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Facebook is partnering with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise awareness about Internet safety.

That campaign also includes security for Safer Internet Day, celebrated on 11 February with the theme “Together for a better Internet”.

“We’re committed to ensuring Facebook and Instagram are places for everyone, especially the youth,” says Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy: Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Facebook in sub-Saharan Africa.

“That’s why we offer a range of tools on our platforms to give people full control over their experience, and work with our partners to drive awareness about the practices, resources and tools people can use to protect their online wellbeing.”

The partners Facebook is working with this year include:

Quotes from Partners:

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“We share Facebook’s commitment to creating a safer online environment, characterised by community, respect and kindness. It’s a pleasure to once again work with Facebook on this important annual day of awareness.” Qhakaza Mthembu, COO at Digify Africa, South Africa

“Social media offers so many great opportunities to create, engage and share online. By focusing on Internet safety, we can help the youth really enjoy these benefits while keeping safe from the risks of the online world.” Samantha Barnard, Deputy Director at Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC , South Africa

“Digital platforms have opened up wonderful new avenues for learning, working and playing. Focusing on Internet Safety in partnership with Facebook is our contribution to helping the youth to freely and safely enjoy the advantages of online connectivity.” Diana Schwarz, Founder of Diana Schwarz Attorneys , Social Media Lawyer and Child’s Rights Activist, South Africa

“With more and more young people in Africa gaining Internet access, it’s important to drive awareness among teens, parents, caregivers and educators about the tools available to stay safe online. We are proud to partner with Facebook in this effort.” Lillian Kariuki, Executive Director at Watoto Watch Network.

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“Technology tools allows young people/youth to access opportunities in the digital space and opens them to a powerful portal to knowledge, growth and community. But it’s also important for NGOs, schools and platforms to work together to help these young people understand how they can get the best and safest experience from this invaluable resource.” Tosin Abolaji, Digital Inclusion Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative.

“The pillars of education have evolved beyond the usual reading, writing and mathematics to include Digital Literacy. The support from Facebook to unpack the discussion across the continent about Digital Literacy and Computer Literacy helps to overcome the technological gaps and is commendable” Awo Aidam Amenyah, Executive Director at Child Online Africa.

“For young people, digital platforms are all about sharing. By working with platforms like Facebook, we can teach them to do so in a way that is safe and enjoyable.” Rindra Loïc Rabemananjara , Project Officer at Youth First Madagascar.

“The Internet has been an amazing force for good in the world, but like every powerful tool, it needs to be used in a safe and responsible way. That’s why we are pleased to be part of this education and awareness effort.” Boniphase Malale, General Secretary at Computing and Information Association.

“Safer Internet Day is a wonderful platform for discussions about how we can all create a better Internet by being kinder, more respectful, and more aware of online safety concerns.” Regina Mtonga, Director & Co-founder of Asikana Network.

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