Better Life in Rural areas with ICTs

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Better Life in Rural areas with ICTs

7 Apr 2011 – The African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI) of the African Information Security Association (AISA) intends to mark the 2011 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) with the theme: “Better Life and Security with ICTs for Children in rural communities”.

Also Jidaw Systems in conjunction with the African Information Security Association (AISA) will hold a special session on “Better life in rural communities with ICTs” during the upcoming FREE IT Career Seminar on May 14, 2011.

Last year, several schools marked the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) which had the theme: “Better city, Better life and Security with ICTs for Young People”. Did you know the same advances in technology that give children the power to utilize new sources of knowledge and unique networking experiences are also used to expose them to exploitation and harm?

Rural Urban Digital Divide (organized by Jidaw and AISA)

The special session on “Better life in rural communities with ICTs” to be held by Jidaw Systems and the African Information Security Association (AISA) during the upcoming FREE IT Career Seminar on May 14, 2011 will look at how to use ICT to help the rural populace. Information and Communications Technologies ICTs are critical in creating new opportunities and providing effective ways of addressing the challenges of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, maternal and child mortality and unemployment. However, in most countries there is a wide rural-urban divide.

The events will be organized in line with the need to mark WTISD (May 17, 2011) 2011 – “Better life in rural communities with ICTs” – by promoting the adoption of policies and strategies that will promote the use of ICTs for better life in the rural areas.


We need to take off our urban glasses; for example in Africa’s most populous nation (Nigeria) 60 to 70 percent of about 155 million people lives in the rural areas below the poverty line.

Are girls and boys in the rural communities really living their dreams? Or aren’t they allowed to dream?

The forum will also look at the security dimensions of the rural-urban divide, identify challenges widening the divide, share ICT knowledge and experiences and recommend practical solutions for closing the gap. The forums are open to the public and all key stakeholders are invited. Interested participants need to register before the event through the Jidaw office.

The events will be organized in line with the need to mark WTISD (May 17, 2011) 2011 – “Better life in rural communities with ICTs” – by promoting the adoption of policies and strategies that will promote the use of ICTs for better life in the rural areas.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

Last year, several schools in conjunction with the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI) marked the WTISD with the theme: “Better city, Better life and Security with ICTs for Young People”. The online abuse of children is NOT an “over there” problem.

The active involvement of schools at the 2009 WTISD forum organized by AISA led to the creation of the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI).  In fact the AISA 2009 and 2010 forums are globally acknowledged through the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the leading United Nations (UN) agency for information and communication technology issues as Worldwide Initiatives organized to mark the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day in 2009 and 2010. ACCSI’s efforts are also registered in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Stocking platform, the global UN initiative for the foundation of an Information Society for all.

“Better Life and Security with ICTs for Children in rural communities” Forum

As a follow up to the 2009 and 2010 events the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI) will mark the 2011 WTISD through the “Better Life and Security with ICTs for Children in rural communities” forum.
How can children in the rural areas tap into the benefits of ICTs? The forum will create awareness on how a better future for children in the rural areas must include ICTs, online protection and safe access to computers and other resources.  Activities will address the provision of better life for children, especially those in the rural communities through ICTs.

The African Information Security Association (AISA), the member organization created to promote Information security in Africa promotes and supports the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI). Jidaw Systems Limited, a corporate member of the Nigeria Computer Society, presently serves as the AISA secretariat.

Globally Recognized

As a critical initiative for the protection of children, the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI) is recognized by The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) the leading global service agency working to protect the world’s children from exploitation and abduction.

Just like the 2009 and 2010 events, students and other participants will gain valuable, hard-to-find knowledge and concepts related to the theme and the event will be globally recognized.

If we want a sustainable tomorrow, we need to address the growing threats to children as they browse the Internet and access information online. We all need to be involved in preparing children and young people for a better and safe future with ICTs.

Jidaw runs the FREE IT Career Seminars to provide knowledge and guidance for young people and individuals  in IT Career Development and Entrepreneurship. The seminar is recognized as an important contribution for human capital development in ICT geared towards closing the digital divide. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend. The seminar is free to attend.

Support Children and Promote ICT for Development in Africa

AISA members in different parts of Africa and across the world are encouraged to carry out similar initiatives and report back to AISA.

ACCSI, AISA and Jidaw look forward to collaborating with you to empower the children and youth of Africa and them in cyberspace and in their use of ICTs.

Don’t turn a blind eye. It affects us all. Invest in the ideas and creativity of  Africa’s children: We are either building and strengthening the future OR stealing the future from generations yet unborn. The Youth and Children are the future. Really? Let’s be honest – uninformed and or abused children often cannot reach their full potential.

Why not collaborate with ACCSI, AISA and Jidaw to truly create a better future for Africa? Don’t waste the potential and energy of the young. The children need your support. Make Africa’s future happen.

Interested? Support these initiatives and or Attend the Events as a participants – The forums are open to the public and all key stakeholders are invited. Interested participants need to register before the events through the Jidaw office.

Or Make Contact through: 12 Eric Moore Street, Wemabod Estate, Off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: 08052647395, 07052509148, 01-7940562, 01-8958064, 08035007778


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