Youngsters should have basic digital technology skills: ministers

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The younger generation should have basic digital technology skills to embrace the Society 5.0 era, said Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy.

“The younger generation should master digital technology to embrace the Society 5.0 era as an update that makes people the main component (of society),” he said in a statement on Saturday.

He highlighted three key skills that the younger generation should have in order to welcome the Society 5.0 era. This includes the ability to solve complex problems and become a problem solver for yourself and many others.

The second concerns the ability to think critically, not only in the classroom but also in society to develop social awareness, while the third relates to the ability to be creative.

To support this, the government continues to drive out and expand internet network connectivity across Indonesia, he said.

In addition, the government uses digital technologies as learning media and strengthens the relevance of education for the world of work.

“Some of these aspects are becoming a key factor for Indonesia to accelerate entry into and embrace the digital economy,” he noted.

The minister also stressed the importance of digital literacy as a key factor in anticipating technology misuse.

“In this case, literacy isn’t just about mastering technology, it’s also about giving people knowledge about how to use technology properly,” he explained.

Improving digital literacy should be coupled with character strengthening and education, especially for school students.

“The government’s entire effort to improve the quality of human resources is to welcome sovereign, developed, fair and prosperous Golden Indonesia 2045,” he said.

The younger generation must be able to become informed, noble, adaptable and collaborative individuals to embrace the changes in the world that are happening rapidly, he noted.

“To make this happen, education plays an important role in welcoming the Society 5.0 era. In addition, the participation of all parties is required, from teachers to parents,” he noted.

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