Guiding African Communities to Empower Themselves and their Families

My Quest To Teach

Guiding African Communities to Empower Themselves and their Families
William Jackson, M.Ed.

African Continent
African Continent

The growth of technology is empowering African people and
African communities. African are growing into agents of change,
changing their local communities, changing being made in their
nations and changes being made on the continent.
The educational systems of Africa will be key to local, community,
national and continental influences. Sharing strategies for African
educational institutions to align their curriculum’s so administrators,
teachers and support staff are the mentors and influencers their
students need.
The first teachers are parents, but parenting only goes so far,
the next piece to this puzzle are educators of all levels. The value of
mentoring, building mentors and developing a mind-set that learning
is valuable. Empowerment is important and vital to effect change.

Africa Digital
Africa Digital


Here are suggestions that can potentially change lives.
1. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
themselves and where they have come from. The value and
empowerment of being a life-long learners.
2. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember their
cultural greatness and cultural successes. If African students fail
to remember their past greatness they will not have a vision for
their futures.
3. African youth, teens and young adults need to understand the
value of the women of Africa. The mothers, grandmothers, aunts
and other mothers that have sacrificed for their children to
grow beyond their families to live better lives.
4. African youth, teens and young adults need to be careful of
those still caught in a colonial frame of mind and refuse to have
a vision for the future. Lack of vision creates a lack of growth.
5. African youth, teens and young adults need education, to see
the value of  a struggle and overcome that struggle.
6. African youth, teens and young adults need families to be
willing to learn together and grow together.
7. African youth, teens and young adults need African writers
and intellectuals to use their skills to the villages to teach the
villages around them. Never forget, nor give up on those
still struggling to grow.
8. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
the writers and intellectuals that created pathways for
learning. Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soleyenka,
Chimamunda Adiche and those of the past.
9. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
that in order to connect with the community you must learn
the language of the community and understand the history
of the community.
10. African youth, teens and young adults need to use their
influence to provide a voice to the voice-less. Creating
change in the community on a positive level.
11. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
that colonization enforces a language of domination. This
must be overcome in order to move on and grow
independently.
12. African youth, teens and young adults need to use past,
present and potentially future knowledge to help break
the mental slavery that may still be present.
13. African youth, teens and young adults need to
understand the psychological processes of communication
and how to apply media to vocalize the needs of the people.
14. African youth, teens and young adults need to understand
that language is the way to memory. If people forget to use
language to share their history, they will lose their history.
15. African youth, teens and young adults need to understand
Social Media allows those who manage technology to control
the language. Once you control the language of a people you
also control the memory of a people.
16. African youth, teens and young adults need perceptions
that are very important and can guide thinking, speakers.
Like Panache Chigumadzi have a voice to help Africans to grow.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hemD116ipcg
17. African youth, teens and young adults need to work to
unleash African youth potential for positive and transformative
change. Speakers like Taleni Shimhopileni have a voice to
share with her generation and others.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sBp0gXN7490

William Jackson, Blogger
William Jackson, Blogger

WordCamp Embraces Cultural and Generational Diversity

WPJaxKids Meetup Participants

WordCamp Embraces Cultural and Generational Diversity
William Jackson. M.Ed.

KidsCamp and Youth Camp in Africa
KidsCamp and Youth Camp in Africa

Speaking to graphic artists, coders, developers, programmers
and business owners about being “Dope” on social media
platforms is exciting and a visionary innovation. My first
WC speaking was at WordCampILM in Wilmington, N.C.
The hope that I have is to inspire people and companies
to contribute to the growth and development of youth,
teens and young adults as mentors, volunteers and
sponsors in and out of the WordPress and Open Source
community.
My 32 years as a PE Teacher, STEAM Teacher and advocate
for equality and equitability motivate me to share my
WordCamp and KidsCamp experiences nationally and even
internationally.

Future of Costa Rica
Future of Costa Rica
Youth sharing his blog on WordPress
Youth sharing his blog on WordPress
Aida Correa teaching at KidsCamp in Costa Rica
Aida Correa teaching at KidsCamp in Costa Rica

WordCamp  conferences seek out experts in diverse fields
of technology that implement WordPress. The web platform
that is increasingly being used for web design, Podcasts,
Blogging, and other online applications that content creators
are using.
Since my first WordCamp attending, being WordCamp Orlando
I have advocated for HBCU institutions to send their students.
I have even taken several students with me and students
from the local school system here in Jacksonville.

Cultural, gender and even generational diversity has been
growing in the tech industry and it shows when bloggers,
teachers, and community activist and artists are invited
to speak about not only their use of Social Media platforms
and tools, but how to inspire others to become content
creators.

Men and women of color need to see others that represent
them in tech, to show that there are viable careers and
mentors available to help guide youth, teens and
young adults.

Business men and women of color only represent
less than 5% of tech businesses in the United States.
More does need to be done, but education is key and
next is mentorship and involvement.

Understanding the importance of research skills and
applying the appropriate  information to build
understanding is important.  Helping youth, teens and
young adults like Elisha Taylor III a junior in high school
and even middle school students like Elijah a 6th grader
to build their PLC and PLN communities.

They are preparing for careers success now.
Businesses are always using data, statistics and
analyzing now to use information to make money
and increase profits. Technology is still an evolving
entity that fluctuates when new technology comes
into play and old technology dies away. As markets
are increased people of color and culture must get
engaged and involved in tech fields growing
by digital leaps and bounds.

The networking potential at WordCamps are
phenomenal and the sharing of knowledge,
resources and personnel helps to build families
of Nerds and Geeks seeking to build or design
new applications or web tools or Apps.
The opportunities are there to be influencers!!

New terms of I and E – trepreneurs are being
developed to show the level of interactivity and
engagement as new players, visionaries and even
businesses come to play and be seen. Several
things learned are, the curse of  technology
knowledge and mastery is that, “whenever you
can’t remember when you did not know
something shows that tech is changing and
adapting to the needs of society and the future
integration that creates dynamic digital influences.”

Because of the embracing to diversity in color,
culture, gender and generation the community
begins to grow and expand.  WordCamp conferences
are looking like the communities they are influencing
and there are growing Kids and Youth Camps
nationally and internationally.

Photos of KidsCamp participants
Photos of KidsCamp participants

To see more check out WordPressTV and listen
to videos of past WordCamp presentations.
https://wordpress.tv

Follow William and Aida on #ThatWordCampLife
https://thatwordcamplife

KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
William Aida Ericka
William Aida Ericka
Aida Correa - Organizer
Aida Correa – Organizer
WordCamp YYC 2019
WordCamp YYC 2019
WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando
WordCamp Orlando 2018
WordCamp Orlando 2018

Central American and African Children Need to Attend STEAM and Tech Conferences

William Aida Ericka

Central American and African Children  Need to Attend STEAM and Tech Conferences
William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest to Teach

Students working on projects
Students working on STEAM projects

Computers and technology are  forever changing the thinking
of youth,  teens and young adults especially children of Central
America and Africa. There is no denying the influence of digital
platforms, tools and Apps that are accessible on the Internet.
We are living in a revolution of digital engineering, exploration
and innovation. Technology is allowing children to become
digital influencers at an early age and growing into agents of
social, cultural, economic and intellectual change.
Generations of youth, teens and young adults are the digital
natives, digital innovators, digital pioneer.

Digital Natives on the average ages 12 to 32 spend hours creating
content that is transformative and influential. They are engaged
and involved. Digital natives will never know a time when they
were not and are not connected to the Internets’ vast resources
of information.

Children and youth need to learn the value of a digital global
perspective of the world, because their content is being shared
nationally and internationally, they must learn to function in digital
worlds and outside of them.

Future of Costa Rica
Future of Costa Rica

Children are not the future consumers, they are the NOW
consumers and the influencers. They are also producers
that create change so the title “Agents of Change” are serious
directions that can yield great power and great influence.

Youth, teens and young adults are discussing social issues nationally
to gain attention and awareness to what they think is important
because of the empowerment of the Internet they are being  heard
from Central America to the African continent.

Parents must be able to teach, model and investigate the accuracy
and truth of content their children consume and post. Their voices
should not be an ECHO, but should be original and authentic. Kids and
youth being the digital citizens and innovators of today are surpassing
their parents in knowledge  about issues that need problem solvers
now, not waiting decades to address issues and problems that are
creating global changes.

Digital Learning in Costa Rica
Digital Learning in Costa Rica

Conferences like WordCamp and KidsCamp build a foundation of
awareness and inspire learning. The fastest growing nations for
kid and youth conferences are  on the continents of Africa and
Central America. WordCamp and KidsCamp are overflowing
with attendees and their parents.

Conferences in Central America are increasing with WordCamp Nicaragua,
Panama, Costa Rica  and soon Guatemala Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
WordCamp conferences are available each year for adults, and as the interest
grows youth, teens and young adults will see kids and youth conferences
suited for their needs,  to help them build digital access for collaboration
and to create their own businesses.

Uganda Bloggers
Uganda Bloggers

Africa has similar events, WordCamp Harare, Lagos, Entebbe and
Port Harcourt, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt; there will be others as
interest grows.  The continent needs these conferences  and others
to inspire youth and teens to be  the influencers needed to build their
nations by thought leadership, intellectual design, digital innovation
and creative  selections because youth, teens and young adults
will be competing globally while collaborating nationally.

Education at all levels will have to embrace STEAM initiatives to teach, mentor,
guide and empower children to lead their nations into the 22nd century and
beyond. If Central American and African nations do not continue to prepare
generations to be the digital leaders they need. They will truly be cast into
the realms of nations passed over and continued to be in third world or
lower status. They will not have the ability to take their nations into global
financial strength because their children and each generation will not be
prepared to lead.

KidsCamp and Youth Camp in Africa
KidsCamp and Youth Camp in Africa

Parents are taking advantage of conference opportunities to encourage
their children to attend events and networking opportunities. Exposure
to critical and higher order thinking learning that is needed. Youth and
teens future career choices are influenced to help develop the tech
visionaries that each nation in Central America and on the African
continent will need to grow their economies in new and diverse directions.

The explosion of STEAM and Web Development is becoming the new norm
for learning. If Central American and African nations want their children to
be future influencers, decision makers, venture capitalists, investors,
mentors  they must provide for the conferences  to bless their children.
To inspire and educate continued generations with knowledge and wisdom.
To see upcoming conferences for potential attendance and sponsorship’s see
WordCamp Central – https://central.wordcamp.org/

Central America
Central America and WordCamp Conferences

Global Conferences:
Central America
WordCamp Costa Rica – Speaker and Teacher for KidsCamp
https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Nicuquagua
https://2019.managua.wordcamp.org/  
WordCamp Panama
https://2019.panamacity.wordcamp.org/

 

African Bloggers In Action
African Bloggers In Action 2019

Africa – Sponsor and Advocate
WordCamp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamcp.org/
WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Mombasa, Kenya
December 7th 2019 – December 8th 2019
https://2019.mombasa.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Harare
https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Nairobi, Kenya
https://2019.nairobi.wordcamp.org/

 

Part 3 Weaponizing Information To Control Hearts and Minds

My Quest To Teach

Part 3 Weaponizing Information To Control Hearts and Minds
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Weaponizing your voice
Weaponizing your voice

Digital content is adaptable and inclusive to text, video and
audio content. The value of the content is its ability to empower
and inspire others. To open the mind to the potential to reach
and teach broader audiences and encourage collaborations
and allowing journalistic tools to be applied.

As a past higher education instructor I would have my students
think on a global scale and have a global perspective of the
world. They have knowledge that should be shared to build
connections and collaborations. Not to encourage separation
and ignorance. Unfortunately, the idea that people of color
should not and could not think on such a scale is at times
etched in the minds of children of color, this prevents them
from dreaming beyond their current positions in life especially
if the are in poverty of finances, educational access,
intellectual stimulation and cultural growth.

In the era of digital access to unparalleled informational platforms,
services, resources. news, and unprecedented cultural connections
there should not be a waste of time on mindless entertainment
or just visually appealing eye candy of pornography and
death of cultures and generations. Information that is weaponized
blinds people to embracing cultures, genders and generations.

Use of the transformative resources of digital tools can open new
doors for engagement across generational lines, gender, life-styles
and social-economic backgrounds.
In the 21st century youth, teens and young adults can grow their
digital and social skill-sets. Digital journalism allows anyone to be
a journalist and connect their passions with others that share the
same interests of positive growth and unity.

In recent years political leaders have vilified journalist and even
encouraged the killing of them. The rights to free speech, free
expression, free thinking, have been turned around to mean that
a free mind is dangerous, rebellious and devious. Weaponizing
information is a process to keep the same content in the eyes,
ears and voices to keep people from learning and applying
new learning that allows for growth, understanding and acceptance.

America is dangerously embracing a mind-set that it fought against in
World War 1 and World War 2, but now accepts similar destructive
ideologies directed to gender, color, culture, educational and economic
status. Since when it it ok to speak to women disrespectfully and
in a demeaning manner. Since when do men turn a blind eye to
slandering a women’s reputation knowing that same individual can
turn on their daughters, granddaughters or nieces. It is interesting
that men can sell their souls to keep political power at the sacrifice
of literally killing children and imprisoning them, while at the same
time denying them basic human rights. Allowing women no matter
their culture or color to be de-humanized by not providing proper
medical care, human rights and humanitarian efforts of being
clean, feed, cared for and protected no matter what nationality
they are.

The power of digital media through technologies can change the very
fabric of building relationships that can be cultivated by strategically
placing content on digital platforms.

Malcolm X statement in the early 1960’s can be applied even
today in our growing and maturing digital world. “If your not careful,
the media will have you loving those that hate you and hating those
that love you.”

Part 2 Weaponizing Information To Control Hearts and Minds

My Quest To Teach

Part 2 Weaponizing Information To Control Hearts and Minds
William Jackson, M.Ed

AK 47 Weaponizing Words
AK 47 Weaponizing Words

Programs on Netflix, NPR, CNN and other sources of information
are showing how information is being created to influence
peoples political, religious and social consciousness. Words are
manipulated to create an emotional attachment so when heard
it is instantly designed either to change the channel, mentally
disconnect and even create anger and hatred.

Conservatism, Progressiveness, Generational, Nationalism,
Multi-cultural, Native, Hispanic, African American,
Bible-belt, Republican, Independent, Democrat and others
already create impressions that influence emotions and
subliminal messages of acceptance, rejections, respect,
comfort, hate, rebellion, and inspire execution of those
feelings to take action in aggressive manners.

The United States has its own form of radicalism in place
that may be hidden behind a smiling face, the symbols that
are in place and who people are secretively associated with.
The use of words expresses ideologies, sympathies and
connections.

The levels of engagement and relevancy of information is
vital because the public needs to understand how to apply
their understanding of applied and manipulated information
and what they will get out of it. Youth, teens and young adults
are learning now even if they are not aware of it how they
should react to people, situations, circumstances,and images
based on where the content is coming from.

Recent shootings are showing the power of digital media,
there is power in the human voice. The human voice contains
the powers of life and death – literally. When parents are told to
be careful what they name their children, when families of status
and stature look at the names of their children’s potential mates
and the influence on social status, economic power, political
influence, educational acceptance into elite educational institutions
can be influenced by names. Propaganda can be applied in
the naming of people, groups, families and organizations.

Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr use images, photos and video
to capture the mind, to create emotional attachments and project
potential futures of occurrence and happenstance. This is not new
it has been applied in ads for beverages and food, used to set an
image for automobiles, applied to social gatherings and where people
of socia-economic status should live, breed and grow old. The movie
The Great Hack https://www.thegreathack.com/
should be required watching by higher education students that
are majoring in Political Science, Social Media Management and
similar curriculum’s.

The catalyst for many deceptions, mis-directions, influences,
subterfuge and perceptions of others as historically seen is POWER,
INFLUENCE, MONEY and LIFE STYLE SECURITY.

The power in politics, the influence of religion, the engagement of
education and the depth of economic influence to have people
vote in a direction that they “think” is best for them and their
families, but in reality it may take them some place where there
is no escape and their souls have been sold by their votes.

The old story of the Kings New Clothes is being played out in the
political kingdoms globally, like lambs to the slaughter people are
not questioning the overall picture of where are we going in 5,
10, 15 and 20 years. What type of communities will we be in,
will they be culturally diverse or will it be separate, unequal,
divisive, exclusionary and hierarchical?

History will not be able to tell the truth because those in political
power write the history books. Look at Columbus what did he really
discover before he landed on lands that were not lost, but already
inhabited, cultivated, and pioneered. History has many believing this
land was lost, savage and a threat to someone else’s national
security. History is repeating itself in similar ways because we
have not learn from its’ past.

Weaponizing words has a distant echo from Hitler to Castro,
from Stalin the Trump, and other political dictators. In these United
States of America there are echos of human rights violations
against women, children, families of color and cultures.
Segregationist and nationalist language, evasive and diversity
overtones to keep cultural and racial groups separate and blaming
each other as they are pawns in a political process of
lies and deceptions.

The History of Weaponizing Language
By Justin Strawhand 2012
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/weaponized-language_b_1380788