The Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed R. Swaray, has said, his Ministry will ensure that digital literacy is included in the schools curriculum. He said, his Ministry will soon embark on digital literacy classes among school pupils across the country. He made this pronouncement at the usual government press briefing, on Thursday, 17th October, 2019, at the Ministry of Information and Communication Conference Hall, in Youyi Building in Freetown. The Minister said, Facebook, for example, has been used for the past fifteen years when it was introduced. It follows a visit by the founder of Facebook a few weeks ago. According to the Minister the two days visit was an eye opener for the country, since we are fastly moving towards digitalization. He said, people across the country don’t know how to use Facebook, for he said, Facebook has a lot of benefits, especially for those who are into entrepreneurship in the use of digital marketing. Adding that the social media site now sponsors and trains female politicians and prepare them for elections.
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He furthered that, they will deliberately target school pupils especially girls. “We have to catch them young especially when they are in school, and prepare them for the future. Michael Powers, a parent, said, he remains doubtful as to the success of such an initiative, for some schools do not even have proper seating accommodation, not to talk of using computers. Jonathan on the other hand, said, the initiative is achievable, if government makes the necessary commitment.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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