The Go Digital ASEAN initiative aims to address the digital gap and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the region by equipping jobseekers and MSMEs with the skills and tools necessary to participate in the digital economy. Implemented by The Asia Foundation, the initiative will reach up to 200,000 underserved people including underemployed workers, businessowners, and micro- small- and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the agri-tourism sector. With support from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, the project is implemented in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to bring critical digital literacy and online safety awareness skills to those who need it most.
Go Digital ASEAN in the Philippines
In the Philippines, Go Digital ASEAN aims to train 25,000 individuals to help them maximize their employment and business growth opportunities. The initiative offers three courses which learners may choose from – Digital Tools for Jobseekers, Harnessing Social Media to Expand Your Business, and Getting your Business Online. These courses focus on core competencies that are becoming increasingly vital in coping with lost economic opportunities due to Covid-19. Lessons and topics included in each of the subjects are aligned with emerging digital trends as well as the Philippine Government’s economic recovery efforts and priorities in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delivered primarily through Online Classrooms, the program builds the learning process around individuals. It utilizes a dynamic and interactive approach, and is not just ‘a webinar’. These methods allow learners to fully understand and explore new skills through hands-on activities and live demonstrations.