Youth Empowerment

Stephanie Ozulumba
Posted August 11, 2014 from United States

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. Currently,the youths are researching using the internet for an awareness campaign and education on Ebola.

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Mauwa Brigitte
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014

Thank you for the hard work you made ​​in learning computer skills and an introduction to the Internet. Young people must be involved to improve capacity on the internet. Being self to know what is happening in the world.

Mary S
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 23, 2014

Hi Stephanie

That was a great solution as it gave the young people a chance to learn about computers as well as sharing their thoughts on the future. Learning through doing something practical rather than simply working through set exercises will help them to see the real-world benefits of computer/internet technology, and I hope they will be able to see the benefits and continue to expand their knowledge.