Asikana Network partners with Facebook to launch Ezibo Digital Literacy programme in Zambia
Asikana Network has launched eZibo Digital Literacy program in Zambia, in partnership with Facebook.
Aiming to train youths between the ages of 13-18 across schools nationwide, the programme will challenge students in understanding how they can stay safe online and provide practical tips and guides.
eZibo meaning “e-knowledge” in Lozi, is a program by Facebook and its partner Asikana Network with a mission to educate the youth in secondary schools on topics around self-awareness online, and how to behave online as a good digital citizen. The official launch event for the program took place at the Southern Sun Hotel.
The Minister of Transport and Communication, Honourable Mutotwe Kafwaya emphasised the need to impart digital skills to develop Zambia. The Director General of ZICTA, Mr Patrick Mutimushi, expressed support for the digital literacy program that Facebook and Asikana Network will be implementing in the country. He added for the program to succeed, there is a need for a continued collaboration and partnership with diverse stakeholders.
The program addresses the low levels of digital literacy among learners in high school and aims to educate them on how to navigate and understand the ever-changing cyber space. It will equip learners to meaningfully connect with each other, protect themselves from scams and predators, stand up against cyber-bullying and more; so that they stay safe and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet has to offer.
“The Internet is a gateway to a world of economic opportunities, educational possibilities and friendships for many young Zambians,” says Emilar Gandhi, Head of Public Policy for the SADC region at Facebook. “But 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.”
Asikana Network will be responsible for administering the basic curriculum of eZibo as well as Facebook’s lessons on safety and the resources available to learners. The program will involve delivery of set materials provided by Asikana Network and Facebook through a 2 hr/day session after-school hours between September and December. This training will be carried out in 30 schools in 6 provinces namely Lusaka, Central, Eastern, Southern, Western and Copperbelt, as well 6 community schools across those provinces where these trainings will also be open to the general public.