Rwanda ICT Events Target 4 Million Youth

The head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom has called for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 16 April.

Soleil Balanga was killed in the town of Monkoto, look in the northern province of Equateur, abortion after having used a megaphone to broadcast news in the streets of his town after the transmitter of his local radio station, Monkoto Soso Aleli, had broken down.

“I am shocked by the brutal murder of Soleil Balanga, which I strongly condemn,” Irina, Bokova, UNESCO Director-General said Thursday evening in a statement.

“I call on the authorities to bring those responsible for this killing to justice. Violence cannot be allowed to silence reporters and deprive the public of information it is entitled to receive.”

The Director-General issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled ‘Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.’

These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, which outlines the Organization’s mandate to ‘further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.’

As part of efforts to realize that purpose, UNESCO collaborates in advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication.

The Director-General condemned all assassinations and physical violence against journalists as a crime against society, since such attacks curtail freedom of expression and, as a consequence, other rights and freedoms set forth in international human rights instruments.
The Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with various stakeholders organised the National YouthConnekt Month to kick off on 2 May 2015.

Themed “Twahisemo Kuba Umusingi w’Iterambere” roughly translated as (We Choose to Be the Foundation of the Country’ Development), cheapest the YouthConnekt Month will be an opportunity for over Four Million Rwandan youth to clearly demonstrate their contribution in the country’s economic transformation.

YouthConnekt Month 2015 will include ICT activities to increase access to Broadband services and therefore boost socio-economic opportunities for citizens across the country.

The Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi told press on Thursday said that the forum creates an enabling environment for the Rwandan youth to contribute to their communities’ welfare and enhance their role in national building.

“This platform also creates opportunities for youth to express their ideas and views on the future of Rwanda and proposed solutions to the identified challenges,” stressed PS Mbabazi.

The YouthConnekt Month originated from the resolutions of the first edition of the Youth Connekt Convention which was held in December 2012.

During the convention which was attended by President Paul Kagame, the youth resolved to hold an annual exercise meant to enhance their participation in socio-economic development activities.

The President endorsed the idea and recommended an annual youth month dedicated to enhancing youth participation in the country’s socio-economic transformation.

This year’s YouthConnekt Month will kick off on 2 May 2015 in Nyamasheke District, Western Province, and will end on 30 May 2015 in Kirehe District, Eastern Province.

It was organised in partnership with National Youth Council, Imbuto Foundation, MINALOC, MIGEPROF, MINISPOC, One UN, DOT Rwanda, all districts, Youth organisations and faith based organisations.


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