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Youth and Children

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Youth and children with access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) are coming of age as digital natives, the early adopters of ICTs and better positioned than their parents to harness the power of digital technologies in new and imaginative ways.  Youth can only leverage the transformative power of ICTs when they have access to ICTs and are equipped with a range of digital skills. ICTs can enhance education, reduce youth unemployment and promote social and economic development.  ITU's youth activities are focused on promoting school connectivity, digital literacy skills, and ICT-enabled employment opportunities for youth, including encouraging more young women and girls to prepare for and enter ICT careers.​​​​ ​ITU is also a member of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth​, supporting the digital skills and tech hubs thematic area.​ 

Coding Bootcamps: a strategy for youth employment






 ​As the demand for tech talent continues to grow and businesses in many countries struggle to find qualified workers with coding skills, young people have started to learn these skills in coding bootcamps.

ITU is actively involved in leveraging ​the opportunities provided by coding bootcamps as a strategy for youth employment through awareness raising and training activities.



International Girls in ICT Day, created by ITU Members, is a global campaign to raise awareness about ICT job opportunities and encourage girls and young women to prepare for and take up careers in ICTs.

Girls in ICT Day has a global outreach, with events, contests, hackathons and other exciting activities sponsored by ICT companies, government agencies, universities and NGOs in more than 160 countries around the globe. 

More information about the Girls in ICT Day campaign is available on the Girls in ICT Portal​ which also houses resources for girls and young women, such as scholarships, internships, tech camps, training opportunities, women ICT role models and inspirational videos.​


Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship






In the face of rising youth unemployment, ITU has highlighted the key role of digital skills in national employment and entrepreneurship strategies in its report, “Digital opportunities:  Innovative ICT solution for youth employment”: Arabic - English - French - Spanish

ICT skills are increasingly required in both traditional and tech-driven market sectors just as an explosion of new online learning opportunities have become available, employing novel, and often free, ways for youth to get the skills they need.  ICTs are transforming the way young digital entrepreneurs do business and grow their skills.

Policy makers can ensure that youth in their countries are included in the growing number of job and business opportunities by incorporating digital skills development in school curriculum and supporting innovation hubs, contests, mobile app labs, hackathons and co-working space. 

ITU has collected a range of ICT-enabled resources available for young job seekers and entrepreneurs, including links to training opportunities, crowdfunding for start-up capital, mentoring networks and job-matching services.


International ICT Volunteers Programme (IIV)

Since 2012, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has implemented an international ICT volunteers programme in collaboration with the National Information Society Agency of the Republic of Korea (NIA) known as NIA/ITU International ICT Volunteers. The programme has dispatched over 300 volunteers to more than 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

International ICT Volunteers programme (IIV) is an open platform for multi-stakeholders including governments, NGOs, academia, private sector, international organizations, and others to mobilize human and various resources aimed at empowering people at all levels including youth, professional, women and girls, and retired people; and providing them an opportunity to work towards promoting ICT for development in national and international levels.