two-day digital media boot camp organised by the National Youth Council of The
Gambia (NYC) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Senegal (KYC) recently ended at
Shelley’s residence in Bijilo.
The boot camp was organised to train young people on social media tools such as computers, Facebook, email and twitter to support Gambia’s political and economic development. It targets to prepare the minds and capabilities of young leaders to think ‘digital new Gambia’ and drive the revolution.
As productive tools from everyday communication or entertainment, the digital media tools have grown in complexity, capacity, and importance to revolutionary levels.
Representing the Ministry of Youth and sports, Marcel Mendy said it is a clear agreement that for a country to participate in digital revolution, it needs to be proficient in the use of electronic device most especially computers for its citizens to be digitally literate. “At the core of the revolution is information access and sharing which we refer to as the information age.”
The main objective of the training is to introduce the participants to selected new digital media applications including social media and to learn how to use them hands-on. “Digital revolution is a must and as a country, we cannot be left behind when we have the human resources to do it. We have to build the capacity of our citizens most especially the young ones to participate and contribute effectively to national development.”