Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva. This builds on the BYND2015 Youth Summit organized by ITU in San José, Costa Rica in 2013 where young participants from around the world called on governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governance to reach more people more easily than presently possible. They emphasized that the key to a successful development paradigm will be innovation and asked for education systems that equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global digital economy.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have driven global development in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. Billions of people enjoy access to ICTs thanks to technological progress, infrastructure deployment and falling prices.
The ICT industry has experienced incredible growth over the past 15 years. In 2000, there were 400 million global Internet users; today there are 3.2 billion. There are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide today, up from 738 million in 2000. In 2014, the price of a basic (fixed or mobile) broadband plan was less than 5 per cent of the average Gross National Income (GNI) per capita in 111 countries,…Continue
Posted by Nabil Eid on August 27, 2015 at 3:46pm
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has called for home grown technology based solutions to effectively deal with current and emerging development challenges. Speaking to young Kenyan technology innovators during his visit to iHub, an incubation facility for entrepreneurs and innovators in Nairobi, Ban Ki Moon said technology has the potential of dealing with crisis as it happens and therefore nip it in the bud. He also lauded iHub innovation center for blazing the trail in technology especially in encouraging girls and women to not only learn but to also come up with solutions to issues affecting them.
“I am pleased and inspired by the active engagement of the young people in seeking development solutions through ICT. Creative ideas being advanced in Kenya and other developing countries will…Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 26, 2015 at 3:09pm
The weeklong programme dubbed “ICT Clinic for Girls” is an annual programme instituted by Savana Signatures as part of efforts to empower young girls to recognize and effectively use ICT tools to learn and share information. It is also to promote female participation in the use of ICT for personal and professional development.
The programme main objective is to reduce gender inequalities by increasing women and girls’ ability to effectively use information and communications technology tools for their personal and professional development.
The participating young girls for the 2015 ICT Clinic are from Sawla Model Girls JHS in the…Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 22, 2015 at 4:20pm
Many African women have less free time to experiment with new information and communication technology (ICT) and also experience twice as many challenges accessing the Internet as men do, a report on Uganda has shown.
The report by the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) says Ugandan women face challenges such as working infrastructure and high illiteracy rate compared to men.
“I have seen this especially in the rural areas. When we go to train women in using ICTs they send their daughters who are educated.”
Goretti Amuriat, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)
The report was launched in December 2014, but was discussed at an event to commemorate Women’s Day this month (8 March) in Kampala, Uganda.…
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 20, 2015 at 4:30pm
Dear member,As Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this November, we would love to hear from you particularly on how TCF has helped you or your organization in the last 5 years. We kindly request that you share with us what were the initiatives that have benefited you the most. We…Continue