International Telecommunication Union calls for ITU Generation Connect Video Pitch Challenge 2021. The contest is looking for promising and meaningful ideas to connect the unconnected to close the digital divide, highlighting the importance of youth involvement. Winning submissions will be featured at the ITU Generation Connect Youth Summit. Their creators will also be invited to participate virtually in the event and join the Generation Connect virtual community. Standout ideas to be featured on “International Youth Day” during The Road to Addis.
The world today has 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24; almost to 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries. Africa’s population is 1.2 billion. Forty-one per cent of its population is below the age of 15; and 19 per cent are between 15 and 24 years old. Young people — especially girls and young women — in many developed and developing countries face disproportionate exposure to poverty and unemployment.
Moreover, an Internet connection provides opportunities for young people to access education, quality health care and other necessities. Generation Connect, ITU’s youth strategy initiative, aims to improve the lives of young people around the world and ensure meaningful participation of youth as key stakeholders in ITU’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Basically, ITU Generation Connect aims to engage youth globally and encourage their participation as equal partners alongside the leaders of today’s digital change, empowering young people with the skills and opportunities to advance their vision of a connected future. Young voices in the international digital development dialogue should be amplified as we all push to connect the unconnected and bridge the youth digital divide. This challenge also exemplifies ITU’s long-term commitment to provide youth with platforms to participate in ITU’s initiatives.
The Generation Connect Video Pitch Challenge seeks promising and meaningful ideas to connect the unconnected to close the digital divide, highlighting the importance of youth involvement.
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