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.