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Technology Used as Tools

It is not enough that young people learn to use new technologies, they must
learn to use them “€œas tools, thus enabling them to bring out the best of these
means in a free and critical way”€. This was emphasized by Pope Francis to the Executive Board of Vodafone Foundation whom he received on Wednesday morning, 5 October, before the General Audience. The Foundation presented to the Pope an initiative for young Africans entitled “€œInstant Schools for Africa”€.

“€œThis project”€ — said the Pontiff — “€œis part of the wider spectrum of public
and private initiatives that promote a more inclusive and supportive world,
providing opportunities for development to individuals and social groups at
risk of being excluded”€ .
The Pope also expressed the wish “€œthat, among the resources offered to youth,
there may be digital access to sacred texts of various religions, in respective
languages. This would be a beautiful sign of care for the religious dimension
so deeply rooted among African peoples, and a sign also of encouraging
interreligious dialogue”€.


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