January 3, 2011

NEWS / IT: How younger Kenyans are getting hooked to ICT

All indications are that the e-Generation is essential in continuing to finance the public sector.

According to the UNDP and the National Economic and Social Council, Kenya is one of the most unequal societies in the world and the youth face the dual challenges of unemployment, economic and physical insecurity.

Generation Y or Millennials were born between 1979 and 1991 while Generation Z were born between 1992 and 2008 and will join the workforce in the next five years.

Both groups are the main users of new ICT’s such as the internet and SMS and are now also known as the e-Generation or “digital natives”.

Research by the Institute of Economic Affairs shows that most Kenyan youth are unemployed, inactive and face the real threat of poverty.
Up to 800,000 young people leave school every year to take up non-existent jobs making up for a wakeup call.

The e-Generation has been brought up with the internet and displays an ability to sort information and accomplish several tasks at the same time. Research has shown that the youth have formed a great capacity to skim read and to take out only the bits and pieces they are interested in little wonder they are also called the “copy-paste” generation!

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