Youth and ICTs: The Way to Accomplish MDGs?

After our discussion of the MDGs in class this past week, I couldn’t help but wonder if any new start-up initiatives were taking place that involved a younger generation… A few minutes later, I stumbled upon the “Plan YETAM!” : Youth Empowerment through Arts and Media. The project is an initiative of Nokia, Plan International, and local organizations.

YETAM allows for new opportunities for African youth aged 12-18, by developing their technological skills and by practicing with ICTs. The YETAM project allows for youth to debate and discuss issues that they are passionate about, instead of indirectly hearing about the youths’ viewpoints through other outlets. The curriculum is centered around certain key issues currently affecting the youth, and from there video/art materials are developed. YETAM allows for the youth to express themselves and debate issues through means of creating arts and media to develop an “action plan.” And, the issue starts to slowly be resolved or understood in another light.

Perhaps grassroot organizations, NGO’s, and other groups helping countries to reach the MDGs should really place emphasis on the young generations in regards to developing ICT programs and policies.

Check out the YouTube video for more information regarding this plan.

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2 responses to “Youth and ICTs: The Way to Accomplish MDGs?

  • dtindall8

    I think it makes sense for donors to try to direct their ICT education projects at youth. In our discussion of the digital divide, we talked about the possible difficulties in convincing people from older generations that integrating technology into their lives is worthwhile. If the youth of a country become technologically proficient, they can pass on some of the benefits to their older family members and community members, by relyaing information that they gather on the internet or through other methods of communication.

  • ewaller11

    I agree with both the comment and above and the general thesis of the article, that the youth is really key in spreading and developing ICT technologies. For example, in the First Mile reading, Talyarkhan points out that a program that has been hugely successful in India is one where telekiosk operators are educated young people who have ties to the community. Therefore, like both posts mentioned, getting the youth involved and educating them/taking their needs into account, concerning ICT technology, leads to successful implementation of ICT programs.

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