Digital Literacy for Women and Girls (Togo)
The Digital Literacy Issue
With much of the world trying to balance their technology immersed lives; it may be difficult to imagine that there is a widening global digital divide. The digital divide is a worldwide social inequality with only 19% of internet users in the African region. For Togo the digital divide is a major obstacle for development only 5.7% of individuals use internet; among the lowest internet penetration in West Africa. In developing countries like Togo, women and girls are the most at risk of being left behind. According to Graduate Women International, a Geneva based women’s advocacy organization, “women (are) commonly less able to benefit from access to devices or the internet…for a variety of reasons including lack of control over finances and decision making”.
The AOH Solution
Access to digital literacy for all is critical for sustainable development and economic growth. AOH offers low cost access to fundamental computer basics. We also provide free tech tutorials through our MonTogo.net project on YouTube. From our Head Office clients work on an AOH desktop or laptop computer and complete off-line modules from turning on a computer to creating a word document or presentation. They also learn how to access the internet, utilized search engines and send e-mails, etc. The basic digital literacy skills we offer are fundamental in a country where students learn computers from a text book and never touch a keyboard.