#GirlsinICT Day , 24 April 2014: Training for Visually Impaired Young Girls on Social Media Networking and Blogging

The emerging technology has made the world smaller day by day, yet some population of the world is still far apart of the knowledge where the world is leading in coming future. Though we all have access to technology, we are not aware on the upcoming opportunities on ICT. Our world is bounded and limited within few inches of the technology like laptops, computers, iPhones, Tablets, Mobiles, etc. But we never knew the world behind them, because we still lack the platforms for information sharing and learning opportunities. In the competitive world, where we talk about gender equality, women’s empowerment, employment and decent work for all, there is yet to go miles to fill the gaps as of now, we need implementation on the solutions more than documentation of the issues. While talking about ICT, it has changes lives of entire world, yet depending fully on ICT, there is still a big gap between able and differently able people. There is a need of opportunity and information sharing which seems possible due to the applications of ICT. ICT plays a major role to enhance the lifestyles of such differently able people and provide them a platform to create opportunity for themselves.

On the occasion of Girls in ICT Day 2014, 24 April, BYND2015 Nepal Hub will be launching a training program for visually impaired young girls on social media networking and blogging.

International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience technology in a whole new light. It is also an initiative backed by ITU Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year. International Girls in ICT day will be observed on 24 April 2014. For more information CLICK HERE >>> Girls in ICT

 

ICT for Development and Future Generations: An Idea to Global Leaders

Young people are pioneering the use of information-communication-technology (ICT), and driving trends in what is a dynamic and major growth industry. The good news is they are using ICT; the challenge is to inspire them to use it in constructive and empowering ways. To bring together young people who are leading this process, to inspire and challenge one another, and mobilize others to do the same, BYND2015 Global Youth Summit is being organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) from 9-11 September 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. This Summit will assemble young leaders onsite and online from all corners of the globe with a view to highlighting their priorities and capturing their combined voice in crucial national and international policy/decision making processes.

World leaders are currently setting development goals and priorities that will drive policy making for the next generation. Beyond 2015 refers broadly to the UN and civil society mechanisms that will establish sustainable development frameworks for a post MDG world. The deadline is 2015. The BYND summit will target this process in highlighting the power of ICTs for development.

In context of Nepal, youth are quite familiar with the use of ICT but we lack the platform to raise our voice and incorporate our visions for development. Acknowledging the lack of youth involvement in such processes we have initiated BYND2015 Nepal Hub to bridge the vision of young people and decision of world leaders.

As a part of crowdsourcing ideas, BYND2015 Nepal Hub in collaboration with BTND2015-ITU, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal and HIST, is organizing a blogging competition entitled “ICT for Development and Future Generations: An Idea to Global Leaders” on various themes listed below:

  • Entrepreneurship, employment and innovation
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Child online protection and cyber security
  • Lifestyle and Health
  • Good governance and Post-2015

Guidelines for Blogging Competition

  • The blog should be about the ideas focusing on the solution that ICT can provide regarding certain issues on one or more than one of the themes listed above.
  • The blog should address the following questions:
  1. How can ICT help to change the world?
  2. How can we implement our ideas?
  3. What’s holding us back?
  4. Does the idea address a key issue faced by the ICT4D community?
  5. Is it forward looking? Does it propose solutions?
  6. How does the idea impact social, economic or environmental development?
  7. How inspired and original is the idea?
  • Young people from Nepal of age 14 to 29 can apply for the competition.
  • The ideas should be in between 400-1000 words and the theme should be clearly mentioned along with the title.

Award

  • The best idea of this competition will get an Android Tablet sponsored by ITU.
  • The best blogger will get a free server space provided by Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal.
  • All the participants of this competition will get certificate plus a free one day blogging training from Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal.

How to submit?

The participants should send the link of their blog or write a blog in MS WORD and send to bynd2015.nepalhub@gmail.com with the following information.

  • Subject: “BYND2015-Blogging Competition 2013”
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Contact number
  • Alternative email id (if any)

Submission Deadline: Extended to 5 September 2013 

So, if you have an idea how technology can change your world for better future, this is your chance to play a role in setting the next generation of international ICT policy, by helping us send a message to world leaders on the future global development agenda.

One of the main outcomes of the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit is a short policy statement which encapsulates the key issues and recommendations as identified by a worldwide youth community. This is to be presented by President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.