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.
In addition to its usual in-depth analyses of the topical enterprise IT issues, Brainstorm's August edition recognises women who have achieved amazing inroads into the male-dominated workforce, says Brainstorm editor Jane Steinacker. "We are not detracting from the diverse and strong editorial content to which our readers have become accustomed. It's about highlighting the role of women in the development of the ICT sector in South Africa."
The cover story profiles Babalwa Dube, a young entrepreneur driving an ICT community initiative in Nkandla – doing what she can to empower young women shackled by poverty and prejudice – to try to help them create a new future for themselves.
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on August 3, 2015 at 3:23am
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) has unveiled a new digital technology platform that will connect young people to employment, training and mentoring opportunities in its pan-African youth empowerment initiative, Youth Empowered for Success (YES!).
The new YES! technology platform will enable wider accessibility and greater scale for the program, providing life skills training, business skills training and access to employment and mentoring for 25,000 young Africans over the next three years.
The YES! initiative – launched in June 2015 – will initially empower marginalised youth in six countries through a $4.5 million TCCAF investment, while building technology and strategic partnerships to reach 500,000 youth by 2020.
The YES! program is currently being introduced in Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia by TCCAF and…Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 27, 2015 at 2:32pm
By; Mayanja Meddie, FormerSenior Program Officer for telecentre.org at IDRC.
Telecentres today are the key to telecentres of tomorrow. If they succeed in achieving their objectives, there is no doubt that development partners, social investors and governments will have a fresh look at the potential of telecentres to development. In June 2005 the government of Ghana launched the first of its two hundred thirty telecentres to be established across the country. In Rwanda, US $ 1 million has been set aside for a countrywide telecentres program. All these are some of the bold initiatives that will be boosted by exquisite telecentre planning today. Financial and social sustainability of telecentres remains one of the key…Continue
Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on July 15, 2015 at 1:48pm
Unemployment is one of the biggest issues facing us today specifically, the disability community. Entering and influence disability employment provides increased confidence, expanding their social network and social skills as well as opportunities to develop a career by gaining new work skills and knowledge. Recent years have seen major developments towards achieving workplace equality for all persons with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities who are of working age, the rapid progress in (ICT) and assistive technology offer ever-increasing opportunities to participate in the world of work.
The estimated 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide represent some 15 per cent of the global population and are at higher risk of poverty than others. People with disabilities find it…
Posted by Nabil Eid on July 13, 2015 at 2:15pm
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