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.
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…
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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!
We closed the Hub on the 16th of March 2020 due to COVID-19, our new classes were just about to begin for new and old students that week. We printed a one page sheet mentioning why we were closing and how to stay safe for the teenagers to give to their parents at home.
To be honest I had thought the whole virus would be contained in a month back then, right now, I am not sure anymore when it will be contained and how that would happen as it has been tough for people to not open their business or go to work. One thing that scares me is the thought of our wards, majority of who have no access to computers or tablets in their homes, at most maybe a low memory smartphone belonging to a parent or other family member.
How do we stay connected to our wards? Majority of them go to government public schools where they do not own a whiteboard. In these times, some schools in Lagos and maybe other cities in Nigeria are already integrating the virtual learning process for their students, how would the schools in rural towns and villages like us adapt? Schools where a printed paper or phone call is our means of connecting or communicating with parents, not emailing or any other form of school portal.
I read a post on the 5 Big Questions about the Digital Era by Joshua Freedman, the CEO of Six Seconds, and I can’t help but also ask myself everyday;
For clarity, Joshua’s questions are all valid and were:
How do we take back control and make technology serve us rather than vice versa?
As we apply new tech to ourselves & our lives, do we enhance our humanity or destroy it?
How do we equip our children to navigate this “brave new world” of intense complexity?
What does it take to shift our culture and business and technology to work together?
Can we make the future better by applying indigenous wisdom and the sacred technologies of the past?
Translated to Hausa:
Ta yaya za mu dawo da ikon da muke da sannan mu saka fasaha ta yi mana bauta maimakon mu bauta mata?
Yayinda muke amfani da sabbin fasaha ga kawunanmu da rayukanmu, shin muna inganta dan adam ko lalata shi?
Ta yaya za mu ba wa yaranmu damar kewaya wannan “sabuwar duniya” mai rikitarwa?
Me ake bukata don canza al’adun mu da kasuwancin mu da fasaha don aiki tare?
Shin za mu iya kyautata rayuwa ta gaba ta hanyar amfani da hikimar asali da abubuwan fasaha masu kyau na zamanin baya?
These are questions we should ask ourselves everyday as Parents, Teachers, Brothers, Sisters, and Students. The world has been changing for a long while, it just took this Pandemic for us to experience not being able to go to a traditional office or school.
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:
Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd.
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.
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
For Questions, email me at email@example.com (A printed copy of this information has been distributed to the children and teenagers from the Public Schools around who visit the hub).
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as the deadline to join is Dec 31 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Camp has ended. You can read their stories here and look at photos taken throughout the camp at the bottom of the page.
We ran an exciting and innovative programme this last summer from August from 14th – 25th 2019!
There were two options for the wards, either the day camp or in-house residential option.
An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial for student’s success in our hyper-connected world.
In the classroom, coding is linked to improved problem solving and analytical reasoning…and more!
This was not just be a summer of learning how to code, wards were introduced to technology, reading habits, internet safety, knowledge sharing and character development. They were equipped with 21st century digital skills that stimulated their physical and mental development.
What they learnt?
This summer camp was not just learning to code, but learning to make DIY art and crafts. They learnt HTML, CSS and Python and they all published their camp stories on our class blog alongside their first lines of code which they presented on the final day to their parents and guardians.
Summer camp began:
10.00 am: August 14th 2019 – Arrival and settling into residence on the hub premises (for wards that stayed in-residence).
10.00 am: August 15th 2019 for day campers. Classes ran till 3.00 pm every Monday to Saturday, lunch was provided for all free. AFRICAN TIME WAS DISCOURAGED!
Summer camp ended:
Sunday, August 25th 2019. All parents/guardians were mandated to attend the final presentation of projects from the campers and what they learnt during their stay! This began by 01.00 pm and ended by 03.00 pm with lunch for all.
Planned daily activities was printed and handed to each ward.
What were the costs?
This summer camp was totally FREE for all participants.
One payment we required from those who dropped off their kids daily was to ‘make a commitment to ensure ward(s) did not miss a class. The other payment for parents/guardians registering their wards was to ensure ward(s) have a functional personal computer, as we were unable to provide computers for all.
In House Residence Advantages
Ward(s) were accommodated in comfortable chalets. Environment is big and ideal for families with enough spaces for long walks. They were close to nature, yet in a gated and secure environment. They were fully immersed in the programme and benefitted from story and movie nights. Their meals were prepared by our in-residence chef, toiletries were provided too. We had separate accommodation for girls and boys, and a minder was with them at all times when they are not in class. Mary, our host was also on-site at all times within this period.
Click hereto register your teenager(s) for the next mid-term break camp. More information will be communicated upon registration.
We want to keep in house residential option completely free always, hence we need your support too, if you would like to support our goals, please click here to donate. We accept equipment and physical resources too, kindly contact us and we will arrange pick-up. Thank you.
Spaces are limited so apply early please.
Mary is a Founder and Product Manager at How Do You Tech, a social enterprise with a mission to provide answers to tech problems and challenges for Africans, and a vision to promote #Tech4All regardless of skillset and background. When she’s not teaching digital skills at Uwani Hub, she’s volunteering for the WordPress Open Source Community, Tech4Good Netsquared Community and the Internet Governance Society.
Adedayo is a CMS Evangelist and founder at Jibi Technologies, a frequent speaker at CMS Africa, an annual initiative that promotes Content Management System adoption and use on the African landscape. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the prestigious University of Lagos, and over ten years experience working in the Information Technology sector. When she is not speaking and volunteering, she can be found reading, swimming or writing short stories for Kunku, a storyteller app for kids.
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It is not news that Lagos is a thriving tech town with so many activities buzzing from one end to the other, a lot of tech hubs have sprung up and co-work spaces to support people in Tech is the new best thing. However, what happens to the people who live in other towns and villages outside Lagos and in other states?