Welcome to Haiti Net Literacy
Internet and digital technologiy 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 technology available and accessible to underserved communities in rural as well as urban areas. Haiti Net Literacy aims to help the youth and the workforce develop basic and advanced computer literacy skills for lifelong learning and job opportunities. Furthermore, this computer literacy project is intended to work with everyone 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. Regarding access to the internet, Haiti lags far behind its Caribbean and Latin American countries.
As many practitioners involved in sustainable development in impoverished communities around the world 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.Access to computer literacy and the internet is a pressing need for underserved communities.
As information technology is indispensable for education, businesses, job opportunities, and economic development, low-income countries like Haiti are now overdue for a comprehensive computer literacy program. In Haiti, in particular, there is a pressing need for computer equipment and internet access in communities residing in rural areas and impoverished urban neighborhoods. Haiti is the only country the whole Western Hemisphere where public schools are not equipped with information technology. With only 10 percent of the Haitian population being “computer literate, Haiti's workforce will be unable to compete on the job market. 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 has for computer access and digital literacy, immediate actions are required to prevent this country from further lagging its Caribbean and Latin American neighbors. As telecommunication and digital technologies continue to develop at an unprecedented pace, all human activities revolve around the internet. In this regard, 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.