3 December 2023
MCIT, UNICEF Champion Digital Citizenship in Aswan with Training, Awareness Activities

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, has organized training and awareness activities in Aswan within the framework of the Digital Citizenship initiative.

The undertaken activities were conducted as part of the collaboration protocol between MCIT and Aswan Governorate to foster digital community empowerment for citizens. The activities also align with the MoU established between Om Habibeh Foundation and the Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development (DT4SDE) project, the primary objective of which is to enhance individuals' digital skills by seamlessly integrating ICT into various sectors, including community, economic, and environmental development in Aswan.

Activities included a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on UNICEF online safety toolkit, held at Om Habibeh Foundation’s premises in Aswan. The training was specifically designed to enhance the capabilities of teachers, trainers, educators, parents, and caregivers in Aswan. Participants underwent training activities focused on developing digital citizenship skills, empowering them to serve as knowledge ambassadors capable of promoting community awareness among children and adolescents. The key objective is to cultivate a generation of digital citizens adept at utilizing technology tools in a secure, efficient, and responsible manner, contributing to a safer and more responsible digital environment for the community in Aswan.

The training covered a spectrum of essential topics, including the introduction of the digital citizenship concept, the creation of a secure digital identity, and the protection of privacy. Notably, the program aimed to elevate the awareness of the target group concerning cyber threats and dangers faced by children and adolescents with the growing use of social media. These potential risks encompassed issues such as blackmail, impersonation, cyberbullying, and stalking. The training placed a significant focus on imparting crucial protection strategies to effectively address and mitigate these risks. Additionally, participants were guided on how to access and communicate with the available support and assistance channels.

Furthermore, two workshops were organized to address the critical issue of safeguarding children from the potential dangers of the internet and social media. The workshops were joined by children from youth centers and schools in Aswan.

The workshops involved comprehensive education for participants on various types of dangers and challenges prevalent in the digital environment. An innovative approach was adopted, incorporating role-plays to enhance the self-confidence of the attendees, enabling them to effectively confront digital challenges. The training underscored the significance of channels like the Child Helpline 16000, providing valuable information on how children can reach out to report incidents and seek assistance when they find themselves in danger.

Additionally, the workshops covered fundamental concepts and diverse topics tailored to the specific age group targeted, ranging from 9 to 15 years old. The toolkit comprised engaging activities such as coloring exercises, games, and physical, interactive sessions. These activities were strategically designed to facilitate the assimilation of online protection skills among children through age-appropriate games, fostering an enjoyable and effective experience.

The training content of the online safety toolkit was collaboratively designed through a partnership between UNICEF and MCIT.

The Digital Citizenship and Online Protection initiative was initiated by MCIT, aiming to raise societal awareness regarding the rights and responsibilities individuals hold in the digital realm, particularly given the growing dependence on technology and digital systems in various aspects such as work, education, and training. The initiative is designed to empower individuals in constructing and overseeing their online digital identity while equipping them to effectively address the associated risks in the digital environment. In doing so, the initiative plays a crucial role in fostering a safer cyberspace for everyone.
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