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Today is the international youth day. The theme for the 2017 celebration is ’Youth for peace’. A popular adage says, ‘a hungry man is an angry man’. For youth to be geared towards peace, they need to be meaningfully engaged and trained with necessary digital skills needed in the 21st century. Digital skills relate to digital literacy. Cornell University defines digital literacy as ‘the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet’. Newspapers are read online, musicians post songs online these days, banking transactions are increasingly being done via the internet. To be able to engage in the 21st century young people need to be digitally literate and to have digital skills


Here are a few digital skills to help you stand for peace-

  1. Respecting others right online- All too often reports are rife of cyber-bullying and other kinds of harassment online. Young people need to know that its not cool to do so. Respecting the rights of others online is also a way of standing for peace
  2. Coding- Coding has been recognised to be one of the most important skills of the 21st Being able to build websites and applications that can create solutions to social and developmental issues and change the course of history. Young people can use these skills to connect technology, innovation, youth empowerment and community development to each other
  3. Digital marketing and social media- A lot of PR and marketing is being carried out on social media and the digital space. Today youth need to master that skill to move along with the rest of the world. From search engine optimisation to video content marketing, this is a skill set you definitely need to learn to set you apart for that job. in recognition of this, techcultureNG recently organised a digital marketing masterclass for the city of Port-Harcourt


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Adaora is the founder of Techcultureng.com. When she is not trying to save the world, she loves to write and rock her heels.

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