Digital literacy in Pakistan
The 21st century has been an era of digital, as the digital revolution has changed the dynamics of the global world. Technology has become an important tool to reduce or eliminate societal problems like corruption and crime. The ushering digital technology has changed the definition of literacy whereby individuals capable of reading and writing are called literate. Students are considered active societal agents playing an important role in the present and future matters at the local and national level.
It is the gigantic and innovative initiative taken by Prime Minister Pakistan Imran Khan to upgrade digital Banking infrastructure and easing the conditions or requirements and exhausting paperwork to avail digital services such as e-payments, online transactions and the issuance of credit cards, and their use at online stores i.e. in-store shopping, Fuel fill-up at stations, online utility bill payments and Universities fee payment gateways, but unfortunately, such easy and instant payment facility is currently available to elite business class and involves too much paperwork, guarantees and regulations.
Pakistan is amongst such fortunate countries where youth Population is 60% of the total population; however they are less equipped of modern technologies due to which they are struggling to get reasonable jobs after completion of their education. That is why Pakistan has a high level of unemployment as youth avoid entering entrepreneurship since they lack skills, training and financial resources.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took a right decision to launch ‘Digital Pakistan Vision’ in a bid to take the country digitally forward. The digitalization will help in providing jobs to the youth and spur their creative abilities.
Pakistan has the world’s second largest youth population “which can be converted into our strength with this one initiative alone”. The problem is that the youth is mostly untrained and millions of it can neither read nor write. There is therefore a need for mega-investment in education and technical training to turn the dream into reality.