South Africa is in a skills crisis, compounded by the demands of an increasingly digital world. Its citizens need to learn basic digital skills, including how to use computers and how to search for, and assess, online information. These skills can help them to do things like start their own small business or to recognise fake news and online scams.
Online learning platforms do not cater for the majority of South Africans. The courses use too much data and are presented in languages that are not familiar to learners. The creators of Diji say:
We conducted research with over 8,000 Zulu speakers in KZN and Gauteng. 94.5% of them wanted to learn on their cell phone and in their mother tongue language. We developed a mobile learning website and now a WhatsApp chatbot for learning. With Diji (www.diji.africa), our WhatsApp chatbot, we have combined the power of WhatsApp and mother tongue language learning to deliver short courses on basic digital skills for Zulu speakers.
Click here to start learning digital skills on WhatsApp, in Zulu, for free!