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Creating Content in our Local Languages

One of our Vision 2030 goals is to:

To train linguists in our community on translating WordPress to our major local language(s), build a community of Polyglots, ready to teach others what they have learnt

To do this, we should also have resources available online and offline in our local languages.

This is a big project in itself and we will update this page with detailed plans as we grow. One step at a time, they say!

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Uwani Hub Summer STEAM Camp 3.0

This happens every August beginning first week and running for three weeks, every year! Open to pre-teen & teenagers from ages 11 – 17. The dates for this years’ steam camp is August 7th – 28th 2021.

Our wards will be camped on-site throughout the camp, parents & guardians are to drop off their wards on the 7th from 1pm, and be around on the 28th for their presentation and pick-up of your wards.

This summer camp is completely free (we only ask you to provide your ward with a personal computer they would use throughout the camp), however donations of foodstuff, equipment, & cash are welcomed!

This is not just going to be a summer learning how to code, wards are introduced to Open Source, WordPress, Reading habits, Internet Safety, Digital Skills, Knowledge Sharing, Arts and Character Development tips. They are equipped with 21st century digital skills that helps stimulate their physical and mental growth.

You can see pictures from our last 2.0 camp here, and read stories from the wards here.

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Building our New Village Hub

Proposed Sketch design

Front View

Right Side View

Left Side View

Rear View

More information to be updated as they are available.

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Coding Summer Camp 2020 Schedule

Hello again and welcome. This is the schedule for this year’s coding summer camp! Download Schedule First Week of Camp. Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th August 2020 Monday: Settling / Checking In and Registration of CampersTuesday: Introduction to the webWednesday: What makes up the webThursday: Communicating on the web, sending emails and writing reportsFriday: Introduction…

This content is for STEAM Summer Camp members only.
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Coding Summer Camp 2.0

Our Online #Coding Summer Camp for Teenagers begins Aug 3rd till 21st. You know what the best part of our camp is that they learn art, crafts, communication & thinking skills, how to code, interact & make friends!  

The schedule will be updated before the end of July 2020.

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Equip a Teen from a Low Income Household with a Tablet & Internet Access

95% of the teenagers who come to our village hub have little or no access to the web or a smart device in their homes.

These teens are mostly from Low Income Households and they attend Public Schools in our area. Covid is making it more difficult for these teens are they are cut out from being able to key into eLearning in these times. Surviving on daily trade is hard enough for these parents / guardians, and considering the Lockdown period we are in, been able to purchase one smartphone is harder. Add to that the cost of subscribing to Internet Data, and buying Petrol (aka Gas) to fuel a generator, just to keep Electricity on everyday.

At the Hub, we have approached connecting with these teens using a one on one approach, but now we have been closed for over two months and the thought of these Teens staying unconnected possibly through the end of this year is frightening. City schools have moved their classes online using a combination of apps and virtual softwares. Our village schools are not all so fortunate to keep up with the times.

This is why I am running this campaign, for every Teen we can connect and equip with an e-Learning tablet / Subscription this year, we would be helping to bridge the gap for those who ordinarily do not have access to the web or its technologies.

We would be starting with 40 teenagers and our goal is to raise $11200 before Summer.

Breakdown:
– One 10 inch 2gb RAM, 16gb ROM tablet costs $205
– MTN Sim and 10gb Data for the next three months costs $75
Total Per Teen =  $280

Tablet use for learning will be closely monitored by our team and parents will be requested to sign a commitment form ensuring tablet is not damaged and the ward does not mis-use the device.

Can you help us? Support and spread the word please. Thank you.

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We are staying safe and closing due to COVID-19

Dear Parent / Guardian / Beneficiaries / Workshop Participants,

Uwani Hub is closed for four weeks amid concerns about coronavirus from today, Monday March 16th 2020. The proposed scheduled date of opening is Monday 13th April 2020 if the global pandemic has been contained by then and the world is at peace again. We understand that this closure is sudden, but our hands are tied and we would rather be safe than sorry for the safety of all the children and teenagers who come to the hub. We will place a phone call to each parent / guardian if the situation changes on or before the 13th of April, 2020.

According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, all Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

  1.   Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  2.   Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.
  4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance – 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication. 

You can find more information about this virus and daily reports from the government here please: https://ncdc.gov.ng

Thank you.

Mary Job.

For Questions, email me at mary@uwani.org (A printed copy of this information has been distributed to the children and teenagers from the Public Schools around who visit the hub).

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Turn-up in Ijebu – A Family Christmas Fun Party

Our village hub is so cool, it needs to be warmed this Christmas! You are invited to a little family get together this Christmas! We at Uwani Hub would love to celebrate the joys of the season with you and your family. So what are you waiting for? Drop in at our village hub for some dinner, drinks and happy tales.

Date is Wednesday, December 25th 2019 and Party begins at 4:30 PM in the evening. Each ticket admits only one. Children under six (6) can accompany their parents / guardians for FREE.

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We are hosting a team in the Technovation Challenge. Know a girl interested in technology, let’s meet her.

Our key goal is bringing tech to towns and villages, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from what information, communication and technologies are offering regardless of where they live. Living in major cities is attractive, but also living in towns should not be the reason why opportunities are unreachable. Hence, why we have decided to host a team for the Technovation Challenge.

If you do not already know what the Technovation Challenge is about, just read on. Sometimes last year there was an uproar in the media about a team of teenage Nigerian girls who made it to the finals and travelled to the USA for this event, then they won the Gold medal at the 2018 edition of the global challenge in Silicon Valley (USA).

It takes just one human to lead change..but it takes everyone of us to be the change we want to see in the world! – M.

Technovation is a global tech education nonprofit that empowers girls and families to become leaders, creators and problem-solvers. They offer two programs – Technovation Girls and Technovation Families – which bring kids and adults together to solve big problems in their communities.

Every year, Technovation invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Technovation Girls is a free technology-based program for girls ages 10 – 18.

For year 2020, we are hosting a Technovation team in Ijebu-Ode and environs, hence if you know any young girl interested in technology, please have her Parent / Guardian reach out to us ASAP! Either by Phone Call / WhatsApp on +234 903 456 9268 or send a mail to mary@uwani.org ASAP as the deadline to join is Dec 31 2019.

We are hosting a @Technovation Team (UwaniHub Squad) in Ijebu-Ode & environs, if you know young girls interested in technology, kindly have their Parent/Guardian reach out to us ASAP! #GirlsInTech #WomenInTech #WomenWhoCode #Retweet… Click To Tweet

SMS/WhatsApp on +2349034569268 or Mail to mary@uwani.org ASAP.
Deadline to join is Dec 27 2019 please.

Other ways to reach out below!
The Uwani Hub Squad is taking part in the Technovation Challenge - We are for girls any day and time
Junior Division is for Girls Age 10-14 years old as of August 1, 2020.
Senior Division is for girls Age 15-18 years old as of August 1, 2020.

You can also just fill in the form on our contact page to reach out to us.

Alternatively, you can sign up on their website here and look for Uwani Hub Squad team in the Junior Division to Join in.

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Update: Tech Lady BootCamp 19 was a success!

In partnership with Nubianette Consulting, we hosted a five (5) day intensive leadership, entrepreneurship and coding bootcamp for 8 young women (age 18 and above) selected from applications received across Nigeria.

The bootcamp took place at Uwani Hub from November 17th to 23rd 2019.

Thank you to all those who supported Mary’s birthday fundraiser for this programme, we made it happen and we made an impact.

Tech Lady BootCamp in partnership with Nubianette Consulting - November 2019
Tech Lady BootCamp in partnership with Nubianette Consulting – November 2019

Participants arrived at the venue on Sunday, 17th November 2019. They were welcomed and checked into their accommodations, thanks to GeoBajas Hotel for sponsoring us with ten (10) of their rooms, we are super grateful. We had a welcome dinner, introduced ourselves and backgrounds, as well as what we hoped to achieve at the end of the bootcamp. We had one lady come from Enugu, Six from Lagos, and One from Abeokuta.

Welcome Desk – Arrival Day 17th
After Welcome Dinner on the first day of the Bootcamp
After Welcome Dinner group photo on the arrival day of the Bootcamp

We started each day with Morning Yoga led by Ali, had breakfast then proceeded to the Hub for three consecutive sessions with tea breaks, lunch and stretches in between. In the evening, we played games in the outdoor area, had siesta for one hour, dinner and chat afterwards, and lights out.

Mary, Ali and the Tech Lady Bootcamp Crew
Mary, Ali and the Tech Lady Bootcamp Crew
Yoga exercises led by Ali at the Tech Lady Bootcamp 2019
Yoga exercises led by Ali at the Tech Lady Bootcamp 2019
Group Photo with all participants and trainers at the Tech Lady Bootcamp 2019
Group Photo with all participants and trainers at the Tech Lady Bootcamp 2019

To see the full photo album, please click here. To reach out to us for partnership, sponsorship, participation in next year’s event or any other reason, kindly click on ‘contact us’ please.