HARARE – THE Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) has pledged to make school-going youths techno-savvy.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Young Person’s Indaba held on Wednesday, author and private tutor Jenny Yon said their aim was to make the young generation embrace the evolving digital world.
ZIBF is in celebrating their 30th Anniversary and running under the theme Enabling creativity, writing, publishing and reading for Africa’s Growth.
There were over 120 students in attendance at the Young Person’s Indaba.
“We want to take the students into the digital world; they shouldn’t fear technology.
“They should be able to move even if they don’t know technology they should grow confident through learning.
“We are developing an enthusiasm for writing using computers.
“Of course most of them use computers at school and at home but they might not realise the importance.
“This is our future right here and we are trying to inspire them to break barriers and get them to use their minds so they cannot be left behind as the world is going digital,” she said.
Last year they held a similar programme, enabling young writers in attendance to have their works published online.
“God works in interesting ways, last year we produced an eBook and it is available on the ZIBF website. We wrote stories on a Wednesday, edited and put them on website before the Book Fair ended.
“We are also teaching them how to manage time as we are working with deadlines.”
There were other speakers who included Frank Muzenda who taught students on eLearning and how to compose and edit documents on the computers.