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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.

Got Questions?

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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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How do we get learning PCs or Tablets into low income households?

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;

How are we going to use #technology to connect with our wards? Even if we had a solid e-learning portal, how do we get tablets at the very least into these households? Click To Tweet

For clarity, Joshua’s questions are all valid and were:

  1. How do we take back control and make technology serve us rather than vice versa?
  2. As we apply new tech to ourselves & our lives, do we enhance our humanity or destroy it?
  3. How do we equip our children to navigate this “brave new world” of intense complexity?
  4. What does it take to shift our culture and business and technology to work together?
  5. Can we make the future better by applying indigenous wisdom and the sacred technologies of the past?

Translated to Hausa:

  1. Ta yaya za mu dawo da ikon da muke da sannan  mu saka fasaha ta yi mana bauta maimakon mu bauta mata?
  2. Yayinda muke amfani da sabbin fasaha ga kawunanmu da rayukanmu, shin muna inganta dan adam ko lalata shi?
  3. Ta yaya za mu ba wa yaranmu damar kewaya wannan “sabuwar duniya” mai rikitarwa?
  4. Me ake bukata don canza al’adun mu da kasuwancin mu da fasaha don aiki tare?
  5. 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.

Your thoughts are welcomed please…🤔😕

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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.