The Sindh government has announced plans to establish Wi-Fi centers at the district level to bridge the digital divide and empower the youth with digital literacy. Students will be able to access the internet seamlessly as part of the initiative, which aims to create a more technologically savvy society.
Sindh IT Minister Tanzila Ume Habiba stated that the initiative would ensure that young people, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, have access to the internet for educational and professional purposes.
It is the intention of the provincial government to promote digital literacy and improve the skills of youth through the provision of free Wi-Fi access. As a result of this announcement, the government is taking a significant step towards achieving its goal of creating a digitally enabled society, which is crucial to the economic growth and development of the country.
To support budding entrepreneurs and thriving tech startups, the establishment of incubation centres, accelerator centres, and co-working spaces is already taking place in the nation. Rural areas, however, also require and value digital facilitation.
According to foodpanda Director Policy, Communications and Legal Pakistan, Hassan Arshad, access to internet connectivity is now a basic right for everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background. By establishing state-of-the-art Wi-Fi centers with free internet access, the Sindh government is taking a major step towards digital inclusion.
Noman Ahmed Said, CEO of SI Global, thinks that the Sindh government’s initiative aims to close the digital divide by giving young people access to worthwhile online resources that can aid in their acquisition of new knowledge and skills. Greater economic growth opportunities and a decrease in poverty will result from increased connectivity in rural areas, where internet infrastructure is typically lacking.
Businesses will also profit from tech-savvy clients who can use online marketplaces like Amazon or eBay, something that would be impossible without steady broadband connections.
Muhammad Ammar Hassan, chief marketing officer at Daraz Pakistan, says the Sindh government’s initiative will allow young people to advance their skills and knowledge in the digital economy.
According to the CEO of SI Global, a study conducted last year showed that youth between the ages of 13 and 18 spend about eight hours a day using the internet. Even in today’s challenging economic conditions, the district-level Wi-Fi facility will give the younger generation direct access to the internet at their doorsteps.
Additionally, the facility would keep the youth active and provide equal learning opportunities using contemporary tools and media for them and youth in developed nations. District libraries may also offer Wi-Fi, which could resurrect the practise of reading books.
The Sindh government’s initiative, in conclusion, is a significant step towards creating a society that is digitally enabled, promoting digital literacy, and enhancing the youth’s skills. There will be more opportunities for economic growth, less poverty, and a better future for all Pakistanis with increased connectivity and access to resources and opportunities.