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.
YouthConnekt Month 2015 will include ICT activities to increase access to Broadband services and therefore boost socio-economic opportunities for citizens across the country.
Themed “Twahisemo Kuba Umusingi w’Iterambere” roughly translated as (We Choose to Be the Foundation of the Country’ Development), the YouthConnekt Month will be an opportunity for over Four Million Rwandan youth to clearly demonstrate their contribution in the country’s economic transformation.
The Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi addressing the 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.