Zain South Sudan rewards app developers in UNESCO tie-up

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Young people from South Sudan have developed mobile application during the second YouthMobile training event. Three students were awarded smartphones and 3 GB internet modems, loaded with mobile data by Zain South Sudan. Each of the 45 particpants have also been given a 3 GB internet modem by Zain.

The training that was organised by UNESCO and Zain South Sudan, in partnership with The Dev School in Nairobi. UNESCO Juba Head of Office and Country Representative, MSalah Khaled, said the UN agency is convinced that mobile apps can play a big role as an interactive communication platform for the various sectors in the country, and support people with disabilities.

Faced with the challenge of registering applications with companies such as Apple, which has not registered South Sudan as a country in its apps store, Basel Manasrah, the CEO of Zain South Sudan, said he will send a request to Google to open an app store for South Sudan uploads.

UNESCO is negotiating a global partnership with Google, which will make it easy to address such challenges facing member states. The urgent need to establish a technology innovation hub in South Sudan young peopleto research and incubate information and technology ideas was repeatedly echoed by all the speakers. Students from University of Juba also emphasised the need to have a centre where their creativity can be enhanced.
Source: Telecompaper 28 April 2015