25 under 25 Awardee - Internet Society

On the 14th of July, 2017, I was selected as a 25 under 25 awardee by the Internet Society to celebrate 25 young people who are under 25 years or 25 around the world who are taking action and using the Internet as a force for good. This was my first time going out of Africa and getting that visa I will say was a miracle. It was also my first time traveling alone but then I made it through though I struggled a bit as there were so many stops to get to Los Angeles. The award ceremony, which was held in California, Los Angeles, USA for four days (16th to 20th of September, 2017) gave me the privilege of meeting those who already have some years of experience with the Internet and meeting other exceptional young people doing amazing work with the Internet. I was able to network and learn a lot with a lot of people and the ceremony. I spoke and shared links of my initiative and success stories in the Gambia and how other people can get involved. With my networking skills, I envision a fut…

Young African Leaders Initiative Cohort 3 - Nigeria

On August 19th 2017, I was selected for YALI ( Young African Leaders Initiative) RLC (Regional Centre), West Africa, a training program launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. I learnt and experienced that when one interacts, share ideas and solve problems together we only realize how strong and powerful we are as a people. In the intensively five weeks training, I saw a beautiful African future. I saw great hopes for Africa and my five weeks stay in Nigeria, Lagos, I interacted with people from nine countries in West Africa. We were placed into groups, where we worked and as a result, because of my team player skills, I was able to organize team members and we emerged first position during the creative night at YALI. Understanding how people work and appreciating efforts towards making communities, countries and the world at large a better place to live in is what keeps me going. My experience in the YALI pro…

Country of the week - The Gambia

Juma Baldeh leads by example, encouraging women throughout The Gambia to pursue careers in the technology industry
Juma studied hard to become a successful product engineer, committing herself to her academic career and valuing the significance of an education . She founded HackathonGirls Club, Banjul, where she mentors and supports young women in her community to overcome stereotypes and eventually achieve desired employment.

Too often Juma witnesses young girls, who are skilled in math and science, lose hope as they prepare for interviews and professional positions. “The Gambia has women in technology fields, but on average there are far fewer females than males,” she notes.

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Mozilla Clubs Web Literacy Leaders training

Do you believe you have control over information that you share on the web?

Feedback from Attendees

This was a hard topic to discuss as most of the attendees were skeptical about this i.e most were somewhere in between because they were not sure of how secured the applications they have been using like WhatSapp, Messenger etc and browsers are. Meanwhile there was this one person who stood out to say she can have control over what information she shares on the web i.e she makes sure she reads the terms and conditions of any application or software before installing or using it. This got people thinking and it was a topic to be discussed on and eventually everyone came to a conclusion that one can have control of the information shared on the web by reading the terms and conditions of every software to be installed as most people don't and also to be careful when sharing informations on-line and also to be aware of how cookies and trackers ca…
Why is Web Literacy important to me?

Web literacy I will say is important to me because everyone needs to know how to interact on the web in an inclusive and engaging way despite the profession you are in.

“Our world changed in April 1993 when the Mosaic 1.0 browser was released to the general public. We need new forms of education. We need to reform our learning institutions, concepts, and modes of assessment for our age. Now, anyone with access to the World Wide Web can go far beyond the passive consumer model to contribute content on the Web. That Do-It-Yourself potential for connected, participatory, improvisational learning requires new skills, what many are calling new literacies.” – Davidson, 2012 

Almost everyone is using the web now and in the next million years to come. If people are shown how to use the web in an inclusive and engaging way, then people will use the web to unlock social and other opportunities for instance a teacher can reach out to her students remotely…
Do you know how to create a website or do you want to learn?

Are you a female already in technology?

A website is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common domain, and published on at least one web server. A web site may be accessible via a public network, such as the internet, by referencing a Uniform resource locator (URL) that identifies the site.

The basic difference between a blog and a website is theoretically the difference in how data is being presented – the format. Apart from that, in practicality there is a fine line between a blog and a website, not much to ponder about however.

Join us this Thursday at the American Corner @ 5pm if the answer to the questions above is a YES

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Wondering what a blog is? It is a regular record of your thoughts, opinions, or experiences that you put on the Internet for other people to read

Do you want to create one instead of a website?

Difference between a website and a blog is that with a blog you can get it up online free.

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HackathonGirls, Banjul