The overarching goal of DLI is to qualify youth for active inclusion in the digital economy by providing essential digital literacy education and closing the digital gap. The program aims to go beyond traditional coding education, fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and a range of skills crucial for future higher education and professional activities.
DLI strategically targets youth planning to enter the job market within the next 1–2 years, focusing on high schools and Technical and Vocational Schools in Siem Reap and Battambang provinces. The program encompasses activities such as capacity development for schools, training for students, establishing and strengthening coding clubs, and a commitment to consolidate and scale-up resources for wider access.
The program aims for two key outcomes:
The anticipated impact of DLI includes enabling four target high schools and five TVET schools to implement coding classes, coding clubs, and digital entrepreneurship training. Furthermore, the initiative aims to empower 1,200 students in these schools with basic coding and entrepreneurial skills through access to coding classes and entrepreneurship courses.
DLI stands out with its commitment to open access. All materials developed as part of the coding courses, coding clubs, and digital entrepreneurship courses will be freely available on public platforms. Moreover, lessons learned from implementing digital literacy education will be shared publicly, contributing to the broader education community.
The launch event of the Digital Literacy Initiative (DLI) in Phnom Penh marked the beginning of a journey that aspires to equip Cambodian youth with essential digital skills, preparing them to navigate and succeed in the dynamic digital landscape.