The Africa Digital Media Foundation recently featured in a full-page spread in the Sunday Standard, a national Kenyan newspaper, with an article titled ‘What you need to survive in a digital world’. The importance attributed to this article is a reflection of the importance of the issue at hand: digital skills for the budding workforce of the future.
Whilst for some of us it may be too late to fully adjust to the digital world because of well-ingrained non-digital practices, we can ensure that the youth of today are equipped with the full gamut of digital skills that will put them in a competitive position in the future workplace.
In the article we explore the eight digital skills that, according to the World Economic Forum, make up ‘Digital Intelligence’ or DQ: digital identity, digital use, digital safety, digital security, digital emotional intelligence, digital communication, digital literacy and digital rights. In the article we expound on how these skills and attributes should not make certain people stand out more than others, but should instead be a given in every single young person leaving secondary school education, and start as early as primary school.
An ADMI education embodies these eight digital skills, and as at now, this makes ADMI graduates stand out from the crowd. We are acutely aware that with the COVID-19 pandemic these skills, as well as the technical skills in graphic design, animation, photography, etc., taught at ADMI, are more important than ever, which is why we want them to be so easily accessible. We encourage this by engaging in advocacy work, by providing scholarships to disadvantaged young men and women, and establishing partnerships with learning institutions and like-minded companies and organisations to further this mission.