Chairman-elect of the next World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum and Rwanda’s Minister of Youth & Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Jean Philbert Nsengimana, sat down for an interview to discuss specific efforts made in Rwanda regarding the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, in particular ICTs for education and the empowerment of youth.
By ensuring that children in Rwanda have access to ICTs and quality content, these technologies can provide children with the skills needed to compete for the unknown jobs of tomorrow.
“ICT will be there, to be used not just as a tool but as an enabler – these are two different things. It is the environment in which everything happens and without which nothing happens.”
It is not by coincidence that Youth and ICT are combined portfolios for his position. The youth, defined in this context as those between 16 to 30 years of age, are either a huge demographic dividend or risk – depending on whether they are invested in or not – and are uniquely poised to bring innovation and drive change, says Nsengimana.
He also discussed efforts to move beyond using ICT as a tool and to make real advances on research and development, and to shift gears from being consumers to producers in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.
For the full interview, view the video below.