Secondary school students from across the island got the opportunity to participate in the Youth Internet Governance Forum and to give feedback on issues that impact them online.
The forum entitled, ‘Gaming and Social Media, the Internet a World of Possibilities for Education and the Internet for Business Opportunities’, was held today in the Liberal Arts Auditorium at the Barbados Community College.
In delivering brief opening remarks, Minister of Youth Adrian Forde described the event as relevant and timely. He also pledged Government’s support to the development of technology, noting that they had already started streaming their press conferences online and would be introducing the ‘Smart City’ in Bridgetown in the near future.
Chairman of Barbados Chapter of the Internet Society Rodney Taylor told Barbados TODAY the aim was to encourage young Barbadians to start their own online companies, while pointing out that Facebook was started by young people.
“Our students have the same minds and creativity that they have . . . . We want to encourage them to [grasp] the opportunities [and] to see themselves as the next big thing,” he said.
He lauded initiatives which encourages young people to develop online businesses and be more involved in technology, such as the ‘smart classroom’ in one secondary school, camps that are supported by the National Council on Science and Technology like Hackathons and the Youth Internet Governance Forum.
He noted, however, that more could be done, adding that recommendations from the forum will assist in policy formulation in education and technology. (KB)