During the Covid-19 restrictions, it has become unquestionably clear that digital literacy is essential for accessing basic civil rights. During the pandemic, entire communities in the Bedouin recognized and unrecognized villages were left more marginalized than ever due to the lack of proper connection and severe connectivity barriers.
Responding to the acute need of the communities, NCF initiated a digital literacy project to support Bedouin women from unrecognized villages in gaining access to information about social rights and government services that all depend on internet proficiency. Through the provision of a community-computer connected to the web and a volunteer instructor to teach Internet skills, we founded a growing network of women from unrecognized villages who are learning to use the computer to execute their civil rights. The project offers digital literacy using a locally-tailored model that enables access to information on rights and community development.
Furthermore, based on the identified urgent need of proper internet connection in the unrecognized villages, NCF started a research project to map the digital gaps of infrastructure and internet connectivity in private households, schools and community centers in the Naqab.
Photo: Good Neighbourhood Conference 03.04.2019 by NCF’s team