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Youth and ICT – A Powerful Combination for Promoting Leadership

The information and communication technology (ICT) revolution has radically changed the world we live in. Young people in particular have demonstrated an aptitude in developing, adopting and disseminating such technologies, and their leadership role in this sphere is evident throughout both the industrialized and developing world. In fact, it is common practice for adults to learn ICT skills from youth.

Despite its advantages, ICT adoption in much of Africa remains low. For instance, there are only 0.75 computer users per 100 inhabitants – this is to say that only a small proportion of young Africans have access to the Internet. Moreover, due to differences in income and access to infrastructure, the digital-divide on the continent is demarcated not only by national boundaries but also within countries.

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