The Alannah & Madeline Foundation has partnered with two global leaders in digital intelligence and technology respectively to give young Australians and New Zealanders the skills to thrive in a digital world.
With international digital intelligence think tank, the DQ Institute and its social enterprise, DQ Lab, as well as support from global professional services company, Accenture, the Foundation will launch a high-quality educational and teaching program this year. It will be available to all students aged 11-14 across Australia and New Zealand and will be replicated in a third country (to be identified) in South East Asia.
This world-first collaboration will see students have access to an updated and reworked eSmart Digital Licence, an interactive eLearning platform that helps students become smart, safe and responsible online and is part of the Foundation’s eSmart framework.
The Foundation’s CEO Lesley Podesta said the new partnership is a “game-changer”.
She sees this as a critical collaboration which will introduce a global set of digital intelligence standards.
The eSmart Digital Licence is a world-leading product, Lesley said.
“The support from Accenture and DQ Institute will enable us to bridge the digital divide which contributes to inequity in education and limits future opportunities for so many children.
“This ground-breaking partnership will ensure the next generation will be able to be part of the global economy.”
Bob Easton, Chairman, Accenture Australia and New Zealand, said the partnership aligns with Accenture’s New Skills Now strategy to reduce technological disadvantage, and ensure the Next Generation (Next Gen) is equipped with the skills necessary for an increasingly digital economy.
“Accenture’s purpose is to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity and unfortunately too many young people are held back from realising their full potential because of a lack of access to digital skills,” Mr Easton said.
“With the right interventions we can empower young people to excel in a digital future. Accenture is honoured to work with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to assist in opening the door to a better future for younger generations.”
As part of its support, Accenture is giving its employees the opportunity to engage in-person and/or via virtual volunteering sessions with the Foundation.
DQ Institute’s Founder, Dr Yuhyun Park said she was pleased to partner with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Accenture on this important project.
“DQ (digital intelligence) framework (IEEE 3527.1) is the world’s first global standards for digital literacy, digital skills, and digital readiness,” Dr Park said. “This partnership enables us to support the building of digital intelligence globally, with application of our DQ Global Standards.”
Lesley said the Foundation will draw on its deep understanding of schools across Australia to include those which experience digital disadvantage despite being in regions which are statistically characterised as relatively advantaged.
“The project will also reach students in New Zealand, with the Foundation working alongside key partners in New Zealand and the region.”