By Elias Hakizimana.
Despite the effectiveness in Mobile phone and smart phones use in Rwanda as part of information and communication technologies, young ICT mentors found ICT illiteracy among rural areas as key challenges of the industry.
They plan to address this issue through mentoring high school and University ICT students to go and train rural dwellers on ICT and computer skills.
According to Steven Burora, founder of Boramind, 80percent of rural dwellers do not know anything about computer while 90 percent of Rwandans have access to mobile phones.
Burora told The Inspirer that most of the rural citizens still have challenges to access digital documents and that as young ICT skilled people are going to look for solutions for those challenges by training youth on ICT applications and effective use of computer and smart phones.
Through their outreach programmes, Burora said “we reach out young people who have or not computer skills but willing to know and explore such a knowledge and we give them the skills,” he said.
Burora was addressing the young high school and University students last week during the workshop they called “Digital Network Acceleration”.
He said that the rationale of the workshop is to dig into problems facing ICT industry in Rwanda to start working on solutions.
“We want also to tackle cyber security issues which are today dominant in our ICT industry, banks for example, we are encouraging ICT graduates to develop the skills needed to tackle all these challenges, and we believe in 2023 that this country will no longer have ICT challenges,” Burora noted.