Welcome to Haiti Net Literacy
Internet and digital technologies have changed lives in a very positive way all over the world, especially in developing countries. Haiti Net Literacy aims to make computer equipment and internet technologies available and accessible to minority groups in Florida and underserved youth all over Haiti. In doing so, Haiti Net Literacy aims to help young and adult learners develop basic and advanced computer literacy skills to enhance both learning and job opportunities. Furthermore, this computer literacy project is intended to work with all participants interested in information technology to unleash their creativity in Web Application Development, game design, and software development.
According to Internet Monitor (2015), only 10.6 % of Haitians are internet users, while 25% of Cubans, 37% of Jamaicans, 45% of Dominicans, and 73% of Puerto Ricans have access to information technology. Based on these statistics, Haiti has the lowest computer access rate in the Western Hemisphere.
Access to computer literacy has the potential to provide lots of benefits to minority communities in Florida and i young and adult learners all over Haiti. For the target communities in Florida and Haiti, access to computer and internet technologies are not WANTS, but NEEDS! As many practitioners involved in sustainable development in impoverished communities have suggested, “access to information technologies by school-age children, the youth, and the workforce is crucial for poor or low-income communities to improve their living standard in this Digital Age.”
As information technology is indispensable for education, businesses, job creation, and social development, Haiti is now overdue for a comprehensive computer literacy program. In this Caribbean nation, there is a pressing need for computer equipment and internet access for communities living in rural areas and impoverished urban centers. With only 10 percent of the Haitian population being “computer literate,” it may sound alarming or even hopeless. Of course, it is shocking to find out that both faculty and students in the Haitian public system don’t have any access to information technologies in their school environment. While these statistics on computer literacy rate in Haiti may sound alarming, there are many other reasons to be hopeful and confident in the future. With nearly half of the Haitian population under 18 years old, Haiti has great potential for its children and the youth to thrive so long as they have access to information technologies in their school environment and within their communities.
Conversely, with a median age of 20.2 for its total population, this comprehensive computer literacy project has the potential to help Haiti catch up with its neighboring countries. Due to the pressing needs Haiti for computer access and digital literacy, immediate actions are required to prevent this country from lagging its Caribbean and Latin American neighbors. As telecommunication and digital technologies continue to develop at an unprecedented pace, they have a positive impact on socio-economic development. In this context, Haiti Net Literacy desperately needs to acquire computer equipment and acessories so as to provide Haiti's youth and workforce with a access to information technology.