Zambia in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be hosting a workshop to develop a national strategy framework on Child Online Protection (COP) in the country. The three (03) day programme which is being organized by Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) in collaboration with international COP experts, regional partners as well as local participants is scheduled to take place from March 26-28, 2014 at Zambezi Sun Hotel in Livingstone.
The workshop is designed to facilitate capacity building and awareness aimed at empowering experts and policy makers from around Zambia. Furthermore, the workshop will discuss the landscape of activities on protection of children online within the country and develop a practical and effective framework for protection of children online that can be implemented in Zambia, using the five Pillars of COP as a yardstick.
In November 2008, ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative to bring together partners from all sectors of the global community to ensure a safe and secure online experience for children everywhere. COP aims to tackle cyber security holistically, addressing legal, technical, organizational and procedural issues as well as capacity building and international cooperation.
Local participants in the ZICTA organized workshop include amongst others, government departments responsible for children’s welfare, ICT service providers, non-governmental organizations, relevant regulatory bodies and Zambia’s youth representatives to last year’s ITU Youth Summit held in Costa Rica.
Members of local ICT clubs will also be present. ZICTA has over the last two years, established over 100 ICT clubs in schools countrywide which provide a platform to disseminate information on Child online protection to the youth.