Access to Skills and Knowledge related to Internet of Things (#ASKrIoT)

Access to Skills and Knowledge related to Internet of Things (#ASKrIoT)

Access to Skills and Knowledge related to Internet of Things (#ASKrIoT)

#ASKrIoT a mentorship program that focuses on building the capacity of University students in Internet of Things (IoT) research and development of relevant applications that solve problems in their communities.

Through this program the team is building their own version of the #ASKotec called #ASKrIoT

#ASKotec: Access to Skills and Knowledge open tech emergency case

The #ASKotec is a kit that is designed to work as a mobile training set and is equipped with the items needed to teach others how to use Open Tech and Open Source Hardware in order to innovate, educate, and repair items, thereby providing access to vital skills and knowledge. The kit is especially valuable to communities where access to tools and materials is often scarce.

The Open Tech Emergency Case is housed in a rugged, dust-proof case and includes a range of high-quality tools and materials needed to teach hands-on skills in terms of repairs, development, and upcycling. The kit allows for

  • learning about electronics, especially the use of small-scale solar energy.
  • repairing, disassembling, and building mechanical and electronic devices.
  • the development of skills and sharing of knowledge.

Each #ASKotec contains over 50 items, including:

  • electronics, connection hardware, solar elements
  • soldering, cutting, measuring, and specialised mechanical tools
  • arduinos, sensors, LEDs, related modules
  • manuals and user-developed how-to guides
  • a compact Linux computer with open source software

 The #ASKotec kit is part of the #ASKnet program. It was created through a series of hub-development workshops as a resource kit for community trainers who work in areas where there is neither reliable power nor internet connectivity, such as in many refugee camps, low-infrastructure regions, or rural areas.

For more information about the #ASKotec, go to: https://askotec.openculture.agency

 

 

Repair Cafes

Repair Cafes

Repair cafes

Objectives

  • To build the capacity of teachers on hands on- practices by repairing their devices.
  • To support teachers by repairing their devices to keep preparing learning materials for students and when schools resume to give students a platform to practice and learn ICT skills.
  • To promote open documentation and create an open culture within schools and their surrounding communities.
  • To give a platform for university students / graduates who will be part of these activities to practice their skills.
  • To promote open collaborations among hubs such as Platform Africa and Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) in Uganda and Ataka Hub and Junub Open Space in South Sudan.

Description:

 The outbreak of the COVID-19, with a lot of restrictions, affected schools; schools plan for other alternative ways to deliver lessons to keep students learning at home. 

However, many schools and teachers face challenges with their devices like computers, phones and speakers having broken down, not being functional and the cost of fixing these devices are expensive thus, many can’t afford.

Electronic waste is a major problem because most of it is toxic. Simply throwing electronics away contributes to serious economic problems, both by producing that waste and because it wastes the resources that went into producing the device in the first place. That means that it increases the demand for mines, which pollute the environment, and more energy gets wasted in the manufacturing process. Repairs consume far fewer resources, which makes them much better for the environment.

The repair café activities in Juba by GoGirls ICT Initiative is to support schools that are beneficiaries of its activities and their surrounding communities with their electronic devices being fixed to promote a repair culture in Schools as means to inspire more girls in secondary schools to do STEM courses when they join University.

Gender Narratives Through the Lens #GNTL

Gender Narratives Through the Lens #GNTL

Gender Narratives Through the Lens #GNTL

#GNTL a pilot project, is a virtual mentorship hub in the areas of audio content production, film making and entrepreneurial skills.

The target beneficiaries are women and girls from secondary schools, graduates and school dropouts to use these skills to improve their livelihood through digital storytelling.

The overall goal of this project is to build the capacity of South Sudanese women and girls in the digital creative industry.

Gosanitize

Gosanitize

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#GoSanitize

The Gosanitize project  is a social enterprise brand poised to reach great heights in the production of hand sanitizers of high quality and affordable prices by the community within South Sudan.

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Gosanitize Project

Gosanitize project  is a social enterprise brand poised to reach great heights in the production of hand sanitizers of high quality and affordable prices by the community within South Sudan.

These hand sanitizers are made from locally available resources such as lemon epicarps, Aloe Vera and locally brewed alcohol in South Sudan. 

The main goal of Gosanitize is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive sustainable industrialization and foster innovation in South Sudan to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Nine (SDG 9).

This project brings together chemistry experts from secondary schools and local female brewers to exchange knowledge and ideas on the production of high quality and affordable hand sanitizers. 

 

This project has also featured on UNDP‘s site. More in the link below.

https://www.ss.undp.org/content/south_sudan/en/home/presscenter/articles/2020/UNDP_AccLab_launches_experiment_to_locally_produce_sanitizers.html

https://undpsouthsudan.exposure.co/gosanitize-a-made-in-south-sudan-initiative

#ASKnet – Access to Skills and Knowledge Network

#ASKnet – Access to Skills and Knowledge Network

Access to Skills and Knowledge network #ASKnet Program

The #ASKnet program provides access to skills and knowledge to empower South Sudanese communities to address challenges within their communities through Open Source innovations to promote and encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with an integration of Arts (STEAM) Education.

This program seeks to address the root problems of gender inequality in South Sudan that doesn’t encourage girls and women to learn STEM using Art through a peer to peer approach focused on the sharing of skills and knowledge leveraging on Open source and STEAM methodologies through research.

In partnership with _r0g/agency for open culture and Critical transformation, this program started in 2019 and through this funding, the capacity of the GoGirls team has been enhanced and we have been working on a pilot called “Open Science Framework for Classroom experimentation” to promote STEM education in schools together with primary and secondary school teachers within Juba. 

The Open Science Framework for Classroom experimentation was developed during the Teachers in Science Hackathon hosted by GoGirls ICT Initiative and some of the questions raised were;

  • How can feedback channels between curriculum developers, policymakers, teachers and learners be improved? 
  • How do we break the stereotypes of girls not taking sciences?

Three key discussion points took centre stage such as;

  • What Innovative #OpenScience approaches can be used to conduct Science experiments in Primary and Secondary Schools?
  • How can Science Educators, Schools and Institutes of Higher learning collaborate to bridge the gap between theory and experiments related to science?
  • How can science teachers improvise with locally available materials /resources to overcome the challenge of limited or no available materials for conducting experiments?

And the outcome of this framework are the following innovations by the GoGirls team,university students and Science Educators.

  1. Gosanitize
  2. Classroom On Phone 
  3. Access to Skills and Knowledge related to Internet of Things (#ASKrIoT)
  4. Repair Cafes

GoGirls ICT Sponsorship Initiative

GoGirls ICT Sponsorship Initiative

GoGirls ICT Sponsorship Initiative

Through our Time to Shine ICT #TTOSICT project, GoGirls ICT Initiative came up with a sponsorship scheme for the best performing mentees since 2017. This was deliberated upon after discovering that many school dropouts were as a result of lack of tuition to keep students in school as a result of many factors including poverty. And also many girls raised the issue of high fees for science courses and through this scheme, we believe we can be able to help make their dreams come true.

Selection Criteria

In order to qualify for this scheme:

  • A student should have participated in the #TTOSICT mentorship program running in their school.
  • A student should remain in her/his particular school unless joining another level.
  • The student should have completed their mini-projects and presented it to a panel of judges to be evaluated during the #TTOSICT competitions.
  • The student’s school should have emerged among the winners with the best ideas implemented or their group is the best in their school with the best ideas during the #TTOSICT competitions.
  • Some special exceptions are, student must be vulnerable and can not afford paying school fees. For this criteria the student does not necessarily emerge winner during the #TTOSICT competition but rather should be a participant
  • For Participants joining higher institutions of learning, he/she must be joining a public institution with South Sudan.

Monitoring Framework

  • We follow up with the schools on how the students were performing.
  • Schools provided a copy of termly performance report of the student(s) for those in primary and secondary while for higher institutions, results will be provided twice per year for each semester.
  • During the course of the term, one visit to each of the schools and a conservation with their teacher.
  • One on one conservations with each participant every end of the term and psychosocial support.
  • And in cases of poor performance by the student, in that very school with the help of the focal teacher, we have also set up a counselling session for such students to find out what could be the problem.

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