Asikana Network, Facebook to launch digital literacy programme in Zambia

8699233472 d9a6073a72 zAsikana Network, a Zambian social enterprise, has launched the eZibo Digital Literacy programme in Zambia in partnership with Facebook

The programme will train youth between the ages of 13-18 years to understand how they can stay secure online and provide practical tips and guidance.

Asikana Network will be responsible for the management of eZibo’s basic curriculum, as well as Facebook’s safety lessons and the resources available to learners.

The programme will involve the delivery of the set materials provided by the Asikana Network and Facebook through a two-hour day-after-school session between September and December.

Training will take place in 30 schools in six provinces of Lusaka, Central, Eastern, Southern, Western and Copperbelt. Training will be open to the general public through six community schools in these six provinces.

Emilar Gandhi, head of public policy for the SADC region at Facebook said, “The Internet is a gateway to a world of economic opportunities, educational possibilities and friendships for many young Zambians.”

“It is also important for them to learn how to protect their personal information and to safeguard themselves online. Increasing awareness and ensuring that young people feel empowered is important and something we’re committed to,” he added.

eZibo, meaning “e-knowledge” in Lozi, is a programme by Facebook and Asikana Network with a mission to educate the youth in secondary schools about online self-awareness and how to act online as a good digital citizen.

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