Digital literacy in Pakistan

Published: January 14, 2020

KARACHI: 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. One of the serious problems for the non-digital literate students is to decipher the right information from credible sources. Students are prone to getting information from non-credible sources as they are not fully capable of determining accurate and ethical information. This has promoted and motivated the explosion of fake news at educational institutions in Pakistan. It takes ample digital knowledge to counter this problem. Digital literacy can create new ways and methods to interact with the digital world. Learners should be digitally literate so that they can safely navigate social media websites. However, if given in the wrong hands, the digital content is distorted. It is up to the federal and provincial government to introduce digital literacy in the core curriculum and help young learners to be expert in this new type of literacy.

Musadiq Manzoor

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2020.

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