This multi-stakeholder programme was launched this week by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The programme aims to highlight the continuing importance of digital literacy for all groups in today’s society.
David Clarke, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Institute explains further:
“Today, the internet is materially embedded in our global infrastructure and as a result there is an unprecedented requirement for people of all ages to have digital literacy skills. Our aim is to ensure that the true value of digital literacy is understood by everyone. It is vital for employability and should be regarded as an essential life skill alongside numeracy and literacy; it should not be an optional choice available for a few - otherwise we risk a new form of illiteracy.”
The programme has been launched with an information hub aimed at government, employers and educators. It features resources, news and best practice information. The group will also be hosting a series of activities aimed at furthering and informing the debate on the subject.
The programme will work to ensure that:
- Schools are encouraged to include plans for delivering digital literacy across curricula in addition to inclusion through the new Computing curriculum
- Employers are fully informed about the value that a digitally literate employee adds to productivity and overall job performance