Multinational technology company Meta has extended its digital literacy program ‘My Digital World’ to Cameroon. The parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram hopes to reach at least 4,000 teenagers from urban and rural communities.
My Digital World was launched in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde on 22 June this year on the sidelines of Meta’s Digital Literacy Forum.
For the next six months, Meta, in partnership with local organizations Global Initiative for Digital Inclusion (GIDICom) and Positive Youths Africa, will train youth on the responsible use of social media and how to navigate digital spaces safely.
Content will include the detection of fake sources, protection of personal information, understanding of misinformation themes, and recognizing healthy online relationships.
Phil Oduor, Facebook’s Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, said the company is elated to launch the digital skills program in Cameroon to empower young people with tangible tech skills.
Launched in 2020 in sub-Saharan Africa, the program is designed to provide trainers and educators with adaptable content that has step-by-step instructions to fit the needs of learners and their learning environment.
Content is divided across six pillars: digital learning, digital foundations, digital wellness, digital engagement, digital empowerment, and digital opportunities