Rwanda trains digital ambassadors to spread digital literacy

Parallel to the implementation of Rwanda’s fourth national digital plan – the Smart Rwanda Master Plan, – a series of programs have been taking place to increase the levels of digital literacy in the country. In October 2017, two major initiatives were added to the list: Tumba Smart Village Initiative and the Digital Ambassadors Program.

The first initiative consists in an effort to group different stakeholders and promote collaboration to promote digital inclusion through technology solutions for rural areas. The second one provides training to 5,000 youth and then seeks to spread their digital literacy skills between at least five million citizens through e-Government and e-Business services. Some of the districts these programs cover are Rulindo, Nyagatare, Nyarugenge, Gisagara and Rusizi.

While these initiatives are mostly intended to drive digital literacy, they are also helpful to enhance the reach of online government services for the population. Additionally, it is relevant to highlight that it adopts an exponential approach in which a selected group is trained not only to succeed in the use of ICTs, but also to share their knowledge.

Source: New Times