Digital Empowerment Movement relaunched in Visayas

Digital Empowerment Movement relaunched in Visayas

CEBU CITY, Nov 20 (PIA) — With the goal of providing digital literacy, digitally-enabled literacy, and promote digital citizenship among Filipinos, the DigiBayanihan (DB) relaunched in the Visayas at the University of San Carlos, this city.
The DigiBayanihan introduced its Initiative called Ecosystem composed of The Career Engine, Test Hero, and DQWorld, which are accessible to users for free.

The Career Engine is designed to prepare graduating students to be job-ready through soft skills training and work enhancement tips, while Test Hero is an online test preparation portal where learners can train and practice for their respective examinations such as university entrance tests for graduating high school students.

DQ World, on the other hand, measures the digital intelligence (DQ) of children from 8 to12 years old through interactive online games.

At its core, students learn digital skills: digital citizen identity, screen time management, cyberbullying management, cyber security management, digital empathy, digital footprint management, critical thinking and privacy management.

The three initiatives are geared to create a dynamic educational platform hub that is accessible to everyone, increase digital literacy and digitally-enabled literacy through online portals and offline career development trainings, and teach young people about internet safety procedures and empower the youth to become responsible digital leaders.

DB is an innovative digital empowerment movement and social action by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustain Transformation (ASSIST) with the support from and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

It began in 2014 as a partnership between the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communication Technology Office (now called Department of Information and Communications Technology), Intel Philippines, and ASSIST.

ASSIST Asia Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan shared that they continue to build partnerships to reach out to the whole of Visayas to give digital enablement to all communities.

“We have to recognize there is still a sizable amount of people who are left behind,” Narayanan said.

Digital enablement can help people like sari-sari owners develop their businesses by using Google Map to geolocate their location or make elderly care affordable and accessible such as giving instructions to IT-enabled equipment. (asv/PIA-7-Cebu)