Kominfo encourages collaboration to drive digital literacy

Kominfo encourages collaboration to drive digital literacy

Director-General of Applications and Informatics of Kominfo, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, during a webinar on September 10, 2021. (ANTARA/Livia Kristianti/rst)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) encourages the acceleration of collaboration with the community to embrace the digital literacy agenda.

The ministry expects the community to actively participate in efforts to develop digital skills that support the government's main program of digital transformation.

"As we all know, the pandemic and rapid developments in technology have brought about a change in our daily activities. The presence of technology as part of the people's lives emphasizes that we are facing an era of technological disruption," the ministry's Director General of Applications and Informatics Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan stated here on Saturday.

To this end, Pangerapan believes that all stakeholders should expedite cooperation to facilitate the realization of Indonesia's digital transformation agenda.

The digital literacy status survey conducted by the ministry in 2020 found that Indonesia scored 3.47 in the 1-4 index with reference to the digital framework of a country belonging to UNESCO.

This value indicates that Indonesia fell in the category of having moderate digital literacy and had yet to achieve a good digital literacy status.

Hence, the government had boosted various types of activities, both through seminars and workshops with several community institutions or other communities, for people to obtain maximum digital literacy.

However, Pangerapan emphasized that good digital literacy cannot be realized without active community participation.

Nevertheless, he expressed optimism that Indonesia would be able to achieve optimal digital literacy, especially accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitates people to use their smartphones for daily activities.

"The new normal, both now and post-pandemic, will accelerate the digitization process in various lines of our lives. Therefore, we must prepare our human resources with appropriate digital skills to face these changes. Let us bring positive changes for a better Indonesia. We create qualified innovation by developing talent and maximizing the digital potential of the Indonesian people," he remarked.

Since early 2021, the government has been aggressively promoting programs to accelerate digital transformation. The government also offers training programs to impart soft skills or basic abilities to the community to boost their proficiency in using digital technology.

One of the programs is the National Digital Literacy Movement (GLDN) that was launched along with Siberkreasi, which is a multi-stakeholder forum initiated by Kominfo to usher in digital literacy in Indonesia.

Digital Ethics, Digital Safety, Digital Skills, and Digital Culture are included in the curriculum of GLDN. Annually, 12.4 million people can access the digital literacy class to make them more technologically capable.

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