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Youth in Technology for Community Development

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This presentation was given by Safa Rawiah from the Youth Leadership Development Forum about their project: Youth in Technology for Community Development, at the ESCWA WSIS Followup conference in …

This presentation was given by Safa Rawiah from the Youth Leadership Development Forum about their project: Youth in Technology for Community Development, at the ESCWA WSIS Followup conference in Damascus.

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  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • Problem & Justification
  • 3.
    • Most of young Yemeni ICTs:
      • lack self confidence of their ability to effectively exploit professional IT tools and applications;
      • do not know how to market their IT skills and ideas;
      • face competition from big and international ICT companies;
      • do not have market experience that is required by most employers. Therefore, they don’t easily get the opportunity to prove their abilities in the marketplace.
  • 4. Gender Concerns
    • lack of on-the-job training
    • lack of job placement associations
    • lack of suitable environment for women
    • low level of trust by employers’ in women's ability to perform technical work
    • lack of women role models in the IT market
  • 5.
    • Yemeni NGOs:
    • The delay of the adoption of ICT by NGOs could be due to the following reasons:
      • NGOs don’t realize the impact of ICT on their day to day work activities;
      • NGOs don’t have the capacity to deal with new technology tools;
      • NGOs don’t have the funding required to purchase tools from international vendors;
      • NGOs don’t have sufficient trust in young Yemeni IT professionals to develop and implement the required tools for their operations.
  • 6. How to Contribute in Solving the Problem!?
  • 7. Y outh i n T echnology for Community Development In partnership between Youth Leadership Development Foundation & International Development Research Center
  • 8. YIT focuses on two important groups in the society YOUTH and NGOs
  • 9.
    • To enhance the utilization of ICT in development in Yemen through IT graduates and NGOs.
    Research Over all Objective
  • 10. Research Specific Objectives
    • Enhance the linkages between ICT market needs and university curriculum
    • Identify the factors and difficulties hindering the participation of females ICT graduate in the job market
    • Increase the marketability of Yemeni graduates (particularly females) in ICT
    • Increase the adoption of ICT by local community organizations in Yemen
  • 11.
    • This research project aims to answer the following research questions:
    • What are the disparities between university ICT education and job market needs, and what can be done to address these disparities?
    • How relevant education on ICT can improve employability of university graduates?
    • What hinders the participation of female ICT graduates in the Yemeni job market in Yemen, and how ICTs can increase this participation?
    • How ICTs can enhance the effectiveness of working processes in local community organisations in Yemen?
  • 12.
    • Phase I: Research Phase
    • Phase II: Training
    • - Personal and Business Skills
    • - Technical Skills
    • Phase III: Internship
    Research Activities
  • 13. Expected Results
    • The research results will include certain statistics for IT graduates so far in Yemen and the percentage of those who are currently employed, especially females.
    • The research will support the recognition of real training requirements of IT graduates and therefore inform the university curriculum design.
    • The research will improve the understanding of the situation of female IT graduates, the obstacles facing them, and the opportunities they could seize.
  • 14.
    • For Youth:
    • At least 50 youth (25 male & 25 female) trained on ICT skills and better equipped to enter the job market as professionals or entrepreneurs
    • 30 of graduates placed in internship programs.
    • 10 graduates employed as IT professionals.
    • For NGOs:
    • 40% of the targeted NGOs will understand the importance of effective use of ICT tools in their day to day activities
    • 20% of the targeted NGOs will adopt some sort of ICT tools.
    Expected Results
  • 15.
    • Thank You 

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