Need to Empower Nigerian Children and Youths through Information Technology
Monica N. Agu
Monica. N. Agu, Department of Computer Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on January 01, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on January 02, 2013. | Manuscript published on January 05, 2013. | PP: 61-64 | Volume-2, Issue-6, January 2013. | Retrieval Number: F1094112612/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: Technology has become the driving force of change in the modern world. It has altered our economic structures and ways we communicate. Information is only one of our needs. Email, satellites can not be sustituted for drugs; neither can they provide clean water. Massive access to the Internet and ICT can accelerate awareness of these needs and will also facilitate development of solutions to tackle these needs effectively by empowering the youth of this country that are our future hopes. The information highways is leaving the African youth (Nigeria not excluded) poorer in ICT knowledge, skills and global reach. Thousands of young people in Nigeria leave school with the hope of developing a career and sustainable life that often turns into an illusion. The paper looks at the benefits of youth empowering, takes a review of youth empowerment initiatives in other developing countries and presents an approach of empowering Nigeria youths that are future leaders of tomorrow. With this we will move from the realm of educational inadequacy to that of unlimited resources.
Keywords: Information Technology, Youth, Empowerment, Information and Communication Technology.