SOS Children’s Villages Philippines Enhances Employability Skills Of SOS Youth And Mothers Through The Digital Village Project
Last September 2017, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines officially launched its Digital Village Project which aims to establish ICT infrastructure access inside the villages and to build the technical skills of SOS mothers and children in order for them to gain advance digital literacy and the essential skills to use technology to complement their lifestyle and in the near future, consider a career where they can put their skills to work.
This project, which is now on its second year, was launched as part of SOS Children's Villages Philippines' efforts to “create a simpler, agile and digital organization” which is one of the international Strategy 2030 - Strategic Initiatives of the organization. This project addresses the increasing digital divide between the SOS programme participants and the outside world, and the need of access to information and communication technology tools including, but not limited to, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and traditional desktop PCs.
The Digital Village Project has two phases. Phase 1 is for the capacity building of SOS mothers and children by teaching them computer basics and proper usage, and basic office applications. Phase 2 is for the development of employability skills of SOS youth through ICDL modules.
The project is still ongoing in two pilot SOS Children’s Villages in the Philippines, SOS Children’s Village in Lipa and in Davao, with about 120 beneficiaries.
Now, there are still six SOS Children’s Villages in the Philippines that have limited access to information and community technology tools. Support from the community now is needed to give SOS children, youth and mothers access to ICT skills training and education.