Kazakhstan holds free digital literacy courses

NUR-SULTAN – The Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry and Zerde Holding, the national information and communication technology (ICT) company, have launched digital literacy training programmes throughout the regions.

The courses will develop human capital as part of the Digital Kazakhstan state programme, which includes achieving 80 percent digital literacy in the country. To reach the goal, 468,000 people must be trained in digital competencies, which include basic digital skills, information security, e-commerce and e-government.

The first courses have been held in the last 12 months. More than 686,000 people were instructed in basic digital skills and the digital literacy rate for the year reached 79.6 percent.

This year, training will be centred on developing basic digital skills, including confident use of a personal computer or laptop, mobile devices, the Internet, security and data protection. The courses will cover e-government skills such as obtaining necessary electronic government services online.

The skills necessary to use Open Government, including its four components – open data, open regulations, open dialogue and budgets – are obligatory under the programme, according to the ministry.

The courses will stress e-commerce skills to acquire, sell and promote products and services online. Information security, including protecting personal data, personal computers, tablets, smartphones and Internet use will be part of the class.

Specialists from Zerde Holding, Government for Citizens, the National Information Technologies Centre and Kazpost conducted training in April and May for IT experts in all regions. The professionals will subsequently train the population.

Training courses will be provided free of charge for all who wish to increase their skill level. Classes began June 17 in schools and libraries in regional centres, villages and towns. Dates and venues are available on local executive body websites and the Digital Literacy section of Digital Kazakhstan.