COVID-19 affected communities in Colombia face barriers to access information and knowledge that could help them with receiving aid, subsidies, and with their economic and social development. Digital skills are one of these barriers. They are essential for employment, education, accessing social services and help, and understanding health messages. The lack of digital skills denies them the possibility to minimize the effects of the crisis and engage in activities that can improve their lives.
We will train, in digital, data and information skills, youth, women, the elderly, small businesses and other at-risk communities. By creating the capacity to use and understand information and technology, they will be able to understand COVID-19 related messages, find opportunities, search for and manage information, create and share content, collaborate, communicate, build knowledge, and solve problems. They will also be able to discern information and detect fake news.
If we give at-risk, vulnerable and excluded communities the right skills to understand and use technology, information and knowledge, we will help them to overcome the immediate consequences of COVID-19 but they will also develop the skills required to make better longer-term decisions related to their health, education and economic opportunities, and will improve their living conditions. They will be prepared if a second wave hits or a new threat affects their community.
MAKAIA's work in building digital skills