France launches ‘digital pass’ programme to boost digital literacy

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Approximately 1 in 5 French persons has difficulty using computers or accessing the internet due to a lack of digital skills, according to the State Secretariat for Digital Affairs. It is estimated that out of these 13 million people, 50% live in communities with populations of less than 20,000 people, and 74% do not hold a secondary school diploma.

In an effort to boost digital literacy, the French government has launched its “digital pass” programme to enable 200,000 people to participate in up to ten digital skills training sessions at little or no cost. After an initial 10 million euro investment, one million digital passes have been put into circulation across 48 municipalities, allowing their citizens to access workshops that are primarily geared towards teaching participants how to use the internet.

The digital pass is one part of the government’s comprehensive digital inclusion strategy.

Source: Le Figaro