UN youth programme creates future ICTD leaders

The 2nd Partners Meeting of the "Primer Series on ICTD for Youth"
The 2nd Partners Meeting of the "Primer Series on ICTD for Youth"

As youth go on to become the leaders of tomorrow, it is critical that they understand the impact that information and communication technologies will have on national and regional development. Recognizing this challenge, professors and administrators from 21 higher education institutions across Asia and the Pacific concluded a three day meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 13 December aimed at enhancing training in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD) for young people in the region.

Organized by the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT), one of the regional institutions of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Second Partners Meeting of the ‘Primer Series on ICTD for Youth’ brought together representatives from APCICT’s partner institutions to review progress in enhancing the ICTD human capacity building of youth in their countries and to discuss strategies for the further expansion of the programme.

Twenty students enrolled in universities in ASEAN countries joined partners for the first day of the meeting and attended a special lecture on ‘engaged learning,’ where they were introduced to ways in which they could apply this to ICTD education.

“We were very pleased to have students, who are the target audience of the Primer Series programme, join the meeting and share their comments on the different Primers,” said UN-APCICT’s Director Dr. Hyeun-suk Rhee. “Their comments have confirmed its relevancy and have helped ensure that the programme addresses the needs of students and youth.”

The meeting served as a platform for partners to share their experiences in implementing the Primer Series programme and to learn from each other’s good practices.

Mr. Nail Tahirov, Deputy Chairman, Lecturer at the University of Qafqaz, Azerbaijan said it also provided a valuable opportunity for mutual collaboration and for charting out the way forward for the Primer Series programme:

“The Second Partners Meeting of the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth has been very successful in enhancing the understanding of the Primer Series programme,” Mr Tahirov explained. “In particular, the group discussions on each of the Primer Series issues have resulted in useful feedback that will help improve the programme and plan the next steps for its further integration in educational and training programmes in the region.”

During the event, partners were introduced to the newly developed Primer Series 2, 3 and 4, which covered the topics of Project Management and ICTD, ICT for Disaster Risk Management and ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth, respectively, along with case studies on open and distance learning from the region.

Participants also provided feedback on the upcoming Primer Series Issues on the topics of Social Media for Development and ICT and Entrepreneurship. The Primer Series was launched in 2012 as part of APCICT’s ‘Turning Today’s Youth into Tomorrow’s Leaders’ programme, which has been helping ESCAP member states create future ICTD leaders through enhanced coverage of ICTD in undergraduate and graduate programmes at universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Since its launch, the Primer Series has been rolled-out to 13 countries.

For further information, please contact:

Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Ph.D.
Incheon, Republic of Korea
T: + (82) 32 458 6650