At the Global Youth Summit, young people came from diverse regions to share their perspectives on how to leverage the power of the Internet. They looked at the opportunities and challenges for social prosperity and digital transformation as well as measures to be taken to achieve a more resilient digital future.
2.2 billion — or two-thirds of children and young people aged 25 years or less — do not have internet access at home. Approximately 759 million or 63% of young people aged 15 to 24 years old are unconnected to the internet. There is also a significant gap between high-income and low-income countries, 87% coverage compared to 6% respectively.
To create a human-centred digital space for youth calls for the development of programmes to increase digital literacy, increased youth participation in policy making, especially around data protection and more innovative ways to engage youth in the technology sector. For example, MEST Africa, provides the digital skills that aspiring and established African entrepreneurs need.
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