This fund will empower 15000 rural and urban youth leaders to learn, lead and thrive in our digital world. In Congo-Kinshasa luck of opporunities and ressources prevent millions of young people from acquiring the digital skills that connects them with greater opportunities, leaving them marginalized and disadvantaged. With this fund, we will support our local youth associations partners to ensure young women and men can access technology, data and receive training to digitally literate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply changed our ways of living, forcing us all to go digital. However, the alarming luck of digil skills and connectivity capacities among Congolese young people is a major challenge. The rural-urban digital divide is a huge national problem that damagingly affect young people, particularly those poor and disregarded. Digital exclusion impacts many areas of rural and urban youth's lives, reducing their access to information, education, job and other opportunities.
Our AgroMwinda Leadership Academy (ALA) program targets youth association leaders from across the country. Through their organizations we provide other rural and urban youth with access to data and technology as well as training they need to become digitally literate. As rural areas have weak technology facility for data and internet, we prioritize the USSD technology to provide education during the pandemic and help them acquire the needed skills to master the future.
Providing young people have with access to digital resources and equipping them with the needed skills to capitalize these digital resources, will enable them to become powerful to shape their own futures and impact change in their communities. Closing the gap between rural and urban youth access to technology and digital resources will promote a just and long-term participation in our highly digitalized world. Digital literacy implies suitable jobs, education and innovation for young people.