Jude Thaddeus Njikem, Cameroon

Jude picSocial Media and Web 2.0 tools for a Youth Organization in Cameroon (ICfD Fall 2012)

Before I enrolled in UNITAR’s e-Learning course “Innovative Collaboration for Development” (ICfD), I only knew Twitter as a tool meant for the big media houses and organizations, I knew Facebook to be a social media tool meant for friends and family to meet and share memorable moments. I saw WordPress to be meant for web builders and YouTube to be for professional video makers.

When I enrolled for the course, I saw social media and web 2.0 tools differently. I have realized how much web 2.0 tools can be used to collect opinion, communicate, share stories as well as information.

On a personal level, the ICfD course helped me to setup my Twitter account, use Facebook and YouTube as tools for information sharing and has helped me complete my LinkedIn profile.

Upon completion of this course, I was able to set up a Facebook page, a Twitter account (@OAYouthCameroon), as well as a website for my organization in Cameroon, OAYouth. Armed with knowledge from the course, we have also been able to change our website to WordPress since it helps us relate to our audience. Since then, we have been able to tweet, post and share posts about our organization’s work in the field of entrepreneurship and rural development.

My organization is working hard to start training other youth led organizations in Cameroon on the use of Social Media tools. The result from the youth organizations we have worked with has been very compelling and we have seen the need to train more young people.

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