Stories – People & Planet
There is still a broad digital divide in the world.” In order to bridge the digital divide, GenU and UNICEF recently published an article identifying four critical stepping stones:
- Digital literacy
- Work-ready skills
Online learning platforms offer great opportunities to provide locally relevant content, in local languages, that fills gaps in the curriculums, for example. But even more crucial is the access to these platforms. “Even if you have access to the Internet and there is content available, if you do not have a device to access this content, then it’s useless," notes Furrow. That’s why UNICEF also works with partners to figure out how to provide devices.
Furrow believes that far from silencing the voices of youth around the world, Covid-19 and the need to cope with it became a point that caused many young people to spring into action.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is everyone’s concern," says Furrow. “We should and must reflect together how to maintain health on earth for each and every one of us, no matter who we are and where we come from. At UNICEF, we want to affect every single youth and young person in the world to make sure that they are employed, educated and involved in entrepreneurship or training. “While the numbers may be overwhelming,” he says, “when you drill down to the local level, to one person and how you can impact them, it’s so rewarding.”
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