Digital literacy is critical in the 21st century. Becoming ‘tech-savvy’ took off in the early 2000s, but when Prime Minister Modi announced the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) in 2014, digitisation and digital literacy became a rapidly expanding focus.
A well implemented digital literacy program can provide adolescents in rural villages with basic computer skills, information about some key applications, how to use the internet for accessing information about government schemes and services, to access other online information, understand village governance, and gain life skills training in areas such as decision-making, communication skills, understanding their feelings, negotiation skills, etc.
Digital literacy sessions, coupled with life skills training, can help the rural youth in villages to gain exposure to concepts beyond textbooks and theory. The exposure that young people have with computer devices and Internet applications help them build their vocabulary and their knowledge.
As a result, digital literacy is an empowering tool to combat low literacy rates.