BRIDGING THE DIGITAL SKILLS AND LITERACY GAP 

Kyrgyzstan: Widening Knowledge Horizons 

Kyrgyzstan is a country of 6.2 million people, where access to mobile broadband and smartphone ownership is growing. However, in remote parts of the country there remains a gap in knowledge about how to access and benefit from the digital economy.

To improve digital skills and literacy, Beeline Kyrgyzstan launched in 2018 a programme in partnership with Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC) – the not-for-profit youth leadership group – to raise awareness amongst school children. Volunteers train the students in grades five to eleven on areas including smartphone use; internet safety; key online education resources and interactive educational games. Approximately 16,000 school children across 60 schools in Kyrgyzstan benefitted from the digital skills and literacy programme supported by Beeline Kyrgyzstan.

Almaz, one of the participants from the Jalal-Abad region in Kyrgyzstan, commented: “I liked the whole course, especially directions on mobile phone etiquette, the fight against mobile fraud and information about educational resources.”

There was an interesting lesson where we were told about IT security, safe use of the internet and mobile etiquette. It was interesting to know how to avoid mobile fraud and choose the right tariff proposal

Hassan
11th grade student in Jalal-Abad