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Empowering Girls with Digital Skills

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Technology can and must be used to further gender equality in Africa.

Empowering girls and women economically, particularly female orphans and those that have experienced anguish, is sure a crucial aspect of any significant push to make them full and equal participants in their communities.

So strengthening the economic role of women is also imperative to reducing poverty and education outcomes, as well as achieving other broad development goals.

ksGEN has decided to take up this feat to train these groups of girls and women in the area of Digital Literacy, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship. Empowering these group of girls and women will not been easy especially when it comes to communities that do not value girl child education but we are not expecting it to be easy, we have dedicated our time and hearts to ensuring these girls and women get to finally understand the value of education and most importantly Digital Literacy.

As we speak, there plans underway to launch workshops and training across East Africa all for the empowerment of Girl-child education. At ksGEN we believe when we earn trust we become family and sisters, empowering the girls will let them know that they can recreate their future. When the community is watching you, everybody wants to become an asset.”

We want other girls and women to know that you can travel to any village to connect with other sisters without waiting for electricity and bring them online which is filled with ample resources and opportunities for them to grow.

African Children should be exposed to coding

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Masha as her name read on the UNHCR website is one of more than 30 children who found refuge in Belarus and are now learning how to code thanks to the IT company EPAM Systems and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Every weekend, they come together with local children in the cities of Minsk and Gomel to create interactive games and art. This eKIDS programme is the company’s social responsibility initiative.
“Computers and programming are our future,” says 26-year-old Yura, Masha’s teacher in Minsk. “Some of these children are living in a different world, it’s really impressive. You can just imagine what they will do in the future.”
We can introduce our kids to coding in Africa at a tender age and even continue to teach them how to be Internet Literate and Smart. This is my dream for the future of African Children.

#InternetLiteracy

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What is Internet Literacy

Internet literacy is one of the higher forms of basic literacy and it is a concept of basic ability to work with Internet services. Thus, the ability to search for information on the website, ability to work with e-mail and use other services and Internet options (internet social networks, forums, instant messaging, etc.) and other options for e-business solutions.

Internet literacy plays a vital role in defining a child’s ability to succeed both in school and throughout their lives. At ksGEN, we focus on applying innovative teaching methods that arm children and teens with the skill-sets they need to succeed throughout their education and as they enter the workplace. For us, this concept is as practical as it is progressive.

Becoming literate in how the technical world works is equivalent to reading, writing and maths. We need to look at this internet literacy as mainstream. We believe schools in the 21st Century should incorporate digital literacy into the whole curriculum, but since they are not, ksGEN is bridging that gap by providing such training through workshops.

At ksGEN we would like you to be part of this journey that will be informative.  The internet is our now,the internet is our future,lets share it!

#tzIGF

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Tanzania Internet Governance Forum (TzIGF) is the first ever meeting of its kind in Tanzania whose overarching aim is to bring together various stakeholder constituencies to dialogue on ICT and Internet policy. This forum is important to Tanzania especially after strict internet rules that are driving bloggers and content creators offline were introduced. 

As stated the primary objective of the meeting is to build capacity and enable the multi stakeholder community participate actively in public policy development processes (PDPs) at both local, regional, and international levels.

All these laws are about controlling the cyberspace. The regulation is not only a self-censorship license; content creators have become the state’s tool to censor their contributors’ civic right to express themselves online,”.

This law effectively pushes most Tanzanians to the margins of cyberspace, where they can neither speak nor create, while the majority of conversation about and in Tanzania risks becoming an echo chamber for the upper class. African creatives, through their work online, have been able to combat the problematic Western idea of Africa as a hopeless continent of war, poverty and disease; in Tanzania, those efforts are now being threatened.

At ksGEN we would like you to be part of this event that will be informative. Come let us dialogue together on issues related to ICT and Internet Policy.

The internet is our now,the internet is our future,lets share it!

Tanzania Internet Governance Forum

To uplift the principles of openness and access of the internet we need to ensure we have an all round harmonized internet ecosystem.Tanzania Internet Governance Forum is the first ever meeting of its kind in Tanzania with an overarching aim  to bring together various stakeholders constituencies to dialogue on ICT and Internet Policy. For the key purpose of addressing ICT and internet policy related issues that can strengthen the internet ecosystem it is with this purpose that Kuza STEAM Generation (KsGEN) through TechChix-Tanzania in collaboration with Centre for Youth Empowerment &Leadership (CYEL) Kenya will be co-hosting the Tanzania Internet Governance Forum which will be preceded by the Tanzania school of internet governance. TzIGF shall be held on the 13 July 2018 in Dar es Salaam, At the National Institute of Transport.The primary objective of this forum is to build capacity and enable the multi stakeholder community participates actively in public policy development processes (PDPs) at both local, regional, and international levels.

Why this is important to us is because we understand that technology is taking over the world and we are now a global village all due to the power of connectivity,the rise in digitalization carries two faces of construction and distraction how can we ensure that even with this fast paced techies we still make the most of it.It is only by upholding a multi-stakeholder approach is when we can ensure that this global resource can cultivate change and foster development. To achieve this a bottom up approach is required from the end user,to the service provider,from the regulator to the policy maker we each have a voice and should seat at the decision making table for the betterment of our society.

At ksGEN we would like you to be part of this event that will be informative. Come let us dialogue together on issues related to ICT and Internet Policy.

The internet is our now,the internet is our future,lets share it!

Tanzania Internet Governance Forum

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Kuza STEAM Generation (KsGEN) through TechChix-Tanzania in collaboration with Centre for Youth Empowerment &Leadership (CYEL) Kenya will be co-cohosting the Tanzania Internet Governance Forum which will be preceded by the Tanzania school of internet governance.Tanzania Internet Governance Forum (TzIGF) is the first ever meeting of its kind in Tanzania whose overarching aim is to bring together various stakeholder constituencies to dialogue on ICT and Internet policy.

This year’s inaugural meeting’s theme is:Strengthening The Internet Ecosystem in Tanzania

TzIGF shall be held on the 13 July 2018 in Dar es Salaam,At the National Institute of Transport.

The primary objective of the meeting is to build capacity and enable the multi stakeholder community participate actively in public policy development processes (PDPs) at both local, regional, and international levels.

Partners:HIVOS, Paradigm Initiative, dot Africa,Article 19,Digital Grassroots,ICANNWiki,KsGEN among others.