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International Literacy Day: Bridging The Digital Literacy Gap In India

The celebration of International Literacy Day serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to bridge the digital divide, ensuring that the benefits of the digital age are accessible to all. In this era, possessing digital literacy is imperative to actively engage in the digital age

Since 1967, International Literacy Day’s primary purpose is to emphasise the essential nature of literacy as both a fundamental human right and a matter of dignity. This day provides an opportunity for promoting the cause of literacy, with the ultimate goal of creating a society that is not only more literate but also sustainable.

According to a report by Ideas for India, significant disparities exist between urban and rural areas in terms of digital literacy rates. Urban areas exhibit a notably higher digital literacy rate, standing at 61 per cent, in contrast to a mere 25 per cent in rural areas. This glaring disparity underscores the urgent need to bridge the digital divide ensuring equal access to digital opportunities across all regions of our diverse country.

Girija Kolagada, VP- Engineering, Progress said, “India’s digital transformation presents a massive economic opportunity, poised to reach an impressive $1 trillion digital economy by 2025. To seize this potential, businesses should strategically leverage existing technology infrastructure and tap into India’s diverse talent pool by adopting cutting-edge technologies, making substantial investments in digital infrastructure, emphasis on diversity and inclusion and embracing remote and gig workers to bridge the digital divide.”

The statistics provide a compelling illustration of the significance of digital literacy in India. In an era where the world is becoming progressively interconnected through the internet, possessing digital literacy is imperative for individuals to access information, communicate efficiently and actively engage in the digital age.

Rency Matthew, Global People Leader APAC, Sabre commented, “A recent study by PwC revealed that 55% of businesses believe they lack digital skills among their employees, hampering their competitiveness. To fill India’s digital literacy gap, we need a multifaceted approach, including revamped curriculum, accessible digital resources, and community outreach. In this era of digital revolution, investing in upskilling, embracing automation, nurturing talent and fostering digital literacy is the compass to a prosperous future.”

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This industry story featuring Rency Mathew was published in BW People.