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YTF Contributes to Global Mobile Learning Conversation in Paris
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) will be at the Mobile Learning Week in Paris the week of February 23 to discuss and exhibit YTF’s work with mobile technologies. This gathering is UNESCO’s flagship information and communications technology (ICT) in education event, with a theme focused on empowering women and girls.
YTF Founder and CEO, Njideka Harry, will participate in a skills development panel, deliver a presentation and host a photo exhibition on behalf of YTF. The exhibition will demonstrate YTF’s work through pictures of women and girls that YTF has empowered to use mobile technology in entrepreneurship or in education. Harry will be joined on the skills development panel by:
- Moderator Patience Stephens, UN Women
- Urvashi SahniUrvashi Sahni, Study Hall Foundation
- Sheila Scott, IREX
- Alexandra Tyers, GSMA
“This event hits the sweet spot for our work with mobile technology, and it is incredibly timely for the world,” said Harry. “Of the seven billion people on earth, over 6 billion have access to a working mobile device. Mobile technology is now common in areas where women are underserved and educational opportunities are limited.”
Harry continued, “Opportunities for girls to receive education have increased over the past several decades. Despite this commendable progress, the quality of education remains unsatisfactory in many contexts. We believe use of mobile technology in education can help bridge this gap in many ways.”
At the Mobile Learning Week, YTF will share lessons about girls as key beneficiaries and insights about program concepts. This includes STEM, accessible technologies, like mobile, skills development and mobile financial services for women.
YTF President, Njideka Harry, will join world leaders, around the globe at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 to contribute expertise on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting convenes global leaders from across business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society in Davos for strategic dialogues that map the key transformations reshaping the world.
“These are interesting times for the world. I expect this year’s conversations to be on complex issues that are of greater societal relevance; climate change, gender equality, monetary policy. I come here to engage and to meet directly with the stakeholders that have an impact on shaping trust and I’m excited to represent Africa in Davos.
Mrs. Harry will moderate a session on “Reimagining Africa’s Future” at this year’s Annual Meeting, in which she will contribute to some big ideas to boost Africa’s growth and prosperity. The goal of this session is to identify some big ideas which can be amplified at the Africa regional meeting in June.
“In another 25 years, we will have a labour force bigger than China and India combined, Mrs. Harry said. What does this mean in terms of the roadmap? What do we need to rethink? Where can we be bolder and where can we be more pragmatic? We are 8 years into the financial crises, Europe is still struggling and has pumped 1 trillion Euros to try to jumpstart their economy. The U.S. is no longer buying African oil. In fact they are on target to produce 9 million barrels a day. That’s Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea Libya combined. All the large emerging markets have now slowed down (China, India, Brazil), so basically everyone is looking to Africa as a continent”.
Mrs. Harry will also moderate a session, “Designing Out Poverty,” which will explore how design-driven innovations help put an end to extreme poverty.
25 other social entrepreneurs will contribute their thinking this year at Davos. “These social entrepreneurs are at the forefront of addressing the most pressing social and environmental challenges, ranging from inclusive employment solutions, consumer waste, education, affordable health services, and more,” said Hilde Schwab, in an article on the importance of social entrepreneurs to the Annual Meeting.
“As business and government leaders seek new, innovative solutions to many of the systemic issues they face, social entrepreneurs are called upon to provide solutions. Together with the Young Global Leaders and the Global Shapers, they highlight that global issues need entrepreneurial solutions.
Follow updates from the Annual Meeting on Twitter, using the hashtag #wef15.
3D Printing. Girls. Africa
The Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) received confirmation in December of a grant from Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), in partnership with Google, for 3D Africa. With this funding, YTF will operate a prototyping and engineering space with 3D printing technologies to ignite a passion for STEM in Nigerian girls. 3D Africa combines programming and entrepreneurship; empowering girls as problem solvers and inventors, helping to solve the STEM gender gap in Africa. “We believe youth are future inventors and should be equipped with the tool that will allow them to tinker, create and imagine the future as they want to see it,” said Njideka Harry, CEO and founder of YTF. “At YTF, we want to inspire a generation of curios doers. This starts with young people, and it starts with girls. We are grateful for WeTech’s support to help us provide invention and entrepreneurship education in Africa utilizing 3D printing technologies.” Grant sponsors explain organizations were chosen “for their inspiring work to involve more women and girls in computer science-related opportunities.” The 3D Africa program will help girls learn and thrive, as mathematics and engineering must be applied in order to create the 3D designs (jewelry, art, small parts) that will be printed and marketed/sold for income. The technology is realized through the science, engineering, and mathematics that encompass the entire design and production process. Read more about this work via our 3D Africa Indiegogo campaign.
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The Tech Evangelist, Our founder featured in the The Fall/Winter edition of the Kellogg’s Alumni Magazine!
Check out YTF’s Case Study on Education Quality and Technology on page 18 of the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report published by Legatum Institute.
Lagos, June 26 – 27, 2014. YTF will attend the Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference where YTF’s President and CEO, Njideka Harry, will moderate a panel discussion: “Social entrepreneurship journey – Increasing prosperity in West Africa”. Key points included in this discussion will be:
- Social entrepreneurship as a key to economic growth
- Creating a sustainable impact on the society and the environment
- Leadership skills to support social innovation
- Accessing support networks for social enterprises
Harry will share examples of YTF’s work with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, MasterCard and Intel to enhance women entrepreneurs business and financial capabilities using ICT.
For more information on the conference and to register to attend please visit http://www.wowenigeria.com
Some pictures from the conference.
Liverpool, U.K., June 10-12, 2014. YTF’s President and CEO, Njideka Harry attended Africa Rising 2014, a conference showcasing the growing African market place, in Liverpool last week. Harry spoke on a panel, “Next steps to connect Africa: New trends in technology for market entry”. In this session, she shared a global view on equipping youth with appropriate technology skills to boost local content and build capacity.