Digital literacy priority for G20 success: ministry

22-Jan-2022 Intellasia | Antaranews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Increasing the digital literacy of the Indonesian people is the ministry’s main priority to make Indonesia’s 2022 G20 Presidency a success, spokesperson for the Communication and Informatics Ministry, Dedy Permadi, has said.

“Indonesia’s G20 Presidency encourages the establishment of digital proficiency and literacy assessment, which can be applied to all G20 members. The ministry is discussing it with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the University of Oxford,” he informed at an online event on Thursday.

As the intergovernmental forum’s chair in 2022, Indonesia has determined digital literacy to be one of the main discussion issues, he said.

Digital literacy assessment, which will be proposed at the forum, will be a benchmark for all countries to prepare their people to face new realities in the digital era, he added.

The ministry’s spokesperson likened assessing digital literacy to building a house, saying both involve the establishment of a foundation, pillars, and a roof.

Establishing the foundation means that the state must provide adequate infrastructure and ecosystem for the digital space to develop, Permadi said.

Next, pillars are needed to be installed, he informed. There are at least three pillars that can be established on the foundation of the digital infrastructure and ecosystem digital literacy, empowerment, and work opportunities, he added.

“Digital literacy is the first pillar. Hence, it must be encouraged to be developed progressively and sustainably. In addition, people must be empowered to become productive while using the Internet. Thus, they can work and earn an income from their digital skills,” Permadi explained.

Meanwhile, digital literacy assessment as the roof completes the foundations and pillars by evaluating the success of the country in preparing its people in the digital era, he said.

Hence, it is not only the government who must play an active role in making the national digital literacy movement a success, but also the community and other institutions, he added.

This would help Indonesia achieve an excellent digital literacy index in the future, he said.

According to the 2021 Digital Literacy Index survey conducted by the ministry on a digital literacy social movement platform, SiBerkreasi, and online media and research company Katadata, Indonesia has a moderate level of digital literacy, with a score of 3.49 out of five points.


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