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Digital literacy – Still a huge issue August 10, 2006

Posted by Tom in Education, Research, Technology, Workforce.

The Charity Blog Network reports that a World Report on Digital Literacy indicates that 62% of all countries participating in this particular study felt that the lack of digital literacy in their population was one of the top five challenges facing their countries. 13% said it was the number one challenge. The blog continues:

Bridging the digital divide has become a most crucial element in today’s global workforce – in bridging that gap the universal workings across borders and other barriers will incrementally become smaller and smaller until the difference is imperceptible. Government leaders are taking notice and are implementing ways to educate their kids and adults and this has made digital literacy one of the top-five priorities in confronting “education and literacy, development of public services and infrastructure, economic development and global competitiveness and, finally, empowerment of underserved populations.”

No question in my mind – digital literacy should be a top priority of every workforce planning professional.  Without a computer-literate workforce, what does an economic developer have to sell in this day and age?



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