Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and Information Communication Technology (MYICT) is looking to transform the lives of five million Rwandans with a new initiative aimed at providing Internet access, skills training and jobs across the country. Dubbed the Digital Ambassadors Program (DAP), the project is being run in partnership with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Internet for All Northern Corridor initiative and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT).
“DAP is an innovative and youth-led approach to economic development and digital inclusion – we are inspired by the commitment of MYICT and our network of partners in Rwanda to making this a highly impactful initiative that will create new opportunities and transform communities.”Janet Longmore, Founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust
The DAP aims to employ five thousand Rwandan youth with a target of 50% participation of young women and girls with all the youth serving as digital skills trainers delivering digital literacy programs in rural communities across Rwanda.
“Young Digital Ambassadors receive essential ICT, facilitation, and soft skills and will spend time in their communities getting to understand the needs and challenges of community members while providing digital solutions and training,” said Janet Longmore, founder and CEO of DOT. “DAP is an innovative and youth-led approach to economic development and digital inclusion – we are inspired by the commitment of MYICT and our network of partners in Rwanda to making this a highly impactful initiative that will create new opportunities and transform communities.”
The DAP training will mainly focus on basic digital literacy for rural Rwandans who have low or no experience using the Internet. It will also extend to more in-depth training on how citizens can use the available e-services in Rwnada such as use e-gov and e-business services.
Under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, Rwanda is looking to use the DAP initiative to address some of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely, SDG 5, SDG 8, SDG 10, and SDG 17, as it goes beyond access and digital literacy, with a strong focus on jobs and skills and aims to reduce inequalities within Rwanda.
Cover Image Credit: Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT raises awareness of 4G in Kigali / Flickr