Sympathy on the Residenst River Benue Bank Communities

We at EWERDIMA, would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the people living in Kaamem, Wadata, Idye Village, Agboughoul, Atsusa Media Village, Gyado Villa and Kucha Utebe that have been affected by the recent flood. We would also like to commend the community leaders and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for raising the alert signal accompanied with proactive response.

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Disasters regardless of the magnitude shall not be overlooked. Every disaster requires collective response and support from both local and international communities. We have joined other organisations, government agencies and communities to show our sympathy

According to the Director General of NEMA in Nigeria, he said the Cameroonian authorities had indicated that between now and November 2015 there would be routine release of water from the Lagdo Dam. He referred to the relevant government agencies and authorities to alert the communities on the possibilities of flooding and follow up with appropriate advocacy on adequate preparedness.

At this point we will like to continue to evangelise the EWERDIMA Response gadget which we could use to save and identify victims of disasters, emergency situations and calamities. EWERDIMA has received in-kind support from Arduino, Microsoft and Outbox Technology Hub. The project is managed by ILICIT Africa (Integrating Livelihoods Through Communication and Information Technilogy for Africa).

With this message, we will like to call upon all organisations, stakeholders companies, government agencies that believe we can come together to build this technological solutions that will help us save lives and reduce the level of negative impacts that disasters make on our communities.

With caring thoughts, our hearts go out to those that have been affected by this flood in Benue State, Nigeria.

Jibril

 

 

 

Jibril Lawal
Country Director – Nigeria

Enhancing Knowledge and Skills in Ugandan Students

Technology demands in Uganda are changing. 30% of students who join university for ICT courses have less or no knowledge of technical experience regards to programming. Schools in the city have tremendously benefited from the technology and ICT boom that is sky rocketing leaving rural areas of Uganda untapped and unexposed to the demand of ICT skills and training.

Imagine students dreaming to become computer geeks and programmers but are shadowed by the environment characterized by inadequate resources and human capital to expound this knowledge. The education curriculum exist in a world radically secluded from information, knowledge production and dissemination, and learning as it exists town schools.

ILICIT Africa zooms you to the rural school of Lango College, in Lira district – Northern Uganda. ILICIT Africa in partnership with Hack School Uganda and Arduino will be carrying out the first technology camp in Lira at Lango College.

Students with a passion to interact and build their capacity in ICT and Embedded system development will gain skills in the 3 days camp starting 17th August 2015.

Ever wondered about the technology behind computing chips embedded in devices like computers, smartphones, cars and pacemakers? The new computing experience is tailored to hands on programming experience for all participating students and puts coding at the heart of Information Technology education to prepare students in rural areas to become smart professionals.

We believe that once the young generation knows how to code, they can create virtual worlds within the computer where the only limit on what is possible is their imagination. We at ILICIT Africa wants to put this power into the hands of children in Uganda.

Vision

We focus on the creating and introducing the young generation to the concepts of building new things with digital tools through basic programming building blocks.

Partners

This training program is supported by the ILICIT Africa and Brudan Digital with support from Arduino Inc. who have provided the hardware to be used for the training. Daniel Nanghaka, founder of ILICIT Africa and Daniel Ogwok, lead programmer at Brudan Digital Limited came together to build the Hack School Uganda to extend the knowledge of ICT skills which include basic website development using Html, css and javascript; and Hardware Programming using Arduino.

 

Activities involved.
Students shall have training sessions and discussions for three consecutive days to allow them grasp the programming fundamentals for those who are new to the world of computer programming.

Programming materials like e-books and tutorials shall be provided so that students get familiar with the various algorithms and concepts to be applied during problem solving.

 

 

Objectives of ILICIT-Africa – Lango College and Hack School Uganda Partnership.

  • The major objective of this partnership is to enhance enthusiasm among students for growing technology to think about the world in a new way.
  • To promote creativity, innovativeness and capability for self-directed lifelong learning in students to a strong flavor of constructivist learning, rather than one of teacher-dominated declarative learning.
  • To encourage interest in programming among students interested in problem solving and programming.
  • To promote computational thinking a way how engineers solve problems. It combines mathematics, logic and algorithms, and teaches you a new way to think about the world.
  • To enable students pick up the basic skills that will enable them build useful applications and websites.
  • To enable the young generation to understand and master technology of all sorts and solve problems in almost any discipline.

 

In the future, the amount of technology and our reliance on it will only increase. The students of today need to be able to not only consume this technology, but to understand and control it.

Once the rural areas are provided with gateways to new learning experiences that are not bound by their classroom walls, the boundary lines of their towns, the seemingly unobtainable goal shall be achieved. ILICIT-Africa recommends that the cultivation of such qualities needs to be infused through the entire educational process.

The campaign is still on, we are investing in Uganda’s future. Will you join us?

Please Steal This Blog Post

At ILICIT Africa, we believe that free access to information is a human right. The Internet has dramatically enhanced our ability to exercise this right, but unfortunately most humans cannot access the Internet. Today, over 4.3 billion people cannot connect to the Internet at all and another roughly 1 billion people have their Internet connections censored or monitored. A world where only 20% of humans have truly free access to digital information is unacceptable.

That is why we support the creation of Humanity’s Public Library, an initiative by Outernet. Outernet broadcasts a data signal from satellites that is free to receive anywhere on Earth. While this is not an Internet connection, it is a free stream of critical information. What information is considered “critical?” You decide.

Outernet and Creative Commons are co-hosting the first edit-a-thon for Humanity’s Public Library on July 18-19 2015 to decide what is included in this library. Anyone on Earth is encouraged to participate – details on how to have your voice heard in this process can be found at http://editathon.outernet.is.

We want to encourage our users to submit their own work and to submit content from Outernet that is licensed for redistribution. One such work is this very blog post. Copy these words and post them on your own blog and let’s all gather together and build a #LibraryFromSpace.

This blog post is licensed under CC0 and is free to be distributed and edited without restriction.

Statement on the disaster brought by the EarthQuake in Nepal

On behalf of the EWERDIMA Team, I would like me pass our deepest condolences on the families and friends of the deceased during 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara affecting the Victims in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Mount Everest where the Avalanches were triggered.

According to the Nepalese information minister who told the BBC that 1,500 people had been killed in the disaster, but that the true casualty figure would probably be much higher. The Livelihoods of the citizens is at stake as damage has occurred and interfered with the peaceful country.

Disasters of this magnitude call for a collective response, a demonstration of International solidarity. We therefore join the other organizations, schools, religious groups, government agencies, and concerned individuals sympathy.

This is the point that I regret the slow development of the EWERDIMA Response gadget which could be used to save and identify victims of Disasters and Emergency situations and calamities. We believe this calamity would not have reached this enormity if the right social systems and technological tools were in place which the EWERDIMA team in coordination with different stakeholders has received in-kind support from Arduino with arduino boards, Microsoft with the server space and licences, Outbox Technology Hub the current co-creation working space. The project is managed by ILICIT Africa (Integrating Livelihoods through Communication Information Technology for Africa).

Todays, improvements in technology make it possible to interconnect measuring and monitoring devices at different locations. The cost of building these applications that can run on these smart devices which the EWERDIMA Team is building is really high and requires adequate resources and support from different stakeholders.

With this message, I call upon all stakeholders, organisations and companies who believe we can join hands and build this technological solutions to reduce deaths occurring during disasters and emergency situations to grant us support to build these technologies that can save mass deaths just like the Earthquake that occurred on the 25th April 2015.

With deep sadness we come together to mourn the deaths and victims of the Earthquake in Nepal and other affected areas.

 

Daniel K. Nanghaka

Executive Director- ILICIT Africa / Founder of the EWERDIMA Platform

Email: daniel@ewerdima.com / dndannang@gmail.com

Tel: +256772898298

 

You can download a copy of the message here 
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Innovation for Youth Employment in Africa

With the trending challenges in Africa, it was a great pleasure to organise the Ashoka Changemakers bootcamp that was held at Hive Colab. The event was greatly made possible by Ashoka, Mastercard and Hive Colab cordially provided the venue for the event as ILICIT Africa conducted the on ground mobilization and preparation for the event with support from Vincent from Regional Director of Youth Years Ashoka and ThienVien from the Ashoka Changemakers team.

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The bootcamp brought together 19 Changemakes from different areas around Kampala. To be able to implement change, there is need to identify the problem or challenge. With problem identification, solving, innovation, prototyping and scaling solution created a mind alterations which gave the participants a twist in there thinking abilities.

With the need for Social entrepreneurship, many challenges are encountered in solution development and ideation. This is geared by a team that comes together in solving the problem. The morning session was filled group interaction, where the participants identified different challenges encountered in there communities. This challenges were zeroed to one challenge where participants brain stormed solutions to the challenge. This was a very participatory session which was geared by a problem solving model.

The afternoon session was very inspiring as Abu, of village energy gave his inspiration story to what made him be a change maker, with his experience, challenges and success  of Village Energy.

Participants longed for more time and requested that more sessions and bootcamps be held.  After the bootcamp session there was a meeting with the Ashoka Venture Alumni. Abubaker the founder of Village energy gave an inspiration talk to the alumni which you can watch.

ILICIT Africa gets approval to set up ICT Centre in Bududa

Amidst the growing trends in technology, On January 2015, ILICIT Africa was granted an approval to set up the ICT Hub. Bududa District is located in the eastern part of the Eastern. Region of Uganda. The district comprises one county, seven sub-counties.

After evaluating the impact of the project and the hub will boost and help the people of Bududa area match the global development and help the community understand the importance and relevance of Education, ICT and Technology for Development says Mr. Wakholowa Muhammad the Chairman LCIII.

The ICT Hub will have an ICT training Centre that will train the local indigenous people on basic skills of ICT, an E–Library Centre that will boost literacy and education in the region and a Technology hub that will bring, foster Innovation and business development in the area of Bududa District. In the interviews conducted it was found out that there is no ICT centre and the library there is only one community Llibrary in Bududa town which serves a a population of over 5000.

 

EWERDIMA gets support to build Disaster Prototype

Disasters happen in our day to day lives. The challenge is that there is no adequate mechanism for communicating anticipated disaster information to the potential victims under threat. EWERDIMA Stands for Early Warning Early Response Disaster Management.

 For the development of the EWERDIMA Device, the EWERDIMA team has received an inkind  support from Arduino towards the development of the EWERDIMA Unit prototype. The prototype will be used in the designing of the final device that will be installed in different households.

 

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Daniel, and the Arduino Gadgets recieved

Daniel Nanghaka the founder of the EWERDIMA Platform, “After intensive research, on communication mechanisms, I found out that the problem that causes loss of lives during disasters is that there is a communication gap between respective stakeholders like governments, police, and other stakeholders.” He further emphasised that during disasters, loss of lives occur due to the fact that the victims do not have adequate ways to inform humanitarian organisations and officials about there current state.

 EWERDIMA is a platform that will bridge the information gap between disaster victims and respective stakeholders.  The user will be able to communicate by sending an alert message to the respective stakeholders. This will also act as a channel to disseminate information through dedicate radio channels about an anticipated disaster.

Optimizing Technology in Rural Areas of Uganda

During An Anxio Mina’s working with research associate Daniel Nanghaka, time in Uganda – An spent approximately two and a half weeks total in northern Uganda at Aber Youth Center taking closer looks at different models for engaging youth with technology.

The Training of Trainers (TOT) model is a commonly-applied one in youth centers in Uganda. Basing on a focused group of 20 youth and 5 trainers; and each trainer training 4 youth around a single laptop or computer. This TOT model had a lot of potential for a more ground-up system, co-designed with the youth. In addition to training their peers, youth leaders taking feedback from them and communicating the feedback Lead Trainers. This was based on the fact that the youth felt more confident in their work and enhances active leadership role.

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This method is one of the key methodologies that is going to be implemented by the Training of the youth in other rural areas of Uganda with a development taking place at Ignite Africa in Bududa, the Ignite Hub looks forward to bring youth to discover the strength and potential of ICT. Daniel Nanghaka being a research Associate is looking forward to implementing this method to enhance the capacity of ICT in various rural areas of Africa looking at the successive implementation of the Aber Youth Centre. It was discovered the youth come from as far as Atura and come to Aber town a distance of over 10km looking for computer facilities to be able to interact with the computer – by this there is a need to set up an access point that the youth can come to such that they can be able to use the internet.

Overcoming Language Barriers

“As Daniel spoke the local language of Aber, he was able to facilitate more engaged trainings with the youth. However, I noticed that youth still struggled with the operating system, as they have limited literacy with the English language. Until local language solutions can be developed, it is ideal to have a bilingual trainer. Youth have enough facility with English that they can understand prompts such as “Name”, “Message” and “Subject” (such as for email) with a slight nudge from a local language speaker.

Overall, however, more time is needed to foster computer literacy. In addition to language barriers, basic skills such as typing, navigating UIs and understanding simple processes like closing a window require time and practice. I experimented with a paper model to help youth practice without a computer, but real time at the computer is the best solution.” An Anxio Mina

Ignite Africa looks to extend the ability of the youth to be able to use appropriate ICT technologies and will be trained to use Open Source Software for example Ubuntu Operating System to reduce the cost of licensing and using pirated Software. Furthermore, adopt to the growing strength and use of the Internet, the youth will be trained using Web 2.0 technologies and Social media – this enhances there skills as they will be adopting the quick collaborative and communicating methods.

Hardware and Space

To ensure that there is constant technology, the Ignite Hub will provide a subsidized computer set a clone of the computer hardware in that was donated to Aber by UNICEF and a stable internet connection as a requirement to enhance usage. These will be monitored based on the Training that will be taking place at the Ignite Hub.

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An mentions “… computers remain designed for one person to use, and only three people–the main user and two people standing next to that person–can actually see the screen clearly. The rest were relegated to looking over someone’s shoulder or just listening without being able to see the screen…”

Ignite Africa looks forward strongly at bridging the digital divide and rural accessibility of the Internet. The implementation plan is currently being design and will be shared for those who are willing to be part of the goal to achieve a stable digital divide.

Some parts of this extract were got from Field Notes – Optimizing Technology in Rural Areas of Uganda written by An Axio Mina, and Daniel Nanghaka, founder of Ignite Africa was the Research Associate

Talks with CCDI

Daniel the founder of Ignite Africa started this week on a remarkable note. He had a chat with David Ayesiga the founding partner and Managing Director of Computer Career Development Initiative – CCDI. It was about the support that can be granted to the development of Ignite Africa with a goal of bridging the digital divide and extending the services enjoyed in the urban areas to the rural areas.

David highlighted the need to build the capacity of the rural areas to use digital media as a tool of communication and collaborative techniques. The technologies that were highlighted included the use of Web 2.0 technologies to be empowered to the youth and the persons in the rural areas.

Furthermore, the support that will be granted by CCDI will include training of the youth in the use of the technologies among others. In the road to creating a partnership with Ignite Africa, CCDI will be actively involved in the participatory methodologies to help and enhance rural knowledge and skills in ICT.

In a more dimensional view of CCDI, Mr. David Ayesiga elaborates more on the technologies that will enable the youth to be self reliant which is in line with the sustainability and entrepreneurship skills that will help the youth. There is a challenge of youth embracing entrepreneurship, so they aim for small Jobs and earn less. With the Business training and adoption of ICT the youth will gain from Ignite Africa these skills and techniques remarks Daniel Nanghaka – the founder of Ignite Africa.

More details will be coming up on the progress of Ignite Africa.

Daniel the Founder of ILICIT Africa

Behind every gain in Life there is always a sacrifice. There are many things to learn in the African Context ranging from culture to innovation. To experience the gist of the true experiences of Innovation, you have to go deep to the roots to find the cause of the Innovation. At Ignite Africa we take you down the origins of Africa by exploring, African culture as we bridge the digital divide gap.

These experiences come deep from the natural experience encountered to over come challenges with African Solutions. This justifies the meaning of the name “Ignite Africa”. We are giving light to the world, and building Africa Solutions to solve African Challenges. I urge you to support Ignite Africa as we build African based Solutions.