The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN, Inc.) is embarking on a Wireless Network Expansion partnership with the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE), Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA), Department of Planning & Natural Resources/Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums (DPNR/DLAM) and its local Internet Service Provider (ISP) partners to help bridge the Digital Divide affecting students in low-income housing areas across the territory.
National Digital Inclusion Week is an initiative of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). The initiative was created to raise awareness of solutions for bringing home Internet access, personal devices, local technology training and support programs to the people who need it most.
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National Digital Inclusion Week2020
Slide 1: viNGN Honors National Digital Inclusion Week – October 5-9, 2020
Slide 2: What’s Inside:
What is Digital Inclusion Week?
5 Elements of Digital Inclusion
Digital Inclusion Alliance Focus on the Underserved
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) created National Digital Inclusion Week to collaborate with agencies and advocates across America to raise awareness of solutions for bringing home Internet access, personal devices, local technology training and support programs to the people who need it most.
Slide 5: The 5 Main Elements Required for Digital Inclusion
1) Affordable and strong high-speed Internet service
2) Equipment to access the Internet (computers, laptops)
3) Access to Digital Literacy training
4) Excellent Technical Support to maintain equipment
5) Software programs and apps that help make life better
Source: Definitions: Digital Inclusion, Digital Equity, Digital Literacy & Broadband Adoption,
Slide 7: How You Can Help: Become a Digital Navigator
According to the NDIA, Digital Navigators are “individuals who address the whole digital inclusion process — home connectivity, devices, and digital skills — with community members through repeated interactions.”
Wi-Fi hotspots at public housing, community centers, and public areas to help all students in these communities to have high speed Internet access to educational portals within a short distance of their homes. We are in the beginning phase of planning and finalizing locations.
Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE)
Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA)
Department of Planning & Natural Resources/Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums (DPNR/DLAM)