Wanjala Nashion Nyongesa said – We need to have a great connection between our nation and other nations so that we may also grow like others because there is no tree that can grow on its own without the support of soil.
Many countries in Africa are now doing their best to develop in technological terms. Most of them have set many visions to be achieved after a certain period of time. E.g. in Kenya we have s some goals that we have set to be achieved before 2030(Vision 2030) and some of these visions include; developing in economic, political and social perspective. Some of them we have already achieved them but it’s enough but at least we have something tangible that we can say that we are going somewhere. They include; construction of the Standard Gauge Railway and the Mpesa services.
The SGR has not only reduced the hours that used to be spent from Mombasa to Nairobi but it has also reduced the cost of transportation e.g. before its existence, the passengers and their goods used to take 12 hours to be moved from Mombasa to Nairobi and vice versa but when the SGR was introduced by his excellence president Uhuru Kenyatta government, now goods and passengers only take four hours from Mombasa to Nairobi and vice versa. For such development to take place the government should be in good relationship with other countries and invested much in youths. E.g. the SGR was initiated between the government of Kenya and China, and most of the labor was provided by the youths.
On other hand, the Mpesa has made transfer of money to be cheaper than before. Now not only people can transfer money from one place to another electronically with less cost being incurred but also they can bank and withdraw from their accounts without travelling to the bank and queue for hours so that they can deposit or withdraw money hence reducing time wastage . They can also access bank loans through the mpesa for example the Mshwari and KCB Mpesa offer loans, and such services could have been in existence without the presence of the internet and someone being devoted to a heavy research on how to develop it.
If the government will not allow its youths to be in the forefront of developments and access of strong internet services then the future of the country will be doomed. Since most of the youths in Africa (at least 90%) have mobile phones that have access to internet and most of them are always online chatting with their friends. Mostly they use Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram and etc. Such interaction brings transfer of views and knowledge from one place to another because it’s not all of them are located in same geographical area. For instance, I can chat with my friend and relatives who reside in America, Japan, China and etc. through the use of my mobile phone or personal computer that have an access to the internet. Even though some of them misuse the internet but many of them are getting knowledge and skills that they can use in a certain way to bring a positive change in our country.
Most of the university students are doing their researches and learning through their mobile phones and personal computers due to the available of internet. Most of the universities have installed Wi-Fi which enable their students to access the internet easily and do their work easily. For instance, am taking a course in computer science, I cannot be able to know and predict what my fellow course mates are doing in other universities and outside my country without confirming it from the internet which is the bank of information in the whole world. I can also attest that most of my learning materials I usually get them through the internet, some of them include the pdf of programming languages such as python, java, ruby and C++ because notes that are availed by the tutors to the students during the lectures in lecture halls are not always enough for us to acquire the best skills from them but they are just the foundation or the stepping stone. Therefore am always on the internet researching and getting familiar with the new invention in the world of science because there is always advancement in technology each day that raises up. For example, there is competition in invention of new phones and computers that are more effective with less consumption of power i.e. there is a competition in production of computers that are more powerful, small in size, less power consumption and less heat production between Intel Microprocessor Company and Pentium microprocessor company therefore for me to be updated on the type of programming language that I should take and compete successfully in this dynamic world, I must know which generation of computers we are using and if my language is portable or not. Therefore, the more we become familiar with the internet the more we acquire relevant skills that can be used to develop our country in achieving our goals as a growing nation.
The government of Kenya is now changing from analog to digital i.e. Television that used to be of analog was switched off by the government of Kenya so that we can access the digital one.
Even though there were more complain from the citizen but after sometimes they accepted the change. For most of the citizen to accept the change, we youths were forced to intervene through by educating our parents on the importance of changing from analog to digital after we did a serious research and understanding why the government decided so. Therefore, they purchased the digitalized one (televisions), and now they are enjoying live and most of this digitalized cachets we bought them were bought from China due to a good relationship between the nations.
Our government has trusted the government of China since most of our properties in our country are made from China also many of the Chinese engineers are in our country e.g. most of our roads are being constructed by engineers from China and I appreciate that our country is made up of youths, whose vision is based on the development, and how will they learn some of these skills without getting into contact with engineers are from china? They can only get these through the use of internet since most of Chinese who are currently in the country cannot get into contact with each one of us. Therefore we are not only interested in internet for chatting but also looking at the developments of other countries and negotiate with them on how they can also help us to achieve such developments in our countries. Since most of the youths in the country are the one to be the leader of tomorrow.
Now the government should invest in them by informing them on the importance of education since there is some teaching that is being done through online and we cannot enroll to search learning without us accessing the internet therefore we urge the government to introduce free Wi-Fi in our towns because most of our youths who have completed their education have moved away from locals and they are seeking their living but if they will lack connection of the internet in those places, they will be unable to know the current affairs since most of the jobs now days are being advertised through internet. Most of them are using their own bundles which is most expensive because they do not have jobs that can sustain them to buy bundles each day. If they miss such information, they may be tempted to participate in robbery but if they get such information in time, they may save their time. E.g. when someone knows that there is a certain job in a certain company, he/she may know the condition and qualification, and if he/she fits she can present herself to the interview but if she fails, she can stay at home. But if she only hear it from just rumors that there is job at a certain company and she avails herself without any know how of the job, and realize that they don’t need her, she will have wasted her time and transport of moving to that place.
There is also some work that is being done through online and such work cannot be done by the old people since their sight is fading away; include ecommerce and gif. Most of them are being done by the use of internet and is done by selling and advertising products of a certain companies and they are paid according to your effort and likes from the people. There is also writing of essays and articles like this one and it cannot be transferred to another person without the use of internet. Therefore if a country wants to develop economically, it should make sure there is a strong connection of internet to the consumers. If the youths will engage to such activities and work, they will not have time of thinking on how to steal from other people hence will promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
Most of the youths are very creative because they are mostly educated but the problem is that they do not how implement their creativeness into action. They also have great vision towards the nation but they have not been given the opportunity to air their creativeness. If the country will give them the chance and opportunity to participate in governing and presenting their desires, they will too much development. Also if they are given an opportunity to expose their skills to the nation, they will never remain the same. Some of them usually have little know how about something but if they are allowed to access to internet at low cost, they can share out their views with other youths leading to not only cohesion but implementation of the ideas into actions.
For the developing countries, I would like to suggest that their development depends upon the youth. This is because the effort of today is tomorrow’s success. E.g. Before china developed to its current position, there was much involvement of youths in the developing it. People used to work tirelessly under the direction of the experienced one. Therefore we need to be recognized by the ruling government for us to develop and only we shall be recognized if the government will invest in research on how we can achieve our visions. We cannot claim that we need to improve our standards without involving other countries that were here in same situation in many years ago and we cannot say that we shall share and improve our standards from just imagination than real actions. We know that all of us we cannot go to China at once, but we can sent some from our country so that they can go and learn some of the logistics that are used there so that we they come they can share with us. But by doing so, we cannot get the best that we need so that we may develop our country. Therefore, I can suggest that if the government can have a good agreement between China and our country, they can come up with a common portal or forum where we can enroll ourselves. In this portal, they should be provision of various courses that we can learn through online and our government should encourage us to do such courses. Since the mind of the youths still growing can adhere to changes as first as possible and any cost that is incurred should be shared among the countries. In this forum, we are able to share our views with fellow students from another countries hence exchanging the knowledge we have.
For this to take place effectively, we need effective connection of internet. The government should make sure that availability of internet is high e.g. every place should have 4G and 3G internet connection so that we can access learning materials easily. But if the government is able to set up Wi-Fi in specific places where can act us a public place it can be better Since the youths are yearning to know more information from the internet. They will always spend much of their time just doing nothing but if the government can create awareness among its youths on what to do through the internet, the youths will be very important in the country but if the country will just leave them to wonder in the darkness, they will never know the importance of light. The government should also encourage the exchange programs, by doing so they will have exchange of knowledge at ground level, through this exchanges we can be able to know various cultural activities and appreciate them.
It so sad to found out that some of the African youths use internet to spread hatred speech. Most of the communal war have erupted due to some of these speeches. But if we can change this by taking lessons that teaches on moral through online in we can heal our country. The country cannot grow economically if there is a question with its political and social life. For this to change, we need the government to bring into light the rules and regulation of using the internet. We need to know that we are equal and no one is more important than the other in whatever he/she does as long as it promote unity. We also need to have a forum where our youths can do their attachments in China so that we acquire the best of the skills that they have. Such attachments will lead to a positive result that can be seen in our nation but if we shall be left alone without anyone showing us on which way we should choose we cannot do anything constructive but we shall just be like blind men leading each other.
We need to have a great connection between our nation and other nations so that we may also grow like others because there is no tree that can grow on its own without the support of soil, therefore, a nation that depends upon itself can’t grow until it drains knowledge from others who have developed, and the only those who can carry this knowledge is the youths since they do not have many roles to take also in our country we have many youths who have completed their education but unfortunately they have not secured a job that they can depend upon but they remain to be unused materials, such youths need great help from the government so they may impact their skills in the societies.
Therefore, the more we get exposed to internet is the more we grow in our thinking and reasoning. There is no one who was born while knowing everything but the rate at which we exposed to knowledge differs leading to difference in knowledge. These changes now are the one that has made development to alter from one place to another. But we are happy since internet is reaching to each part of our country and very soon we shall be growing rapidly and we shall no more misuse our skills that is in us but we shall change it to actions. I see tomorrow more advanced than today, step by step we shall reach since we have been addicted to internet. We shall learn from you as you learn from us. Indeed without the internet and youth who are willing to learn and promote the country to next level the country will remain stagnated.
Wanjala Nashion Nyongesa
I am Wanjala Nashon Nyongesa, born in the year 02/07/1997 (21 years old) taking bachelor of computer science in Laikipia University, Kenya and I am a second year.
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