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Let’s talk¬†#Digital_Literacy

It is common knowledge that the world is going digital. You will agree with us that almost every technical position/job in the world today requires Digital Literacy skills/competence making these skills indispensable in the 21st century job market.

The American Library Association-ALA defines Digital Literacy as “the ability to use Information and Communication Technologies to find, evaluate, create and communication information, using both cognitive and technical skills”.

Going by the definition above coupled with recent happenings, we are almost convinced that there has been a shift of interest/attention from Traditional Literacy to Digital Literacy.

In our society today where many still struggle to acquire¬†#BASIC traditional literacy skills, how do we incorporate “functional illiterates” into today’s digital world?. This shift of interest to us has indirectly placed more importance on the need to advocate for Traditional Literacy as it is the foundation for lifelong learning. Though some of these ICT tools or digital applications take cognisance of the fact that some of its users might be functional illiterates and make provisions for such category of persons, acquiring Basic traditional literacy skills will go a long way to reduce some of the challenges faced in acquiring and using modern day digital technologies/skills for developmental purposes.

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