Bridging the digital divides

Without IT qualifications, young people in Africa have little chance of finding a qualified job.

Digital divides reinforce existing inequalities: the inequalities between the global South and North, between rural and urban populations, between gender and between old and young people

The digital divides are a social issue, which refer to the different access to information and communication technologies (ICT) between North and South, men and women, rural and urban and old and young.

In close collaboration with our local partner organisations in Africa, Leapfrog e.V. contributes to closing the digital divides

We support access to digital media and promote digital literacy. Access to fast internet alone is not enough to close the digital gaps. It also requires digital literacy to build knowledge from the wealth of information available on the World Wide Web and to use it for the individual benefit and the one of the community.

With our projects, we want to achieve that people can earn an income and overcome poverty, and that civil society can make its voice heard.

New projects

We are working in Buea, Cameroon, where we provide trainings on WordPress and digital marketing in partnership with the Cameroonian NGO ActivSpaces. The trainings aim to to enable young, unemployed or precariously employed people in the conflict-affected country to have a stable income, also in times of crisis and lockdowns.

Our new project in Bukedea district in Uganda aims to make 50 teachers digitally fit so that they can pass on this competence to their students. We closely collaborate with the NGO ADEGO that runs the Fast Internet Center in Bukedea.

In Mathare, a so-called “informal settlement” in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, we provide basic IT education to young people in the “Glimmer of Hope” community library. Besides Office and other basics, we teach how to securely browse through the internet and make use of the opportunities the Net provides and how the community can use digital technologies to draw attention to their interests and concerns.

What can you do about inequalities?

Get involved in our projects. Together with our local partners in Africa, let’s think collaboratively how IT education and digital technologies can support people and their communities. Support our work with a donation, e.g. for the development of economic perspectives for young, unemployed people in Buea, Cameroon.

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