PROMOTING DIGITAL LITERACY AND SOCIAL EQUITY IN EDUCATION: LESSONS FROM SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES

Authors

  • Chima Abimbola Eden Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Onyebuchi Nneamaka Chisom National Examinations Council (NECO) Nigeria,
  • Idowu Sulaimon Adeniyi Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijmer.v6i3.880

Abstract

Promoting digital literacy and social equity in education is a critical endeavor in our increasingly digital world. This review explores lessons gleaned from successful initiatives aimed at achieving this goal.  Digital literacy encompasses the ability to effectively navigate, evaluate, and create digital content. It is a fundamental skill set for participation in modern society and the workforce. However, access to digital resources and education is unevenly distributed, exacerbating existing social inequalities. Successful initiatives in promoting digital literacy and social equity in education have demonstrated several key principles. Firstly, they prioritize equitable access to technology and internet connectivity, ensuring that all students have the necessary tools to engage in digital learning. Additionally, these initiatives recognize the importance of culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of students. By incorporating content that resonates with students' lives, they foster greater engagement and participation in digital learning activities. Furthermore, successful initiatives emphasize the development of critical thinking and digital citizenship skills. Students are taught how to responsibly navigate online spaces, critically evaluate information, and engage in respectful online discourse. These skills are essential for students to become informed and ethical participants in the digital world. Collaboration between educators, policymakers, and community stakeholders is another hallmark of successful initiatives. By working together, these stakeholders can leverage resources and expertise to create comprehensive strategies for promoting digital literacy and social equity in education. Successful initiatives in promoting digital literacy and social equity in education prioritize equitable access, culturally relevant curriculum, development of critical skills, and collaboration among stakeholders. By learning from these initiatives, educators and policymakers can work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable educational system in the digital age.

Keywords:  Education, Literacy, Digital, Social Equity, Initiatives, Review.

Published

2024-03-16

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