Everyone now needs digital literacy skills
Taking the UIS itself as just one example: I need to be able to keep in touch with my team while I’m on the move. My team needs to be able to transform long (sometimes very long) lists of statistics into accessible, understandable charts, graphics and other visualisations. Across the world, health workers are using ICTs to remind parents about their children’s vaccinations; farmers are using them to market their crops; and once voiceless people are coming together as never before to make their voices heard.
ICTs are now an indispensable part of our daily lives, and we can barely remember how we managed without them. This carries a risk, however: those who lack access to digital technologies or the skills to navigate them are in danger of being side-lined in a world that is increasingly digital.
That is why this blog focuses on SDG 4 target 4.4: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. It explores Indicator 4.4.1: the proportion of youth/adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill. Both the target and the indicator reflect a forward-looking commitment by countries. But what does it mean to have such skills, and how can this be measured?
Again, we will draw on the new and easy-to-use tools produced by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), particularly the Quick Guide to SDG 4 Education Indicators to guide us through the process for this global indicator for the world’s education goals.