The role of Social Entrepreneurs in Deploying ICTs for Youth and Community Development in South Africa
AbstractThis study presents the case study of an innovative program designed to use ICT to meet the educational needs of disadvantaged young people in Cape Town communities in South Africa. This study illustrates the methods and experiences of Ikamva Lisezandleni Zethu, a youth organization that harnesses the potential of ICT for educational, youth and community development in South Africa. The case highlights the best practices of social entrepreneurship with less financial and technological resources within the context an African society. The major challenges facing the young organization are highlighted and its successes are also identified. The activities of the Ikamva youth organization reveal that, South Africa and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) need effective multilateral initiatives to meet their educational aspiration as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Rather, ICTs, if properly and innovatively applied by the public and the civil society groups, has the potential to improve the quality of and expand access to secondary education in Africa.
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