Cultivating Digital Citizens in Zamboanga City

January 28, 2019

This quarter, DigiBayanihan held its biggest event yet. A digital citizenship workshop, “It’s a Digital Life,” was held in Zamboanga City last November. More than 200 participants from various public and private schools attended the event.


DigiBayanihan partnered with Al Husna Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2015, and Out of the Box, an organization dedicated to advancing media literacy education in the Philippines, to bring digital literacy to the people of Zamboanga through a digital citizenship workshop.


Nur Ainee Lim from Al Husna Foundation stressed the importance of digital citizenship by saying that, “if we don’t do anything now to cultivate digital citizenship, then we are creating a catastrophic future for the younger generation.” Digital Citizenship is an individual’s behavior towards the use

of technology. The workshop covered topics such as fighting fake news and cyber security threats.


One participant, Josh from Ateneo de Zamboanga, said “I think this kind of workshop is important, especially for people my age, to have some guidance on how to best interpret these media messages and how to make sense of the entropy around us.”


The workshop was attended by students from various public and private schools from Zamboanga City, as well as teachers and parents. “Digital Citizenship is about knowing how to protect our rights online. I’m glad that it’s gaining momentum through organizations like ASSIST, Out of the Box, and Al Husna Foundation,“ Nur Ainee concluded.