This activity was held on Saturday 30th of June in Namagunga an all girls school as we launched Genopen in the Ugandan community. We started the event at 2 pm and we were helped by the teaching staff of the school and in more particular the teacher in charge of the computer club/class. We started off with the thimble tool and students designed web pages in relation to the them that we had given them that is music and culture. The best student in that tool was Kimberly who showed great knowledge in regards to innovation and creativity.
Though some students showed that they still needed guidance, many were very interested in doing some of the things themselves and this was something that showed us how independent some kids can be.
We had a break to allow the students to first freshen themselves and we provided them with drinks and some biscuits that helped them re-group. After the break we embarked on teaching them how to use popcorn and this is where many of them just started to create things out of their own imagination.
Much as our experience with the girls was great, we were then limited by the internet connection. This is because the school’s internet was slow and we had also come with our own which happened to run out.
All in all, the results and ideas that the students possessed were immense and this gave us an encouraging the kids actually have lots of potential and can think out of the box for example one student came up with an idea of online museums for their fine art and fashions.
Many thanks go out the Uganda community that made this a reality and in particular San James, Lawrence Kissuki, Ocaya Kelvin, Louisa Nagujja, Dennis Kisaalu, Martin Kasirye
Lawk is a mozillian, director at Innovware and consults part time for Every1Mobile.
He loves open source, the open web, writing, reading and developing literacy tools that can teach the youth around the world especially in East Africa.