By The Gambia Youth Task Team
Banjul, The Gambia – The COVID-19 Pandemic has undoubtedly sent shock waves through the world, disrupting global economies, restricting movement, and halting many of our social activities. In Africa, the challenges have been enormous and devastating, with young people including school children bearing the biggest brunt.
The transition from physical learning to online classes was a big challenge for many students in Africa. In The Gambia, due to poor infrastructure and lack of access to digital literacy in public schools, many students could not cope with the new learning method because they lacked the skills and training to deal with digital tools and systems, which caused most of them to miss an unaccounted number of school hours.
Through the Africa Youth Partnership for an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Gambia Youth Task Team is conducting an advocacy program on improving access to digital literacy in The Gambia.
This campaign commences today, 25th October 2022 with a survey, where the team invites principals/headteachers, teachers and students to participate in a national online survey. The survey, which covers primary, junior and high schools, seeks to collect data on digital literacy gaps and the needs of Gambian public schools. It gives respondents the opportunity to share the technology challenges in their schools and suggest ways to improve access to digital literacy in public schools.
After the survey, The Gambia Youth Task Team will be engaged in stakeholder meetings and policy briefings to advocate for improved access to digital literacy in Gambian public schools.
The team, therefore, urges Gambians to help in completing the survey if they are eligible as per the three categories listed above. The Gambia Youth Task Team is committed to the process of addressing the digital literacy gaps in Gambian public schools however, the team relies heavily on Gambians for the success of this campaign.
Visit this link (https://bit.ly/ClosingDigitalLiteracyGAP) to complete the survey.