The Government launches the National Digital Literacy Program on January 21, 2020. Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk together with Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov announced today.
A team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation presented the results of the first sociological survey of digital skills of Ukrainians and the concept of the project "Diia: Digital Education".
"Today we are taking another important step - a step towards overcoming digital inequality in Ukraine. The necessary digital skills should be available to everyone. With this purpose, the National Digital Literacy Program will be launched on January 21," Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk stressed.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said: "The Government's Action Program now contains an ambitious goal of training digital skills at least 6 million Ukrainians in three years. Moreover, 70% of people must be aged between 30 and 60+. The goal is absolutely realistic - we have already prepared a concrete plan of action on how to achieve that. We create an online platform with five different categories of courses. All of those will be absolutely free and available to everyone. In addition, we are establishing partnerships with CASPs, libraries, the private sector, schools and universities. We are planning to create our offline hub network to reach as many people as possible with our program."
Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for European Integration Valeria Ionan presented the results of the first sociological survey in Ukraine: "53.5% of Ukrainians are below the average level in digital literacy. 15.1% of Ukrainians do not have any digital skills, and 37.9% of citizens have low digital skills. 34% of Ukrainians aged 18-70 in the recent year have been targeted by at least one type of fraudulent activity on the Internet, and among young people aged 10-17 years, 49.5% of Ukrainians have been victims of online fraud. The most vulnerable segments of the society affected through the Internet are the youth under 16 and the seniors over 60."
Also, Valeria Ionan told about four portraits of people in the context of having and developing digital skills.
The survey is available here (Ukrainian).
The team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation highlights that the launch of a national online digital literacy platform is a landmark event that will mark the beginning of Ukraine's digital breakthrough.
President of the East Europe Foundation Victor Liach emphasized: "Digital skills are vital for Ukrainians to use online services and influence the authorities." It is due to the Swiss-Ukrainian EGAP Program (E-Governance for Accountability and Participation Program) implemented by the East Europe Foundation that the Ministry of Digital Transformation has conducted research and prepared the first three training courses to be launched on January 21, 2020.
At the National Digital Literacy Platform, Ukrainians will be able to complete three online courses for free: a basic digital literacy course, digital literacy for teachers, and an online course for parents "Online Safety for Children". Subsequently, advanced training courses for various specializations, courses for switchers, lifestyle courses and new digital professions courses will appear on the online platform.
The courses were developed by the EdEra Online Education Studio with the support of Google, Microsoft, DTEK Academy, UNDP, EGAP, CISCO, Osvitoria and Global Teacher Prize.
The training will be conducted in an exclusive format - an educational series. Instead of levels, there will be seasons, and instead of lessons, there will be educational series with the participation of experts and celebrities.
Ambassadors of digital education will be Ukrainian celebrities: Olha Sumska, Nadia Matveyeva, Ruslan Hanumak, Maria Yefrosinina.