NITDA Launches DigitalForAll Challenge 2.0 to Boost Digital Literacy

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NITDA Launches DigitalForAll Challenge 2.0 to Boost Digital Literacy

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

The Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, has unveiled plans to establish ‘Tech Clubs’ nationwide, saying it is in alignment with the agency’s quest to achieve 70% digital literacy by 2027, and the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration.

Inuwa made the disclosure during DigitalForAllChallenge 2.0 initiated by Tech4Dev.

“Our collective mission is clear as we launch this program as complementary efforts toward achieving a 70% digital literacy rate for Nigerians by 2027,” said Inuwa, emphasizing the significance of the DigitalForAll Initiative in shaping the nation’s future.

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In his keynote address, Inuwa highlighted the strategic pillars of NITDA’s redrafted Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0), emphasizing their critical role in addressing the agency’s mandates, mission, and values.

The competition, according to Inuwa, is a well-thought-out program aimed at empowering every Nigerian with the knowledge and proficiency needed to excel in the digital landscape.

He stressed the importance of digital literacy in fostering innovation and ensuring inclusivity in the rapidly evolving digital world.

“The key objectives of the DigitalForAll Initiative hinge on Inclusive Digital Literacy, Accessible Learning Platforms, Public-Private Partnerships, Measurable Impact, and Awards,” explained Inuwa, underscoring the necessity of collaboration among various stakeholders for success.

Expressing gratitude to partners, sponsors, and contributors, Inuwa urged all parties to embrace the challenge journey with enthusiasm and determination, envisioning a digitally inclusive Nigeria.

Earlier, Joel Ogunsola, Founder of Tech4Dev, announced that a total of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira will be awarded across different categories as prizes, emphasizing the fundamental right of every Nigerian to digital literacy and skills for future employment.

“There are intentional efforts by NITDA to invest in the sustainability of this initiative for the long run,” Ogunsola stressed, outlining the structure of the challenge, which includes state-level, regional, and grand finale competitions.

The initiative, in partnership with NITDA and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, is hailed as Africa’s largest digital skilling competition, aimed at promoting self-development and fostering the acquisition and utilization of digital skills through competitive incentives.

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