Securing the Future of Youths Through ICT's / The Challenges to Access from a Youth and Global Perspective Childnet International and The KiBo Foundation

28 September 2011 - A Workshop on Access in Nairobi, Kenya


Workshop 76: A global consideration of the challenges to access and the opportunities that access affords, from a youth perspective


This workshop is being run by Childnet in partnership with the KiBO foundation. It is a merged workshop based on initial proposal 76 and 112.


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- An introduction to Childnet
- An introduction to KiBO
- Our areas of common interest and what the joint session hopes to achieve

The introduction would seek to demonstrate that accessibility can create profound opportunities for youth and children globally, considering the impact on educational growth and employment.

2. Opportunities (20 minutes)
- A discussion of the opportunities afforded by the internet (Childnet)
- A discussion of the opportunities afforded by creating an accessible educational program (Kibo)

3. Challenges (25 minutes)
- A discussion of the challenges that face users getting online from a global perspective, alongside a consideration of whether opportunity is stifled through a lack of access.

This would consider physical barriers to access, as well as the cultural barriers to access, with the youth participants engaging in a discussion/presentation on a case study from their own area of expertise/location/perspective.

The session would hear from Childnet’s Youth IGF Project participants discussing the challenges that they face in the UK coming online.

The session would also consider from KiBO’s perspective, the challenges from the perspective of vulnerable groups i.e. HIV/AIDS youth, Commercial Sex Workers - and in general youth from low income backgrounds and the opportunities access to a program like KiBO that is based on technology and the internet has created.

A related discussion of the challenges that youth face in accessing appropriate educational programs (cost, availability of the internet etc) - from the perspective of youth who have undergone the KiBO program

4. What can be done (25 minutes)

- Ideas of how to overcome these problems, and what is currently being done, and a presentation of solutions including discussion from the floor

5. Conclusions (10 minutes)



A brief substantive summary and the main events that were raised:
The session heard from Childnet's Youth IGF Project Team (UK), KiBO Foundation (Uganda), Imbuto Foundation (Rwanda) and the Danish Media Centre representing the Danish Youth IGF Project (Denmark), about the opportunities afforded by the internet supported by case studies from each delegation. The opportunities considered were holisitic, and covered the wider social benefit that communties coming online can receive. In considering the opportunities the speakers also raised the cahllenges that they, the user groups they represented and their projects had faced.

Conclusions and further comments:
The statement was made that human behaviour and shared learning is key in encouraging more users to benefit from the internet.

Concluding comments from the youth panel included a call to government and to the internet industry to think about what their role should be in encouraging users to come online, and to support them in doing so. “I think there should be no economic or intellectual reason why anyone is not online. If they don’t want to be online, then, of course that should be their right. There should be no reason why they cannot get online should they wish to.”