Koneta Hub’s session was one that discussed in detail the issue of inclusion as it affects women and young people in South Sudan at this year’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (#DRIF2021) hosted by Paradigm Initiative and partners.
The panel consisted of Ustaz David, Deputy Dean, College of Computer Science and Information Technology University of Juba, Unguec Stephen, Asst. Director for Cyber Security and Head of Cyber Security, National Communications Authority, Eva Yayi, Executive Director, GoGirls ICT Initiative and Nelson James Kwaje, Director of Programs, DefyhateNow, South Sudan.
Together the panelists were able to simplify tech education in South Sudan using several contexts.
Ustaz David in his keynote address gave a history of tech in South Sudan’s educational system.
From when they gained independence and how it spread to the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.
He also assessed the state of tech education in those stages and how a developed tech curriculum should be included in the various stages of education in South Sudan.
Also speaking at the #DRIF2021 Unguec Stephen analysed the tech landscape (infrastructure, policies) in South Sudan in his words “We cannot make a better use of technology without having proper policies in place.”
He gave an insight into the South Sudan ICT laws and regulations, existing policies that need to be developed and the importance of integrating women into the digital space.
Eva Yayi in her session, Bridging the Digital Gap, explained her efforts to improving tech education for women in South Sudan.
She highlighted certain programs and measures used to include women of marginalised communities by empowering them with digital skills as well as making sure online content is also available offline to include those excluded from the digital space.
The session #DRIF2021 ‘What is the Future for South Sudan’ was practically analysed by James Nelson Kwaje.
He mentioned the way tech could thrive in South Sudan is for the digital ecosystem to have a robust market for companies to invest in, youths will have to build on the problems the internet can solve and that talks are being held to reduce the cost of data to enable uploads of local content online.
Content contribution: Paradigm Initiative