The Information and Communications Technology Office of the of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) through its National Computer Institute (ICTO-NCI),  an Academy Partner of the United Nations Asia-Pacific Center for ICT (UN-APCICT), recently launched the  “Primer Series on ICT for Development (ICTD),” Along program partner the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd)

Around 300 students and faculty from secondary and tertiary schools took part in a series of Technical Talks, organized annually by the DOST-ICTO’s National Computer Institute. This year’s Technical Talk is titled, “Empowering the Youth Through ICT” and will bring together recognized experts to discuss the significance and impact of ICTs on youth in areas such as social media, ICTs for people with disabilities, mobile applications, robotics and green growth.

With the aim of developing a pool of future leaders, the Primer Series project will be equipping select students and youth the capacity to use ICT in achieving development goals.    The five-day series of talks and workshops will be composed of several tracks addressing a range of topics in ICTD.

Following the Technical Talks, a Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop will be held for 45 representatives from tertiary institutions in the Philippines as well as throughout the ASEAN sub-region. The workshop will deliver the first two issues of the “Primer Series on ICTD for Youth” (Primer), which was created under the Turning Today’s Youth into Tomorrow’s Leaders project and serves as a tool to help educators fill the gap in ICTD coverage in universities by promoting the addition of ICTD topics into existing university curricula.

The first track of the Primer Series titled, ‘An Introduction to ICT for Development,’   gives an introductory overview of the role of ICT in development.    To provide university students with a more comprehensive ICTD overview, the second issue titled, ‘Project Management and ICTD’ will be launched this June.  The series is intended for students with technical and non-technical backgrounds and is flexible for use in different national contexts.“With this series of events on ICT for development, APCICT is taking another important step forward in recognizing youth as development partners of the region,” remarked Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of APCICT

“The digital divide goes beyond just infrastructure and access, and as such it is important to remember the four C’s of ICT when doing ICT developmental work, these are: Computers, Content, Connectivity and Capacity or rather Human Capacity. The latter being the one I believe we need to focus on the most.” said Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the DOST-ICTO on the importance of ICTD for inclusive growth.

About UN-APCICT

The first track of the Primer Series titled, ‘An Introduction to ICT for Development,’   gives an introductory overview of the role of ICT in development.    To provide university students with a more comprehensive ICTD overview, the second issue titled, ‘Project Management and ICTD’ will be launched this June.  The series is intended for students with technical and non-technical backgrounds and is flexible for use in different national contexts.“With this series of events on ICT for development, APCICT is taking another important step forward in recognizing youth as development partners of the region,” remarked Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of APCICT

About DOST-ICTO

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

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DOST-ICTO in cooperation with CHEd and the UNAPCICT/ESCAP launches the “Primer Series on ICTD for Youth”, which serves as a tool to help educators fill the gap in ICT for Development (ICTD) coverage in universities by promoting the addition of ICTD topics into existing university curricula. From Left to right are ICTO National Computer Institute Director Ms. Malou Aquilizan, UNAPCIT Consultant and Author of the Primer Dr. Usha Reddi, UNAPCICT/ESCAP Director Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, CHEd Director for International Affairs Atty. Lily Milla and Primer Co-Author Ms. Maytte Macapagal. ICTO Launches UN-APCICT’s Primer Series on ICTD for Youth