YouthConnekt Hangout launched in Rwanda

Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, Tigo, and HeHe has launched a series of Google+ Hangout sessions called YouthConnekt Hangout. This platform will serve as a channel for Youth, ICT players or anyone interested in both sectors to contribute to the country’s developmental agenda through debates.

The platform will have a practical, results-oriented format, including interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions, partnership announcements, as well as opportunities for participants to showcase their ICT development projects to potential partners and donors. The hangout will provide an excellent networking platform for leaders from the public, private and financial sectors to meet and forge new partnerships for the future.

This will be a bi-monthly program that will centre on different themes such as Youth Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Access to Finance; Role of Youth in Peace Building; ICT4D, Environment; Investment Promotion; Sports and Culture; Role of Youth in Regional Integration; Reproductive health, HIV / AIDS and Drugs abuse among others.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said: “This is historic, it’s a dream come true we’ve been trying to expand the limits of communication and in interaction and we thought that beyond of what we’ve been doing interacting on radio, on TV in various meetings we should really make an advanced use of technology to keep in touch with you. The intention here is really to be able to engage everyone, all the young people of this country in shaping their own future.”

He added:“As you’ve been notified we’re going to be using a combination of tools this Google Hangout technology but we want to be able to use also Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media to be able really to stay in touch as we shape our development agenda and as we increase the contribution of young people to that agenda.”

The opening topic was the role of ICT in creating jobs (Smart Jobs) while speaking; the UNDP country Director, Auke Lootsman said that “Through YouthConnekt initiative we will connect Young People to opportunities that exist especially in private sector where they can develop their entrepreneurship skills and get jobs ... we’ll be using new technologies like Google Hangout to bring people together to communicate.”

YouthConnekt Hangout started on Tuesday, 12 November, 2013 launched by MYICT in presence of its partners in this programme. YouthConnekt Hangout will be a bi-monthly event taking place on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00PM.

Young people will be engaged in global policy shaping for sustainable development through information sharing; will create new opportunities for young people for skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship in ICT.

The hangout also reflects on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to help in defining the future global development framework that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Click here to watch the full #YouthConnekt Google+ Hangout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npEYBbx1AC8  

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