Gizealew Alazie Dagnaw, Sisay E Tsigie


The paper aims to explore the overall state of information and digital illiteracy (IDL) in developing countries and how it hampers the growth of individuals and nations. The case of Ethiopia is to be used as an example to illustrate the endemic state of poor information and digital literacy. It also aims to discuss the general drawbacks to effective IDL in developing African countries. Design/methodology/approach – To achieve the objectives of the study, the literature review and result of Ethiopia ‐based surveys are used to indicate the state of IDL among university students and faculty in one country while integrating these findings with discussion. Findings it was found that in Ethiopia, as elsewhere, IL/IDL practice and training are not the norm in libraries or in education; they are not operational priorities. The low level of IL/IDL among the educated classes contributes to the status quo of information illiterate citizens. It also establishes that becoming critical consumers of information is essential for personal and national empowerment. Originality/value   the study explores the overall status of IDL in the developing countries using case of Ethiopia as example. It suggests conducting local research on contextually relevant literacy’s and IL/IDL. The paper invokes the appreciation for making IL/IDL an integral part of learning programmes at all levels. Lifelong learning has become associated with participation in the digital age, affecting everything from access to information technology, to its use in teaching and learning. It is therefore inevitable that educationists turn to digital literacy practices to examine their contribution to, and influence on, learning. This article explores the digital literacy practices of a group of higher education students with minimal previous access to digital resources, as well as how they compensate for uneven access, with a view to examining what they perceive to be challenges and possibilities offered by technology


digital literacy, Information literacy developing country, information communication technology

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