Members of the Catholic Association for Communication – SIGNIS-Africa, at the just ended Congress and Delegates Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have identified the need for the youth to find their rightful place in the digital world and apply their creativity in enhancing the continent’s development.
In a 3-page communique signed by President of SIGNIS-Africa, Rev. Fr. Prof. Walter C. Ihejirika, the group encouraged young people to appreciate the fact that with their teeming population they “cannot remain bystanders in the endeavour to develop the continent, but should become protagonists and artisans of their own destinies; harness the digital technologies to revitalize the missionary spirit, promote creativity, integral human development and enhance the training and formation of Catholic communicators in witnessing to the Gospel values,” the communique notes.
The association further pledges “to create awareness to tackle the increasing number of challenges faced by the youth. ‘SIGNIS-Africa, being a stakeholder of the child/youth protection programme of the Church in the continent aims at making her contributions to the creation of awareness about the challenges faced by the African children and young people in the digital age.”