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Net-generation youth initiative winners announced

23 October 2002 News

ITU and Alcatel have announced four winning proposals from African youths for 'bridging the digital divide'. The contest was sponsored by the ITU-Alcatel Youth Initiative which falls under a new programme called the Youth Education Scheme (YES).

The winners will each receive a bursary of 5000 Euros towards their studies or the opportunity of an internship with Alcatel with the possibility of working on the implementation of their own ICT project.

The winners are:

* Moses Mangwebe (Uganda) for the 'Nazigo Cybercentre Pilot Project'. His proposal is intended to improve education, agriculture, health, business and personal communications access to information and messaging in Nazigo, one of the Zambia/Uganda's disadvantaged rural areas.

* Swithurn Mwenifumbo (Zambia) for 'Giving Internet Access to Zambian Farmers'. His proposal is intended to improve agriculture education and management in a country where the lack of proper forecasts of poor rainfall, appropriate techniques, price information, and food stock locations make it difficult to get enough resources to feed the nation.

* Mame Penda Laye Gueye (Senegal) for 'Internet Project for Keur Matar'. She plans to promote agriculture development in rural communities outside of Dakar by creating a network between all stakeholders in order to exchange business and education information. Youth volunteers from the village will be involved.

* Gyanee Dewnarain (Mauritius) for 'Reduit Village Internet Project.' She intends to provide Internet access at an affordable price to people in Mauritius, regardless of age, social status or geographical location, via television.

See www.itu.int/ITU-D/hrd/vtc/vir-comm/discuss/vyf.





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