Digitally Empowered, Connected and Protected through “Dawwie”
Digital learning training offers comprehensive skills to girls and boys in Aswan
The “Dawwie” digital learning component is one of the activities within the National Girls’ Empowerment Initiative “Dawwie” which comes under the National Investment Framework for Girls. “Dawwie” offers young girls and boys the opportunity to express themselves, have their voices heard, and develop new skills to unleash their full potential. The training on digital learning includes a focus on communication, self-expression, access to and verification of information, content creation in addition to online safety.
Menna Safwat (13 years old) and Sarah Mohamed (12 years old) are two best friends and recipients of the training. Studying and communicating with their friends is what Menna and Sarah mostly do online, “we study together through video calls, and we also take pictures and share entertaining moments on our WhatsApp group,” said Menna.
Due to spending most of their time online, children and adolescents are highly exposed to online threats such as having their mobile phone or social networks hacked. The digital learning training is designed to teach young girls and boys about digital empowerment, being safely connected online and self-expression using digital tools.
The essential skills provided to children focus on critical thinking, as well as equipping trainees with tools to protect themselves from online threats and cyber violence.
“I did not protect my mobile phone before, my friends used to check it. I don't like people to check my phone, it is private,” said Sarah. Some adolescents can experience undesirable hacking, such as the story of 12-year-old Sherif Mohamed, who is one of the training recipients. “Someone hacked my Facebook account and I found out that somebody had posted undesirable images, then my friends started to question me. In the training I learned how to make a strong password on Facebook,” said Sherif.
At the end of the training, the participants receive a certificate that proves their attendance and that they gained new digital skills.
Over 100,000 children have been trained through the “Dawwie” Digital learning, both online and offline. Besides the digital learning component, “Dawwie”; meaning ‘voice that resonates with an impact’, is an initiative that encompasses various activities such as storytelling circles, intergenerational dialogues, and community dialogues through public viewing clubs of the award-winning documentary ‘It Takes a Village’ showcasing positive Dawwie role models. In 2022, “Dawwie” was placed under the auspices of H.E. Ms. Entissar El Sisi within the framework of the National Investment Framework for Girls and is currently implemented in more than 21 governorates in Egypt, led by the National Council for Women (NCW) and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM).
In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MoETE), Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS), Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and Ministry of Culture (MoC), Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT), National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPD) and the National Population Council (NPC), and UNICEF.