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21st Century Skill: Digital Literacy
Is technology the “SOS button” that will protect human from all kinds of economic threats?
The truth is that over the last few decades technology has decreased poverty, race inequality and has become a driving force in the lives of people across the world. More than 2 billion of us now have access to the Internet and 5 billion of us have mobile phones.
But there is still the huge gap between the increasing demand from businesses and inadequate supply of skilled workforce in the developing markets. Unfortunately there is not enough skills to fit even the basic requirements of being digitally literate.
Whereas some schools in the USA have IPads and can give their students opportunity to get education easily, there are still a lot of limitations around education in some countries in South Africa, South America and Asia that prevent youth from getting a job.
Until they can afford IPads in all classrooms the biggest tech companies all around the world promote educational initiatives. One of the largest initiatives is arranged by Intel: they offer a range of project-based education programs for young people between 8 and 25 years old. The approach, which runs under the Intel Learn programme, focuses on basic competencies, such as word processing, graphics, the Internet and multimedia.
This example shows us that the real help is giving the massive training program alongside with financial help. As no one gets the opportunity to apply for job at Microsoft and Google just because he has had one computer in the classroom. One thing is clear: technology is not a fix-all solution but it will certainly play an incredibly important role of millions of young people's lives.