The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, TIGO, HEHE Ltd, National Youth Council and University Students’ Associations launched on November 12, 2013, 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 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; Sports and Culture, Reproductive health, HIV / AIDS and Drugs abuse among others.
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
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said that “This will promote Youth employment through debates, will create a network of information sharing among youth on opportunities around them”.
He added that “This platform will help young people engaged in conversation with their leaders and get first hand information on the available policies and strategies on youth empowerment. Will promote ownership of Governments’ Programs among young people through providing ideas and solutions to some of the challenges they face”.
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 4:00PM to 5:00PM.
During this time millions of people in Rwanda and across the world will be gathering in different places to follow live this hangout.