IGF 2019 WS #125 Educating Generation Z for the Internet Governance

Organizer 1: Eileen Cejas , Digital Grassroots
Organizer 2: FAWAD KHAN, Youth coalition on internet governance
Organizer 3: Obed Sindy, Internet Society Haiti Chapter
Organizer 4: Esther Mwema, Digital Grassroots
Organizer 5: Elisabeth Schauermann, German Informatics Society
Organizer 6: Uffa Modey, Eko-Konnect Research and Education Network Initiative

Speaker 1: Eileen Cejas , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Obed Sindy, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: FAWAD KHAN, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 4: Jaewon Son, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 5: Kelly Cynthia Kaze, Technical Community, African Group

Policy Question(s): 

How do we engage the young generation to become a stakeholder in Internet Governance related issues, through formal education?

How can we increase awareness for our children and adults to have their role in Internet Governance related issues through formal and informal education i.e. study workshops, in primary and secondary schools?

How can the governments and academia promote debates for the inclusion of Internet Governance in national curriculums with a focus on underrepresented regions?

Relevance to Theme: This session would provide an overview of multiple educational systems, emphasizing on digital literacy and the inclusion of Internet Governance in national curriculum and early childhood education.

The session aim to focus on current academic and policy debates, over the inclusion of Internet Governance in the primary and secondary schools.

The session will also discuss the inclusion of Internet Governance in digital literacy and digital competence from educational perspective.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Learning has become a lifelong learning enterprise.Moreover, information communication technologies enabled learning spaces constitute intergenerational learning as a lifelong activity.

The session aims to discuss proposals based on the themes for education and Internet Governance, with this, the main focus of the discussion would be central towards the role of government, civil society, education sector, the young generation and their roles in building Internet Governance debates on national and international level. In adittion, the session will present different aspects of future challenges in Internet Governance, that have resulted due to the involvement of multiple stakeholder groups on the Internet.

The digital technologies along with the free navigation of Internet, affect the learning at all ages. In particular, the preparation and continuos professional development of young digital natives is essential, to make them to contribute to the evolving Internet Governance debates and thus, improve the quality of their life for progress and success.

Our goal is establishing that the future will not be done without Internet, so we must prepare primary and secondary school students who will be potential leaders of tomorrow to know how to enjoy the benefits of the Internet in their daily lives and understand the topics related to Internet Governance and add their voices at any stakeholder. We must be aware of the challenges of the digital world in our century, and school is one of the most influential ways to transfer notions of leadership in governance for an Internet where everyone will be confident, proud and safe.


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Description: The session would be divided into three parts. This first part would be an introduction of the subject and the description of the current situation in Argentina (Eileen Cejas), Haiti (Sindy Obed), Korea (Jaewon Son), Burundi (Kelly Cynthia Kaze) and Finland (Fawad Khan).

The second part would be focused on an open roundtable discussion, where participants would share their views on multiple issues within the field of education and the Internet Governance.

Afterwards, we would divide the attendees into two roundtable discussions. The online participants would be encourage to join any of the offline roundtables so as to having a more inclusive participation of all attendees.

The session would use an activity as an interactive discussion among groups of people on questioned posed by the facilitator and its team; 1. writing and visualisation of the ideas and proposals in a large screen that may be seen by all the participants; 2. reading together all the ideas with the search that may be seen by all the participants; 3. reading together all the ideas with the search of points of convergence, synergies, syntheses and new proposals. All the information may be inmediately collected into a final report that contains the answers, ideas and concepts emerging from the participants to the workshop.

Finally, we would make each group share their conclusions and suggestions on the topic.

Expected Outcomes: The ideal outcome would be drafted document as a recommendation for governments to include Internet Governance related issues in core curriculum. In this sense, the younger generations could be equipped. i.e. Grassroots Ambassadors, to pursue the Internet Governance related debate on a grassroots level.

This workshop would encourage academia and public sector to adapt or improve their educational programs according to 21st century skills, providing schools and students the right tools to actively participate on the Internet Governance discussions.

Onsite Moderator: 

Elisabeth Schauermann, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Esther Mwema, Civil Society, African Group


Uffa Modey, Technical Community, African Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

We would encourage online participants to also create two online roundtables, who would join the live roundtables and discuss among all attendees the topics, so we can guarantee an actual discussion no matter of the people who attended or not personally. Also participants would be encourage to send their conclusion through the online website

Online Participation: 

I am going to use Adobe Connect in order to engage the participation of the online attendees, so as to they can make questions, share reflections with the rest of the online and offline attendees.

Proposed Additional Tools: I am going to use Twitter as well to share attendees opinions on social media and share documents that have been shared on the offline meeting. Attendees who ask for the document made at the panel would be able to request it by leaving their emails at the software used for the online attendees. Moderator would send it to the people who requested the said document.


GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities