Design of a Methodological Framework for Community Based Digital Literacy: A Kenyan Case Study

Cynthia Oguna, Rebecca Strachan

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To participate effectively in today's society, it is becoming critical that everyone is digitally literate. This can be viewed as the fundamental level of computer science education. However, enabling this particularly in developing counties where a person's priority might be on ensuring they have enough food, water and or shelter for the night is a challenge. Several frameworks have been developed relating to digital literacy and what this comprises, but much less attention has been given to developing a framework on how to embed this within a community. Many governments in developing countries have digital technologies as a core part of their strategy, with an accompanying plan to upskill their citizens. But this usually means in practice that a centralized organisation is charged with delivering digital literacy to the community, with little involvement or understanding of that community in the design and roll out of this. This often results in low uptake/involvement by the community. The aim of this study is to explore how to change this approach by developing a methodological framework that puts the community at the centre of a digital literacy development programme. The researchers have designed this framework based on their experience of working with the N dhiwa rural community in Kenya. This paper outlines the issues with current practice, identifies the key evidence to inform the design and development of the framework and then presents the framework itself. This methodological approach enables those looking to develop digital literacy within different types of communities to consider the needs of each community and adapt the delivery accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th IEEE AFRICON Conference (2023 IEEE AFRICON)
Subtitle of host publicationHosted by IEEE Kenya Section September 20-22, 2023 Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, Kenya
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350336214
ISBN (Print)9798350336221
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2023
Event2023 IEEE AFRICON: Advancing Technology n Africa Towards Presence on the Global Stage - Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 20 Sept 202322 Sept 2023
Conference number: 16

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ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference2023 IEEE AFRICON
Abbreviated title2023 IEEE AFRICON
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