Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
17 July 2016
Egypt Partakes in ITU Annual Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Child Online Protection for sub-Saharan African Countries

Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will participate in the ITU annual regional human capacity building workshop on Child Online Protection for Sub-Saharan African countries on July 18 – 20, in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The workshop is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU (Regional Office for Africa, in collaboration with the Human Capacity Building Division in Geneva, and in partnership with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) which is hosting the event.

MCIT National Committee of the Children Online Protection (COP) will participate in the event to showcase Egypt's efforts in the field of child protection on the Internet, especially with regard to capacity-building. Egypt presides ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection, and is a member at ITU COP Initiative.

The theme of the workshop is “Ensuring Child Online Safety (COS) in a digital world: building human capacity in COS policy formulation and implementation.” The theme focuses on child online safety, in an African context, where several initiatives and measures are being taken to bridge the digital gap and reach social and economic development through the use of ICT.

The main objective of this workshop is to provide a platform to African countries to share experiences, strengthen their knowledge and raise awareness on Child Online Safety through a multi-stakeholder approach involving governments, educators, ICT regulators and companies, the civil society, NGOs and other organizations dealing with children and youth. The workshop will help participants to develop, adapt and implement strategies, mechanisms and guidelines as well as national Child Online Protection plans in all layers of the society to make a real difference.

The workshop is open to ITU Member States and ITU-D Sector Members, regional and sub regional regulators’ associations, senior managers and managers dealing with policy and strategy formulation and programs implementation within Ministries of telecommunication/ICT and Ministries of education, academia, telecommunications operators and service providers, device manufacturers, international organizations and NGOs dealing with children and youth.

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