Over a thousand youths from the Nyong and So’o division of the Centre region have been urge to vulgarise the opportunities offered by distance learning to ensure personal growth and the development of the country.
The call was made by the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, MINPOSTEL, Minette Libom Li Likeng.
This was during the close of the 2020 ICT Holiday camp in Mbalmayo last Friday.
The minister told the young people there are several opportunities that E-learning which has been hyped by the health crisis, has to offer which must be exploited in order to forge ahead personal and country growth.
Urging the adolescences to put into use the teachings acquired during the four-day training, Minister Libom said “believe in yourself and try to utilise the talents that you have as well as all that you have learned at the ICT camp for the nation counts on you.” She urged the campers.
She equally cautioned the young ones to avoid the loopholes on the internet and to project a good image of the country and promote living together amongst Cameroonians.
“E-learning and social media have enormous advantages but also have traps that you must avoid.” She said insisting that;
“do not allow yourselves to be manipulated by the enemies of the State. Do not also be passive followers as the Head of State once said, but be patriotic internet users.” The minister appealed.
Meanwhile, some outstanding youths were assured of avenues to further careers in the information and communication technologies at the African Information Institute, IAI Cameroon, in line with government’s plan of transform the Cameroonian society into a digital one especially through the youths, a multimedia centre at Government School Obeck has been equipped with ICT tools while five other primary and secondary learning institutions benefited computers and printers.
The donation made by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in collaboration with IAI Cameroon, were also extended to the six councils of the division, religious bodies and community structure in the area.
The fourth edition of the ICT camp held from September 21 to 24 under the theme ‘distance learning: a response to health challenges. Good practices and opportunities for young people’.
It brought together some 1030 campers from the six subdivisions, including Akoeman, Dzeng, Mengueme, Ngomzap, Nkolmetet and Mbalmayo between the ages of 8 and 18 years.
The ICT holiday camp is a government initiative birthed by the post and telecommunications ministry which seeks to encourage and develop the learning of ICT in rural areas and to promote their responsible use for the reinforcement of patriotism.
Thus, this year’s edition which held within the context of the global health challenge, COVID-19, provided an opportunity of talking to the young people to be schooled about the opportunities offered by distance education.