Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) Ministry is collaborating with the Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry to improve students' digital literacy through the education sector's matching fund scheme.

The digital literacy activity aims to improve the number of the literate population from year to year to reduce the spread of hoaxes, head of the Kominfo Ministry's team on Digital Literacy in Education Sector, Bambang Tri Santoso, said.

It also seeks to reduce the number of people defrauded by online scams and prevent personal data loss, unproductive culture, and animosity among people, he said here on Saturday.

Digital literacy is important because technology is developing at a rapid pace and people are required to keep pace with this development, he added.

Therefore, the ministry is cooperating with Bali International University (UNBI) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Volunteers to improve the people's digital literacy, he informed.

There are already 12 culture villages that have been educated on the four pillars of digital literacy—digital skills, digital security, digital culture, and digital ethics, he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Rector 1 at UNBI, Gusti Ngurah Mayun, said that, with the development of the Internet, entrepreneurs are feeling the pressure to become skilled in using the digital space.

The collaboration between the two ministries is part of a series of activities under the Indonesia Makin Cakap Digital (Indonesia Becomes More Digitally Skilled) program initiated and unveiled by the Kominfo Ministry in May 2021.

The program is being implemented in all Indonesian provinces, with the target of making 50 million people digitally literate by 2024.

The education sector is one of the three sectors that is being targeted by the digital literacy program.

Meanwhile, the other two sectors comprise the general public or community sector and the government sector.

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