The Threat of COVID19 What Face Are African Youth Putting on Social Media
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Sponsor of African WordCamp, KidsCamp and EdCamp Conferences
Listening to the recent Webinars directed at women
leadership on the African continent by women is vital
to providing girls and women opportunities for safety,
access to medical care, equitable educational access,
integration of STEM, STEAM, STREAM to build the
continent of Africa to be a leadership role model
for the world. The United States administration is
many cases should be modeling what is going on in Africa.
Using the hashtag #VirtualConferenceAfrica listening to
young ladies like Natasha Wang Mwansa of Lusaka, Zambia
https://twitter.com/TashaWangMwansa and her inspiring
knowledge and seeing her energy is phenomenal.
Thanks to https://Africa.com/ and the leadership of
Teresa H. Clarke, Chair and CEO of Africa.com
This session “Women are Providing to Be Great Leaders
During COVID-19. Is the Pathway to Power?
The global pandemic has affected billions of people around
the planet. The majority of news agencies have been reporting
strategies similar to war-time to slow the progression of
this deadly disease.
Africa has not been spared from this murderous event, and
families, communities, cities and nations are self-isolating
themselves in historic numbers. The development of digital
technologies designed to allow for communication and
connections are inspiring African youth in creating content
that shares their feelings, ideas, creativity and innovation.
The increase in young African bloggers are building digital
influencers that are sharing necessary skills of using tech to
build new monetary streams of income to support their
families. Digital platforms are allowing youth to communicate
on platforms that offer chances to change behaviors, influence
thinking and bring information to mobile devices that can
potentially save lives.
The world is a global market place for intellectual sharing,
African youth are learning that careers and growth are coming
from intellectual content development not through traditional
lifestyles of agriculture and farming.
So much is based on intellectual design that even the US
government is monitoring content from Africa. Not allowing
Africans to travel to the US because of perceived security
issues that are false is making America look foolish.
African young people are building business relationships
that challenge the thinking, creativity and innovative
designs to build beyond what is seen to what can be
dreamed. As a parent and experiences as a Social Media
advocate, blogger and speaker I encourage youth to follow
their dreams and explore new opportunities to network,
collaborate, share and build.
Not to be afraid to learn and then apply that learning
in business and entrepreneurism. Not to be scared to
fail because failure builds courage, experience and drives
the desire to succeed.
The recent online webinars, “Leadership In Times of Crisis,
Crafting Strategy in the Face of Uncertainty” and “This Isn’t
the West – How Africa’s Informal Sector Reacts to COVID-19.”
Showing African youth and adults that success is there, they
have to work smarter for it.
African parents are the first role models, the first educators,
the first mentors and teachers for their children. So parents
need to remember if they are not teaching their children they
are putting them behind others that are teaching their children
to value of education, creativity and innovation.
African parents must consider “What Face Are African Youth
Putting on Social Media” and the consequences that will follow
both good and bad. Parents should be proactive as much as
possible and set realistic expectations for behaviors online,
have honest discussions with their children about the potential
The Internet is a representation of life, there is good, bad, evil
and places where youth, teens and young adults should not go.
There are places of encouragement, collaboration, cooperation,
safety, building foundations for Professional Learning Networks
(PLN) and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) that provide
African youth a foundation with mentors and role models that
can be found on the recent webinars.
The future greatness of Africa has always been reliant on it’s
youth, teens and young adults to learn, grow and be engaged
in all processes to build Africa. To dream the dreams of
innovation, discovery, research, building communities of
prosperity and providing new streams of business, ecommerce,
building of progressive growth and Africa preparing for the future.
COVID19 may just be the push Africa needs for it to see greatness
in the future and global influences in multiple influences
around the world.
Natasha Wang Mwansa of Lusaka, Zambia has made reference
for African youth, teens and young adults to take advantage
of these times for growth to be the future leaders Africa
will need in the future. Education is the key and governments
must be willing to allow African youth to contribute and do
the necessary works to make societal improvements.
To follow the discussion: https://VirtualConferenceAfrica.com/