By ZBC Reporter
Government has urged young people to exploit information communication technologies in advancing education and improving social well-being.
The call comes as Bindura youths got a shot in the arm following the commissioning of an information communication centre set up by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) as a way of empowering young people through edutainment.
We will be producing edutainment so the youths do not come here to use computers only but to also get lessons on HIV and substance abuse,
I am a student in Development Studies and as part of my studies I’m required to research and so I will benefit from this centre,
From research we become more empowered and we learn a lot to help us in our studies and to be innovative so that is how we are benefitting from this centre.
The establishment of the DAPP Hope Communication Centre is expected to not only meet information needs, but counter negative attractions to young people grappling with substance abuse and unsafe sex.
Communication is the vehicle to reach out to the people with messages of development. This is the time when we have an opportunity to reach out to the youth and they will take the messages to the youth, said Luxon Soda DAAP Country Director.
Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Monica Mavhunga urged young people to embrace ICTs in order to unlock social and economic benefits.
Through this centre ICT has been brought closer to the youth, some of whom have limited access to computers and internet. Let the youth use this wisely to benefit themselves and broadly our beloved Zimbabwe. Activities at the youth centre will help improve the social wellbeing and promote social dialogue among the youth,said Mavhunga.
In line with the National Development Strategy one, government has been working hard to widen access to ICTs and bridge the digital divide.