Digital Nation ....... Digital-Age Literacies !

WEBB Middle East
Posted April 8, 2014 from United Arab Emirates
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The Middle East as a region has enormous potential both economically and socially if it begins to develop a more digitally literate society. Being digitally literate means more than just knowing how to use a computer or surf the internet . In Middle Eastern Communities, the overlap between people who are digitally excluded and who suffer from low or no digital skills is huge.These people - if they remain disengaged from the digital world - will not be part of the online world revolution. True digital literacy requires being empowered with information on how to best use digital communications to succeed both economically and socially. Learning new digital skills in the community is an essential first step to move the region forward, but learning needs to continue at home.Due to some survey, the most valuable feedback came from the “teach your parents” activity. Ex; -I showed my mom how to use her Iphone once she got it and it was easy for me, but hard for her. -I taught my dad how to use an iPod. It was kind of funny because I understood all of the technological terms but he was not familiar with some of them so I had to find different words to use. It took a while but he finally got it.

In fact,We understood that digital communications is a way to share Arab voices with the rest of the world .So,Through a better understanding of what digital literacy is and where the current gaps are,we created our online platform "WEBB-middleeast.com" & " WEBB-middleeast.org" to start looking at this issue more deeply, and take a chance to learn how to use it to gain competitive advantages in Today's & Tomorrow's Global market .

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JT Long
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing your story. Your point about digital literacy being more than just how to use a computer, but how to use it to communicate effectively is an important one. I also like the idea of children teaching parents in a langage they can understand.

The fact that you took the extra step and started a site shows your commitment. I look forward to hearing updates about the impact you are having in your community.

Yours, JT

WEBB Middle East
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
Obisakin Busayo
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014

Training your Mum and Dad is so wonderful. You have started the part of empowering your community and this is a great step. thank you for the post

Warmest Busayo

WEBB Middle East
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014

Thank you Busayo for your comment , will appreciate if you can read also my other journal :WEBB Middle East:"An Egyptian Feminist Movement into Global Digital Action"http://worldpulse.com/node/83639

Julie
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014

Hi!

It is a great story and it is good to know the initiative you have taken. I agree with your thoughts about digital literacy does not only mean surfing the net. There is so much more to it which most of us needs to learn for empowerment.

Keep up the good work and good luck in your future endeavors.

Julie

WEBB Middle East
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014

Thank you Julie for your comment , will appreciate if you can read also my other journal : WEBB Middle East:"An Egyptian Feminist Movement into Global Digital Action"http://worldpulse.com/node/83639

Fiona McKenzie
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 27, 2014

Hi Rim, I'm intrigued by your project. I checked out the web-sites - which are obviously business-focused, but I think it's an interesting approach to bring your extensive business experience to this area and to see how the professional business world in the Middle East can be recruited as supporters of digital literacy initiatives.

It would be great if you could provide more information within the World Pulse site as to how soem of these projects have progressed.

With best wishes,

Fiona

WEBB Middle East
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 27, 2014

Thank you Fiona for your comment . Happy to know that you visited our websites. Right ! We are focusing to support women on business side by building commercial and professional bridges of understanding between women around the world. It's the first online platform for female entrepreneur :Empower and Support by promoting their businesses and make cooperation between them across different sectors : per example: the female entrepreneurs on the site will need shipment companies; so they can find on the site women who's owners of shipment companies and so they can work together.

AlexandraJM
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014

Hello Rim.

It's so inspiring to learn that you are already working to bridge the digital divide for your community in the Middle East.

You bring up a very good point that digital literacy is so much more than just connecting socially, but can be used as an empowerment tool, and in your case, for helping women in business.

I also like how you employ intergenerational learning by having youth teach adults/parents how to use technology. This is not only empowering for the adults, but also for the youth who can use the opportunity to show their parents that technology and digital connection don't have to be a threatening thing.

I look forward to hearing more about WEBB Middle East's progress and wins. Best of luck to you!

Alex

WEBB Middle East
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014

Thank you so much Alexandra for your nice comment