Coalition Umwana ku Isonga under support of Sno/Sida via Plan international Rwanda has conducted an assessment on the consequences on use of ICT and new technology by children and youth and its linkage to OCSE. It is an assessment which has done almost a month by the synergic expertise limited as a hired consultancy firm. After the submission of the draft report, Coalition UmwanakuIsonga organized a validation workshop on 08th July 2019 at Gorilla hotel.
This workshop which gathered different institutions including government institutions like Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA), Rwanda Information Society Authority(Risa), Rwanda Investigation Bureau( RIB),Ministry of Justice, Rwanda National Police, members of international organizations like Plan International and world Vision and other members of Civil Society Organizations particularly those member of the coalition Umwana ku Isonga, in total, they were 34 including 22 men and 12 women. In consideration of the agenda setting, the workshop started by welcoming remarks of CUI coordinator, which has been followed by the opening remarks of the chairperson of the Coalition Umwana ku Isonga, then synergic expertise took a moment of presenting the findings which have been followed the comments from the participants and closure.
Presentation of the findings
The presentation of the findings has been done by the representative of the synergic expertise ltd, Mr. Rene Umukunzi Christian. He helped the participant to understand the whole content of the assessment which has mainly three things which are: Methodology Used, Key findings and recommendations.
- Girls are more at risk than boys
- Children who live in the Touristic Districts are more at risk of being exploited than others
- Pornography is coming on top among other risks that children met on the internet
- Children and youth in rural areas are not more at risk than children in urban area due to lack of infrastructures, low education, etc…
- Why in the assessment you have limited only on children from 13-17years old?
- We can have more time to work on the data and provide other updates records
- About the recommendations we should have a recommendation which asks to have boxes to tick for everyone line service to be child friendly.
- For the case of the recommendation what can we do for the case of schools that we do not have the recommendations
- We have seen that the assessment has been done in only 10 districts, so you need to change the title because it had not covered the whole country
- About the data, because RURA as the regulatory body has all the information relating to data of the people who have access to ICT materials, we propose that word perception you change it, or write it on the other way.
- Should the campaign base on cyber cafes or home for smart phones according to the weakness found during the research?
- We should have much emphasis on Information Communication and Telecommunication Providers because they are able to protect from Social Medias.
- The awareness raising of this issue is needed in schools particularly to teachers
- Are victims & perpetrators aware of this issue.
What is the way forward?
Rwanda Information Society Authority has suggested that there is a need of another session of discussing on these findings and insert other information which are needed to be able to have a final document. In addition to that Mrs. Sylivie a staff of Rwanda information authority in charge of the online child protection policy promised that they will host this session at RISA conference room after agreement with coalition Umwana ku Isonga about the day.