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The challenges to access from a youth and global perspective
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Workshop 76: A global consideration of the challenges to access and the opportunities that access affords, from a youth perspective
This workshop is being run by Childnet in partnership with the KiBO foundation. It is a merged workshop based on initial proposal 76 and 112.
1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- An introduction to Childnet
- An introduction to KiBO
- Our areas of common interest and what the joint session hopes to achieve
The introduction would seek to demonstrate that accessibility can create profound opportunities for youth and children globally, considering the impact on educational growth and employment.
2. Opportunities (20 minutes)
- A discussion of the opportunities afforded by the internet (Childnet)
- A discussion of the opportunities afforded by creating an accessible educational program (Kibo)
3. Challenges (25 minutes)
- A discussion of the challenges that face users getting online from a global perspective, alongside a consideration of whether opportunity is stifled through a lack of access.
This would consider physical barriers to access, as well as the cultural barriers to access, with the youth participants engaging in a discussion/presentation on a case study from their own area of expertise/location/perspective.
The session would hear from Childnet’s Youth IGF Project participants discussing the challenges that they face in the UK coming online.
The session would also consider from KiBO’s perspective, the challenges from the perspective of vulnerable groups i.e. HIV/AIDS youth, Commercial Sex Workers - and in general youth from low income backgrounds and the opportunities access to a program like KiBO that is based on technology and the internet has created.
A related discussion of the challenges that youth face in accessing appropriate educational programs (cost, availability of the internet etc) - from the perspective of youth who have undergone the KiBO program
4. What can be done (25 minutes)
- Ideas of how to overcome these problems, and what is currently being done, and a presentation of solutions including discussion from the floor
5. Conclusions (10 minutes)
Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Access and Diversity
Have you organized an IGF workshop before?
If so, please provide the link to the report:
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
UK youth panelists:
Alannah is 15 and comes from Devon the UK. This is Alannah’s first IGF. At the IGF Youth Project camp held in August in London, Alannah was inspired greatly by the work of Race Online 2012 and this is her battle statement for sharing in Nairobi: “I believe everyone should have the choice to be on the internet. Even if it seems as though they don't want to be online, it may just be through lack of knowledge or understanding. We should encourage and nurture those people (young and old) who aren't on the net by supporting Race Online 2012, an organisation with the target of getting everybody in the UK on the internet by 2012. It is incredibly important to get everyone online as the internet is likely to play an ever-expanding role in our society in the future - and we may find non-users isolated and alone. We are all users of the internet and should help make it become more accessible. Children also play a vital part; at Childnet Youth Camp we discussed holding community projects that would enable us children to educate locals with our internet knowledge by starting drop in sessions in our community hotspots e.g. village hall, church, old people’s homes etc to show people what they are missing out on. The internet can be a brilliant source of knowledge and entertainment for all - it just takes time to find that special purpose for each individual, whether that be a recipe website or just simply checking the football scores. We, as internet users, should take responsibility for that - if everyone supports and encourages just one person to get online, the internet would become much more inclusive, and thus, a better place for us all.”
Alex is 17 and comes from Devon in the UK. This is Alex’s third IGF having attended both the IGF 2009 in Sharm-el-Sheikh and the IGF 2010 in Vilnius. Alex has spoken as a youth ambassador at a number of internet focused events in the UK and his mission state for Nairobi 2011 is, “Social networking is now an intrinsic part of our everyday lives, which means that acting for the good of ourselves and others is more important than ever before. The way in which users conduct themselves online often has direct effects offline, so it’s important that we consider our virtual and ‘real’ lives to be one and the same! Being a constructive digital citizen therefore is a mere component of our persona as a whole, and educating people of all backgrounds that this is the case must be a real priority. For new or even seasoned users an understanding of the Internet as a positive environment for growth and communication is key, allowing us to lead by example and subtly changing the online space for the better. Everybody deserves the opportunity to choose if they wish to benefit from all the Internet has to offer, and no barriers, whether social, economical, intellectual or otherwise should inhibit this.”
Becca is 16 and comes from Leeds in the UK. Becca attended the IGF in Vilnius 2010 and describes her inspiration for taking part in the IGF thus: “One of the main reasons for people not being online is a lack of motivation; people need to know the benefits of what is online and how their lives to be improved by it in order for this motivation to grow. It is impossible to motivate someone to be a part of something they do not understand and in some cases fear. If people are educated on how to be safe online and how to use the internet then this fear will go away and people will be more interested in being online, thus creating a larger online community. ”
Connor is 15 and comes from Devon in the UK. Thinking about access to the internet he says, “Everyone has the right to gain knowledge about the advantages of the internet and to understand how to use it safely. We need to raise awareness about the lack of motivation and education which creates a barrier for potential internet users. This can be accomplished through classes, software and effective advertising. Finally I believe that freedom of expression plays an important role for letting everyone communicate, share new ideas and expressions openly to help the internet and the world evolve and become better.”
Dan is 15 and comes from Guernsey. Dan has been part of the Youth IGF Project Team since 2009, and this is his second IGF. Dan has consistently spoken about the difficulties he and many others face in getting online in rural areas, and this is his battle statement for the IGF: “Every single person around the world should have access to the internet, even if they live in a rural area of their country/island or have a disability. It is down to the ISPs to create a competitive market which will enable access to fast, reliable broadband which can be affordable for everyone. I believe that this is an important component to getting more and more people online on a global scale.“
Jack is 15 and comes from Devon in the UK. Jack explains the message that he will be promoting at the IGF in these words, “More economically developed countries with high levels of broadband access should be assisting less economically developed countries with low levels of broadband access to get online. I feel that it is the responsibility of governments to assist financially and also in educating the public to the benefits of the internet. However, if companies wish to expand into other countries, they too should be supporting governments in increasing the accessibility of the internet in those countries. The internet can easily connect the world together and all countries across the globe can begin developing their communities but the first step is the hardest – educating the world to the positive impact and advantages that the internet provides.”
Matthew is 16 and comes from Cumbria in the UK. Matthew says, “We all need to recognise that the internet is an empowering tool which can both enhance; society, culture, economies and improve how information is obtained. Consequently, we all have an obligation to ensure that regardless of geographical location or social background that the Internet is both available and accessible. Accessibility can be increased with education, and effective infrastructures and systems for all potential users. Primarily, we must promote the benefits of the Internet to motivate people and encourage confidence in use. Both existing users and non users must develop an understanding of digital citizenship. I conclude the Internet to be a basic human right, as stated in article 19, ‘everyone has the right to receive and impart information and ideas to any media regardless of frontiers.”
Nicola is 15 and comes from Edinburgh in Scotland. It is her experience that the internet offers her the opportunity to share knowledge with people and to gain more insight and to see other opinions on issues. Nicola’s personal statement of belief informing her participation at the IGF is: “I believe that in order for the internet to be become a true extension of our world in regards to diversity, those who are digitally excluded should be aided to overcome their barriers to access. Specifically, I feel that websites which broadcast globally should endeavour, wherever possible, to provide their service in a wide variety of languages. As well as this, I think it important that the internet should be made more accessible to disabled users, through the use of technology, so they can perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the internet in a greater way.”
Ugandan youth delegates:
Jonathan Ebuk, Associate, ICT Training
Jonathan holds a Graduate Degree in Information Technology from Makerere University - Uganda. He is technically Trained / completed internship with Uganda Computer Services now NITA-U (National Information Technology Authority - Uganda), he has worked with International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) as a Technical Instructor, and with Fastpath Networks as Marketing Manager. He is currently a Trainer / Facilitator in the Award winning KiBO ICT & Leadership program
Patricia Ayo Otoa, Associate, Corporate / External communication
Patricia holds a Graduate Degree in Information Technology attained from Makerere University–Uganda. She participated in the Miss Uganda 2008 finals and received the Miss Perfect 10 Award; before joining KiBO Foundation as an Associate, Patricia worked with Kairos Medical Centre as a Front Desk Assistant and currently she is involved in the Corporate and External communication of KiBO Foundation.
Dr. Andrew D Kambugu is the Head of Prevention Care and Treatment Program at the Infectious Diseases Institute (ID) at Makerere University College of health Sciences. . He is an infectious Diseases Specialist by training with basic and postgraduate training in Medicine from Makerere University, Uganda. He has overseen the establishment of an excellent HIV out-patient programme (one of the largest HIV out-patient clinics under one roof) at the IDI. This clinic pioneered a “transition clinic” for young adults living with HIV/AIDS. This particular clinic provides for the needs of individuals aged between 16 and 24 years of age. The clinic programme at IDI is now an excellent platform for research and clinical mentoring of local and international trainees.
Dr Kambugu has also led the development of a referral network for HIV care in Kampala city with the IDI clinic as the an advanced anti-retroviral therapy service and 6 clinics managed of the Kampala City Council (KCC) as primary HIV care sites.
Dr Kambugu’s research interests are in the areas brain infections. He has authored over 26 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been asked to give invited lectures and has presented his work at international meetings.
Dr. Kambugu has mentored numerous healthcare workers including, the clinic staff at IDI, undergraduate and postgraduate students at Makerere University College of Health Sciences as well as visiting residents and fellows from Western settings. He has an appointment at the University of Minnesota as an adjunct assistant professor.
Dr. Kambugu is also a member of the national sub-committees for adult anti-retroviral therapy and HIV Drug Resistance of the ministry of Health of Uganda.
I am the Advisor to the Director General and Youth Programme Director of Imbuto Foundation a Rwandan non-profit-making organization (NGO). Prior to joining Imbuto Foundation, I worked in Uganda at Hospice Africa Uganda as the Executive Director. I am a registered Dietician by profession with a wealth of experience of over fifteen years in Public Health, Program management, organizational development, financial management, fundraising, advocacy and donor relations. I have always been moved by the suffering experienced worldwide by women and children and thus have taken keen interest in working in different areas in health that touch both Women and Children; Maternal Health, Child health and Nutrition, Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS as well as Palliative care and more recently, I have been implementing initiatives that focus on enhancing public speaking and communication skills amongst Rwandan youth. I hold Bachelors in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles and I am a Registered Dietician (RD).
There are no panelists biographies associated to this workshop at the moment.
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
Lucinda Fell. Lucinda has worked in this area championing the voice and inclusion of the voice of youth at the IGF since 2009.
Childnet are currently engaging with various organizations in preparation for coordinating this session.
A brief substantive summary and the main events that were raised:
The session heard from Childnet's Youth IGF Project Team (UK), KiBO Foundation (Uganda), Imbuto Foundation (Rwanda) and the Danish Media Centre representing the Danish Youth IGF Project (Denmark), about the opportunities afforded by the internet supported by case studies from each delegation. The opportunities considered were holisitic, and covered the wider social benefit that communties coming online can receive. In considering the opportunities the speakers also raised the cahllenges that they, the user groups they represented and their projects had faced.
Conclusions and further comments:
The statement was made that human behaviour and shared learning is key in encouraging more users to benefit from the internet.
Concluding comments from the youth panel included a call to government and to the internet industry to think about what their role should be in encouraging users to come online, and to support them in doing so. “I think there should be no economic or intellectual reason why anyone is not online. If they don’t want to be online, then, of course that should be their right. There should be no reason why they cannot get online should they wish to.”
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