DOT Rwanda young Digital Ambassadors celebrated for contributing to greater digital inclusion

Five panelists are having a discussion. On a projector in the background it says '2019 DOT Rwanda Digital Ambassadors Graduation'.
Image from The New Times / Dan Nsengiyumva

115 young Digital Ambassadors who worked to improve digital inclusion in Rwanda through digital skills training, digital entrepreneurship and technology-enabled social innovation graduated from the Digital Opportunity Trust’s (DOT) Digital Ambassador Program on 22 November 2019.

The Digital Ambassadors provided digital skills training to 41,980 youth, women and rural populations across twelve districts. Over 75% of citizens trained through the programme reported that their skills and use of mobile technology has improved significantly, and 75% of women reported a greater motivation and confidence to use digital technology. Of Digital Ambassadors, 90% now report a greater ability and passion to contribute to the socio-economic growth of their communities.

DOT, a youth-led movement for digital social innovation, implements the Digital Ambassador Program in partnership with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation (MINICT) and with further financial support from Global Affairs Canada, GIZ, Mozilla, and the EQUALS Global Partnership. The programme is a pillar of the national Digital Talent Policy which aims to increase digital literacy levels, bridge the gender digital divide, drive digital adoption and bridge the ICT skills gap.

In his closing remarks at the Digital Ambassador Program graduation event, the acting Director General of Employment and Labour in the Ministry of Labour and Public Service commended DOT Rwanda’s interventions, which are aligned with employment, workplace learning and TVET policies. “I encourage you to apply what you learnt from DOT programs in your communities, and the government is committed to supporting you,” he told the graduates.

Digital Ambassadors who demonstrated extraordinary commitment during their engagement in the programme were awarded Mara Phones. Special recognition was also given to Digital Ambassadors with disabilities who led as digital champions and role models to impact a larger number of persons with disabilities in the country.

SourceThe New Times