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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.​ 

ITU Digital Skills Toolkit

ITU has released a toolkit aimed at providing vaious stakeholders with guidance on how to develop a comprehensive national digital skills strategy.
The toolkit is part of ITU's contribution to the Decent Jobs for Youth global initiative​.

ILO-ITU Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign

ILO and ITU are leading the Digital Skills for Decent Jobs Campaign as part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in order to foster decent and inclusive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Training in- and out-of-school youth with basic and advanced digital skills promises to connect young people with unpr​ecedented job opportunities in the digital economy, leading to innovation, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets, access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities.


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.  ​​​