Successful and popular footballer from Cote d'Ivoire, Didier Drogba, has signed a deal with the Association for the     Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and Cote d'Ivoire's Ministry of National Education, Technical and Vocational Training     (MENETFP) to promote digital literacy in Africa. The agreement, which he signed through the Didier Drogba Foundation (FDD), will involve involves sensitizing civil society organizations, citizens and development partners to prioritize digital   literacy in their projects.

Known as the KALAAN initiative, it will educate the target populations on development issues such as citizenship, health and financial inclusion through special digital literacy programs.

"I am proud of this partnership and the idea is to reach 10 million young people in five years in Africa," said Drogba.

Digital literacy in Africa

Digital skills and digital literacy have become very important across Africa given increasing Internet and mobile devices penetration. It is also important because some research has revealed that some people, given the various free services companies like Facebook offer, believe the Internet is limited to services like Free Basics. More importantly, people need to be aware of their rights online and how to stay secure.

The signing of the MoU took place at Cote d'Ivorie's Ministry's premises in the presence of Minister Kandia Camara, Didier Drogba, and ADEA Executive Secretary Albert Nsengiyumva.

The project has ambitious plans not only limited to promoting digital literacy in Cote d'Ivoire. It aims to improve the digital literacy levels of more than 10 million people in Africa over a period of 5 years, using new information technology,     including smartphones with a special focus on women and rural communities.


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