In order for UNICEF to create more enabling policies and effectively implement digital literacy programs, it is necessary to take stock of the current developments in this field - in general and within UNICEF - and to begin to map a plan for the Organization taking into account UNICEF’s mandate, field presence and its comparative advantage.
Therefore, under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, the Policy Specialist, Digital Connectivity, Policy Lab, the Consultant will produce a scoping paper on digital literacy and skills based on a broad scoping review and analysis. Overall, the paper should propose a working definition of digital literacy and skills, highlight key frameworks and how they can be adapted to UNICEF’s needs, present national policy and program approaches, highlight the efforts and needs of country offices and include policy and program recommendations for UNICEF. In doing this it will contribute to the identification of gaps and priorities for future research as this field advances.
Given UNICEF’s mandate and work in both high income and low-income countries focusing on all children, including the most disadvantaged, marginalized, children with disabilities and girls, the paper will seek to answer two broad questions:
1) What are the known main barriers to increasing digital literacy and skills among children?
2) What can be learned from internationally agreed or evidence-based frameworks, national policies and large-scale programming approaches that show success or promise in in overcoming these barriers?
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