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New Plan To Boost Digital Literacy

New Plan To Boost Digital Literacy
Students of various schools during the launch of the National Framework of Digital Literacy at Holiday Inn yesterday. Photo: Rama
September 13
10:38 2015

Our Government wants a new generation of young Fijians to be tech-savvy and responsible digital citizens and a new programme plans to achieve this.

The new national framework for digital literacy programme, launched yesterday at the Holiday Inn Suva by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, ensures that digital literacy is taught in schools from Year one to Year 12.

Mr Bainimarama explained that the programme would be rolled out in several stages. He said it would eventually be implemented by 900 schools in Fiji.  The project will help Fijian students attain industry-recognised skills and certification for the latest Microsoft software by the time they leave secondary school.

“This is an initiative that will give students greater access to the knowledge and skills they must learn to realise a future that requires the mastery of new disciplines and new ways of thinking,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“My Government has partnered with the non-profit group, Reach 4 Your Future Foundation – an organisation dedicated to the delivery of digital literacy education to the children of Fiji,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Education was co-ordinating the programme with strategic partners, Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

“Our students will be learning with the best, most up-to-date technologies and software thanks to our partnership with these companies, we have decided to partner with Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard because they are consistently on the cutting edge of digital literacy the world over,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Today, every profession demands technological acumen and our students will now receive the basic training they require to succeed and continue Fiji’s economic progress.

“This programme will prepare and empower our young people to reach their full potential as productive members of our society; it will give them the tools they need to distinguish themselves in the competitive global economy,”Mr.Bainimarama said.

Reach 4 Your Future Foundation founder and president, Ganesh Sen said the programme had been planned for the last three years with the Ministry of Education and the Government.

“My vision is very ambitious in reforming the education system in Fiji because it dates back to when I was student.

“The world we live in is very competitive and we need to invest in digital literacy programmes so that our students can communicate and study the world outside them,” Mr. Sen said.

 

Framework for Digital Literacy

  • Will be taught from Year one to Year 12
  • Will begin in six pilot schools over a six- month period
  • Students will attain industry-recognised skills and certification for the latest Microsoft software

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