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Certification on ICT programme for young people in Kenema by

National Youth Commission Resource Center Eastern Region

ICT a priority for youth development

Many young people are developing interest in Information Communication Technology (ICT) especially with the emergence of social media. But there are many challenges underway as most do not have the required skills in ICT. To meet that demand for some of the country’s youth, the National Youth Commission with help from Goal Ireland/ Sierra Leone office in Kenema gave training certificates to over 60 young people who have completed a course in ICT. The pilot programme which mainly looked at the Microsoft package has established the need for ICT for mainly young people daring to enter university or already in tertiary institutions.
During the event held at the District Youth Council hall in Kenema, the representative of the Director of Education in Kenema Prince Ngebeh said he was thrilled by the initiative. Mr. Ngebeh said although education of any type is mainly the responsibility of the Ministry of Education but ‘we are happy to see institutions helping in our role as this will add to the human development.’
The Regional Coordinator East, National Youth Commission, Sandy Kongo Sama said the ICT training was a dream accomplished. He noted that ‘there is no way you can earn a decent job without ICT’. He maintained that going through the training was herculean as they had challenges with electricity, limited computers, tutors etc. He said with the pilot programme, the regional office is already overwhelmed with requests from young people to enter the programme.
In his account, Alimamy Conteh one of the trainees said ‘ I never knew about computer and even using smart phones, with this training I have already secured job at Network Movement for Justice and Democracy (NMJD)’. Marion Dakowa another trainee said she was a petty trader who was passing by the Youth Commission’s office where she heard about the programme. Marion said ‘today I can turn on the computer, type and save into a folder’ I am very happy for this opportunity and I thank NAYCOM.
Representing the Area Coordinator Goal Ireland/Sierra Leone Kenema office, Doris Wuseni said her organization was pleased to support the programme. She encouraged the trainees to make use of the opportunity ‘learn to take it along life and practice’. She said the Commission should consider extending this opportunity to secondary school pupils.



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