American group Meta announced last June 22 the official launch of its “My Digital World” learning project in Cameroon. The program will train 4,000 participants in the responsible use of social media.
“This program is designed to provide young people and the general public with the skills to navigate digital spaces safely and responsibly,” says Phil Oduor, head of Meta Policy programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
“The lessons help participants learn tangible skills such as protecting personal information, identifying reputable sources, understanding misinformation themes, and recognizing healthy online relationships,” he added.
The My Digital World program aims to strengthen the role of digital literacy in combating Internet misuse and identifying gaps while ensuring that users have the digital know-how to navigate the web safely. This will enable them to combat misinformation, hate speech, bullying, harassment, and other online hazards, says Meta. The program is already being implemented in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal.
In Cameroon, it was launched in partnership with GIDICom, Digital Access, and Positive Youths Africa.