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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.​​​​

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.




GIRLS IN ICT



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 120 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”: English - Español

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.

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ITU Telecom World - Young Innovators Competition

An integral part of ITU Telecom World events since 2011, the Young Innovators Programme works with innovative young people from all over the world who are using technology to transform their communities and their social reality.

The Young Innovators Competition, as part of this work, looks for the best young social entrepreneurs between 18 and 30, working with specific technologies or on particular issues, with a series of challenges to be launched leading up to the ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary this October. To see the current challenge and apply, go to: https://ideas.itu.int​.
 
Chosen by a committee of world-class experts from public, private and academic sectors, the winners will join ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary for a four-day accelerator programme of pitching sessions, hands-on workshops and mentoring – plus the chance to win seed funding.
 
The open nature of the platform lets participants and experts come together to submit, comment on and refine ideas from around the world, creating a space for an innovative community. 

To find out more about the Young Innovators Programme, the Winners and the Selection Committee, go to: http://telecomworld.itu.int/2015-event/young-innovators/  
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