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ICTs and Youth Development. ‘Gbenga Sesan Junior Achievement of Nigeria www.janigeria.org| email@example.com. DevNet Monthly Meeting People Against Drug Dependence and Ignorance Matori, Lagos, NIGERIA. 31 July 2003. OVERVIEW. ICTs: A New Definition YOUTH: Bridge and Leader
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‘Gbenga SesanJunior Achievement of Nigeriawww.janigeria.org| firstname.lastname@example.org
DevNet Monthly MeetingPeople Against Drug Dependence and IgnoranceMatori, Lagos, NIGERIA. 31 July 2003.
Information and Communication Technologies
Convergence of Communications, Computers, Consumer Electronics and Content
Old and New Media: Town crier, newspapers, radio, television, Internet, 3G mobile phones, GPRS etc
ICTs drive the New Economy and has both positive and negative effects, depending on which side of the divide you’re on
ICTs can be engaged at all levels to leapfrog and provide a sustainable economy
Youthfulness promises STRENGTH, ADVENTURE and CONTINUITY
Young people form the bridge between today and tomorrow
Youths are leaders in ICT policy, processes and application globally
If young people are equipped and involved, tomorrow is assured and today is safe – “…area boy turned computer geek!”
ICTs are powerful but need human resources – young people form the major percentage of world population
“Equip an adult and you’ve saved a life, help a young person and you’ve empowered a generation”
The concept of peer pressure works in spreading knowledge, e.g. Certifications
Involved youth can increase efficiency if empowered, e.g. unique student projects in Nigerian universities
Serious nations consider youth empowerment and inclusion a major task/responsibility
We need to plug the likely holes that can pluck youths – HIV/AIDS, Unemployment, Poverty, Illiteracy, etc, etc
eGovernance for in-school adolescents in West Africa, DevNet
African Youth Initiative, www.ayinitiative.net
World Summit on the Information Society Youth Caucus, www.wsis.org, www.ycdo.net/wsis
Nigerian Youth Summit on the Information Society
Lagos Digital Village, Junior Achievement of Nigeria
Lagos Digital Village is Junior Achievement of Nigeria’s response to the issue of ICT and Youth Development in Nigeria
VISION: A new generation of Nigerian youths who are equipped with appropriate ICT skills and are thus positioned for Personal Development, Nation Building, Regional Cooperation and Global Participation
JAN is partnering with Microsoft and Lagos State Government – a multistakeholder partnership model
LDV will help train 1,500 youths and connect them with mentors and opportunities
“I see a new Nigeria emerging, one that will be built on the labours of our heroes past, hewn out of the debris of the present waste and engineered by the strength of the future leaders: the youth. These young men and women will adopt Information Technology for the purpose of personal development, nation building, regional cooperation and global participation. They may be unknown today, but in the secrecy of their abode, they master the tool that will change their lives and that of their nation. They're building the nation’s tomorrow today ”