I recently organised a youth conference in Nigeria and asked the youths to write and submit an essay on their dreams for the future.Over 150 students participated and submitted their essays.But there was a challenge.There were no cheap means to get the essays across to me in the United states.Scanning each essay was so expensive. An idea came to me.We gathered the youths and used it as an opportunity to give them basic skill training on how to type and send e-mails using a computer.The youths typed the essays and sent it to my mail box. This exercise gave them the opportunity to create their personal email accounts and also learn how to type and generate information using Google search engine.Initially they were very slow in typing but as they typed more essays,their skills were improving. IT empowerment is very vital because it introduces a different attitude to learning.There are so many resources on the internet through which young people can educate themselves,be aware of what's going on around them and participate irrespective of their geographical locations.
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