African Youth, Teens What They Need to Know about AI to Prepare for Future Careers

African Youth, Teens What They Need to Know
about AI to Prepare for Future Careers
William Jackson, MAT, CEO MetaverseWP &
My Quest To Teach. Metaverse Education Program
Director and Education Technology Program
Director for One Africa Forum

Part 1
As the world continues to evolve at a remarkable
pace with AI, the future of work is becoming increasingly
blended with technological changes and ecosystems.
African youth and teens are understanding and mastering
digital tools like ChatGPT and PI.ai is not just an option but
a necessity to compete in global job markets and as business
owners and entrepreneurs. These tools offer a wealth of
digital innovation and imagination, from enhancing learning
to opening doors to new career paths. The African Union
recognizes this potential, emphasizing that “the (African)
continent’s future lies in the hands of its digitally savvy youth.”

The importance of digital literacy goes beyond basic computer
skills (which are still lacking in many African communities).
It encompasses the ability to understand, apply, and interact
with digital tools and platforms effectively to have outcomes
that are empowering to the African continent.
For African youth and teens, acquiring these skills is crucial.
The African Union has highlighted that “investing in digital
skills for youth is pivotal for Africa’s growth and competitiveness.”
By embracing tools like ChatGPT and PI.ai, young Africans
can position themselves at the forefront of technological
innovation. Instead of African companies looking at foreign
investments and foreign workers, there are a growing
number of African youth, teens and young adults that
should be hired not foreigners.

Re-investments into communities is key to recycle African
monies in support of education, economics and commerce.
Where foreign companies neither care nor have any
intentions of empowering African youth, teens and young
adults. Small companies like MetaverseWP
(https://metaversewp.com/destination) have partnered
with Real Dads Network (https://www.realdadsnetwork.org/)
to provide remote trainings of tech skills.

Since 2017 MetaverseWP and My Quest To Teach have
sponsored youth, teens, young adults and even educators
across Africa to attend technology conferences. These
sponsorships have helped over 600 to gain valuable skills.

Understanding ChatGPT and PI.ai, developed by companies
to empower the use of AI, is a language model capable of
generating human-like text and voice engagements based
on given prompts. It can assist with tasks such as writing,
research, and even customer service.

Students in Nigeria, those attending Clever Minds Academy https://tinyurl.com/33a5m5e8 , ChatGPT can be a valuable
resource for generating ideas, drafting essays, and improving
language skills and participating in hands-on, project
learning models.

These models are taught by William and Aida Jackson in
lessons to the elementary students and with students
with Edpassare https://edpassare.com/ based in Nigeria.
PI.ai, or Personal Intelligence AI, refers to a new generation
of AI tools designed to assist individuals in personalizing
their digital interactions. These tools can learn from user
behavior to provide customized recommendations and
support. For African youth and teens, PI.ai can enhance
learning experiences by adapting to individual needs
and preferences,

making education more engaging and effective. African
youth and teens are experiencing increased learning
chances as never before to prepare them for their future.
Practical learning applications for African youth and
teens are educational enhancements to level the playing
fields for increased interaction and empowerment.

AI can serve as a virtual tutor, providing explanations,
answering questions, and offering feedback on
assignments in English and multiple African languages.
PI can create personalized learning plans, ensuring
that each student receives the support they need to
succeed and also speak in a language not
English to empower students.

Using African languages that have the ability to educate,
inspire and empower African youth and teens, quotes
from writer Ngugi, wa Thiong’o “African languages are
not just means of communication; they are also
repositories of a people’s history and culture.”

The African Union has been vocal about the significance
of digital skills for the continent’s future. In a statement,
emphasized that “Africa’s youth are its greatest asset
and equipping them with digital skills will unlock
unprecedented opportunities for growth and
development.” They further highlighted that “the
integration of AI in education and business will
empower young Africans to lead in the digital economy.”

As Africa grows in its influence and imagination of how
AI can provide needed educational changes in the
ecosystems, African youth and teens will be prepared
to compete and even
collaborate with youth and teens internationally.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, a renowned Kenyan writer, academic,
and historian has emphasized the significance of African
languages in preserving the continent’s history and
culture. What does this have to do with AI. AI has the
ability to preserve African history, African languages
and African culture. There are still those that will seek
to destroy all that is African. Technology can help
preserve African history and culture for the future
so Africans will not, nor cannot forget the attempts
of colonization and the almost destruction of culture,
language, relationships, and heritage.

Ngugi, “Language carries culture, and culture carries,
particularly through orature and literature, the entire
body of values by which we come to perceive
ourselves and our place in the world.” Applying AI
allows African voices, intellect, teaching, storytelling,
culture to be preserved.

The history of the world arguably started in Africa,
the preservation has tremendous importance
and value. Tech can help it travel through time
and digital space and AI can carry it to the near
and distance future for generations.

Applying AI Learning and Engagement with Students from Central America

Applying AI Learning and Engagement with Students from Central America
William Jackson, MAT & CEO MetaverseWP and
My Quest To Teach Metaverse Education Program
Director for World Metaverse Council, Technology
Education Program Director for One Africa Forum
and Technology Consultant and Board Member
for Tristans Accelerated Learning Academy

Sharing concepts and ideas how teachers in
Central, South America and Mexico can apply AI
and Metaverse Education to impact student growth
and achievement.
Teaching at the recent WordPress Youth and Teen
workshop in Managua, Nicaragua, Central America
provided a powerful image with a message that youth
and teens are excited in learning how to use digital
tools, AI, VR, Metaverse to increase their digital skills.

Immersive and Gen AI tools are allowing youth and
teens to explore learning opportunities outside of their
communities. These engagements help to overcome
the “Digital Divide” that even happens in nations in
Central and South America.
Mexico, a neighbor of the United States there are
challenges to accessing digital tools, apps, and
platforms that have the potential for expanded growth
and development outside of the normal educational
channels.
One of the influences of economic stability, and growth
is having direct access to technology that encourages
growth, wellbeing, entrepreneurialism and business
development and ownership.
The Internet and the Metaverse allow for increased
exposure and access to content that can build learning
leaders, innovation in design and modeling, access to
cultural history and make connections that build
collaborations.

Teaching in Managua was a blessing to me and my wife
because we could see the hunger for knowledge, and
access. Teaching the youth from ages 6yrs to 10 and
teaching the teens from 10yrs to 18 was a great experience.
The opportunity to teach key subjects like AI (Artificial
Intelligence), VR (Virtual Reality), Metaverse, Avatars and
key elements to inspire learning.
There is a difference internationally in how there are
priorities in learning and applying. Youth and teens across
the United States are in many cases spoiled and privileged
be they have direct access to Smartphones, video games,
laptops at schools, but they do not receive in most cases
formal training in the application of tech and the seriousness
of how tech can be used to start a business.
Youth and teens in regions like Central America, Mexico,
across Europe and Canada are more excited about the
learning aspects of hands-on learning engagements and
formal trainings. Schools are slowly changing in other nations,
but American schools seem to be fighting the technological
changes that are occurring and will be making changes in the
near future.

Many schools block access to digital tools, have policies that
students cannot use AV, VR, Immersive Learning. Those
schools are setting up their students for future failure when they
attempt to start careers that require digital skills and knowledge.
We have taught for 3 years in Europe, Central America, across
Africa and growing in other parts of the world. There are minimal
places growing that will allow for trainings even workshops in
public education.

The power of the Internet and Metaverse are set to change the
mind-sets of millions of people
1. Using Gen AI can help with reading proficiency and the ability
to comprehend because of the questions being asked by the
youth and teens and the requirement to read the answers.
2. Students are the owners of their learning and the captains of
their questions that spark their interest to learn more.
3. Students will learn why spelling is important with technology
not just being told it is important they will see for themselves
in their typing.
4. Students with accessibility issues will become mentally
and intellectually involved and engaged. This can lead to better
testing and assessment success.
5. Students using Gen AI that are not English Language
Learners ELL can be introduced to a new tool that they can
use to learn English faster and more efficiently.
6. Students can apply what they are learning to future career
options, job choices and see themselves as intelligent,
creative, and innovative.
AI will not judge them, bully them, be mean to them.
7. Students can learn to use AI to help them to be storytellers,
content creators, artists with words and elevate their sense
of self-esteem and self-respect.
8. Teachers can facilitate learning discoveries by applying
projects that guide students to be authors, writers, storytellers,
journalists.  These are phenomenal times where youth and
teens can see themselves as published authors. What a great
time to be engaged and active.

The Need for Indigenous Youth and Teens to Attend Global Tech Conferences 2024 Part 2

The Need for Indigenous Youth and Teens to Attend Global Tech Conferences 2024 Part Two
William Jackson, MAT CEO MetaverseWP
World Metaverse Council Metaverse Education Program Director
One Africa Forum Technology Education Program Director
Technology Consultant and Board Member Tristan’s Accelerated
Learning Academy

Youth and teens need to understand the value and importance
of building their PLC and PLN
Professional Learning Communities and Professional Learning
Networks are looking like the communities they are in.
So indigenous youth, teens and young adults represent their
cultural heritage and build learning opportunities and speak
their languages. Representation Matters in STEAM, Tech,
Social Media and in Digital Innovation. When indigenous
youth see themselves involved outside of their communities
they are encouraged and empowered to alter their thinking
and influence their perspectives for themselves and their peers.

The learning of digital languages is a path to decision making
where representation is not an issue because there are those
present that are of gender, color and culture. Those sitting at
the tables of digital business and commerce look like the youth
in neighborhoods dreaming of owning their own business and
aspiring to make global changes like Elisha Taylor, III, his
dream is to attend MIT Institue of Technology
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaiuI2q5sCw

The growth of conferences guarantees that youth are engaged
in activities of digital creativity and digital exploration. New skills
learned and applied will be with youth for years to help shape
and mold decisions for digital and economic growth in the
communities these youth live.

The growth of digital role models are being recognized from
youth attending conferences nationally and internationally.
The recent WordCamp Europe in 2023 / 2024 and the
WordPress Youth and Teen Workshop of Managua, Nicaragua.
Youth panel discussion represents the influences of youth
as young as pre-teens and teens. WordCamp Europe the
largest WordCamp in Europe with over 3,000 need this
kind of attendance to build networking and collaboration
skills.

Central / South America and Mexico have a growing
youthful population. Providing role models, mentors and
businesses opportunities to extend their digital abilities,
but making sure “soft-skills” are being taught to apply
in future careers. Using the panel discussion as a format
to grow and help across Central America.
“How the WordPress Community Can Embrace the
Next Generation”
https://wordpress.tv/2019/11/14/dina-butcher-ema-
derosia-emily-lema-sophia-derosia-olivia-bisset-
natalie-bourn-nathan-ingram-how-the-wordpress-
community-can-embrace-the-next-generation-talk-panel/

is a great opportunity to see the development of web
designers, graphic designers and entrepreneurs.
Central and South American youth and teens need
to see others that look like them to represent them.

Globally the uniqueness of these conferences are open
to indigenous children around the world. Providing
opportunities for them to see there are choices and
chances in life to broaden their vision of careers,
hobbies and learning the skills of networking and
developing generational wealth. WordCamp are
global conferences that embrace diversity, inclusion,
innovation and creativity.
Stated by Abdullah Ramzan Twitter @Software_abi
“The beauty of WordPress (Web Platform) is that it is
made for everyone.”
The growth of technology conferences and the
implementation of working with youth shows
involvement in new areas of inclusiveness in
learning across cultures. Mr. Ramzan was recent
Organizer with WC Lahore where the youth and
teens were taught web development, coding,
programs and other skills the boys and girls will
need for their professional careers.

In Africa there are conferences that teach from the
very basics to the more advanced in HTML,
ecommerce, marketing, branding and cyber-security.
The steady and rapid growth of wireless technologies
are building infrastructures that will carry Africa into
the next decade as it grows into it’s place in digital
innovation where the people will be the next natural
resource for creativity and innovation not just the
land itself. Digital innovators are thriving in Africa
and growth is expanding opportunities to influence
financial markets.
The millions of growing youth and teen technologists
must be included in the financial growth and successes
to Africa’s financial networks can grow and
scale for the future.

In Central America conferences like LAtINiTY –
@LatinityConf for women and young ladies.
ERICKA BARBOZA @Pastelitocr and LIDIA ARROYO
@lidivanarroyo are involved in multiple events for
girls and women. They are Organizers for WordCamp
in San Jose Costa Rica.
Influencing new generations to grow and be technical
leaders in their regions of the world. Digital growth in
Cental America is phenomenal!!

Children must be able to engage in conferences and
workshops where their minds are broadened, their
skills are improved and sharpened and their fear of
what is new is overcome. Kids will be competing
against each other as they build their business
interests digitally and collaboratively.
Fear cannot be an option in this competitive world,
but also cooperation is more valuable than competition.

Exposure is valuable and representation is key to
motivating indigenous youth both girls and boys to
new levels of thinking in life. Parents must allow their
children to participate in conferences to build skills
for future employment. Children need to learn how
to network, collaborate, cooperate and work with the
diversity the world has to offer.

Too many indigenous youth are denied access,
opportunities, creative growth and innovative inspiration,
this decade is an opportunity to change this. Tech
provides building a world of discovery and innovation,
and working together to accomplish goals and building
future dreams in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.
Global WordCamp can be found here
https://central.wordcamp.org/ and many support youth,
teens and young adults in attending.

Parents must prepare their children to move beyond
manual labor jobs and into new levels of thought
leadership career paths that create leadership
opportunities, management opportunities, financial
stability and the opportunity to travel the world.

Even if parents are blue-collar workers and in
careers that have inherent limitations does not
mean their children should be nor do they need
to be thrust into similar conditions. Educaton is
the great equalizer, and the great change in thinking,
children must be exposed to the diversity of the world
in order to function in a diverse and inclusive world
even if that inclusion is fought for.

One of the challenges for many children, especially
children of color and indigenous backgrounds is that
many do not get out of their neighborhoods
to explore the world around them. They seem to be
stuck with no exposure to the future and this creates
“dream deserts” where children don’t dream about
new careers and opportunities.

William and Aida Jackson, teaching about
VR, MR, AI, Metaverse even encouraged the youth
in Managua to think about their dreams, to “dream
big” and if their dreams do not scare them,
they are not dreaming big enough.

The scariest thing for children is to state they have
no dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond
just living and surviving, this must never be allowed
to continue. Indigenous youth, teens and young adults
around the world have so much to offer in their
communities and must be encouraged and even
sponsored to be participants. Indigenous youth and
teens are just as valuable and important as
those of privilege, and prejudice must not win
and must not keep the youth excluded and ignored.
Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s
challenges, youth need to be part of the solutions
to solve human challenges, environmental threats,
and complex environmental changes. Embracing
intellectualism, being a thought leader,
creative and innovative.

“If you seriously want to do something for yourself,
do something for others first. Go for open source,
you’ll surely learn how to code, program, coordinate
and collaborate with others. You’ll learn how to
work in a team.

Join local meetups, meet with the people and peers:
help them, learn from them and share ideas.”
Abdullah Ramzan @Software_abi Twitter
Central America is already on the Metaverse in 2023 & 2024

* WordPress Youth Day 2024 Managua, Nicaragua
https://events.wordpress.org/managua/2024/wordpress-youth-day/
* Metaverse Opportunity 2024
https://www.spatial.io/s/WC-Managua-Nicaragua-2024-65efddc2f1be6da5bc03d1d7?share=867883084604960383

* WordCamp Managua, Nicaragua 2023
https://managua.wordcamp.org/2023/
* Metaverse Opportunity
https://www.spatial.io/s/WordCamp-Managua-2023-6519c9847dda8600e5e783bc?share=3476778917503306015

* WordCamp San Jose Costa Rica 2023

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* Metaverse Opportunity 2023
https://www.spatial.io/s/WordCamp-SJ-Costa-Rica-2023-6487cce7780666d4c44c5275?share=3296760273277588002

Celebrating Digital Teaching in Africa, Europe, Central America in 2024

Celebrating Digital Teaching in Africa, Europe, Central America in 2024

The married team of William and Aida Jackson working with
international Organizers from WordCamp Europe in Torina, Italy,
WordPress Youth and Teen Workshop in Managua, Nicaragua,
the Uganda Website Projects Competition 2024 Kampala,
Africa and the school Clever Minds STEAM in Warri, Nigeria.
The team of William and Aida have been able to teach, sponsor
and support technology conferences across international
lines and locations.
The historic accomplishments of this husband and wife team
are the results of collaboration, connections and cooperation
with the WordCamp and WordPress Community.
William a retired Duval County Public School STEAM & CTE
teacher and Aida a university professor with Lenoir-Rhyne
University teaching Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the web
and studying web sites for accessibility challenges for
people with visual, hearing and other challenges when
navigating websites.

The historic aspect of these teaching adventures is showing
that Africans, Blacks and Afro-Latina’s (Hispanics) can be
involved and engaged in teaching, mentoring and collectively
influencing digital engagements internationally.
The facts that Blacks and Hispanics would have not been
allowed to volunteer, attend, speak, organize nor teach and
participate in conferences just 20 to 30 years ago. Blacks
and Hispanics (Latinx) have systematically been denied the
opportunities in national and international scales to share
their skill-sets, knowledge, businesses and entrepreneurial
successes.
Many tech events have been predominately white males and
gradually increasing white females have been included. Since
the slow inclusion of more Blacks and Hispanics across both
Diasporas have fought, struggled, earned degrees and
jumped into tech areas where they have been denied entrance.
Even in public education where William has been a STEM,
STEAM, & STREAM educator, the perceptions by whites
have been that I did not know how to teach technology
even though I have a Masters Degree from a PWI.
Since I was a Black male educator even with over 30 years
before I retired, I still was not respected and accepted in
many cases.

Because of the talents, creativity, works in local communities,
educational access and other opportunities their represents a
growing number of techies that are African, Black American
and Hispanic making significant influences not just locally,
but nationally and internationally.
William and Aida attribute their successes by keeping up with
the changes of tech with STEAM+M, AI, VR, Metaverse and
Web 3. Taking courses, trainings and joining organizations
like BlackPress WP (https://blackpresswp.com), Blacks In
Technology with is multiple global chapters
(https://blacksintechnology.org) and connecting using
LinkedIn with groups growing internationally.


Being fearlessly participating by speaking on Podcasts, Webinars, Community Meetings found on Meetup.com and share the road is not easy, but rewarding if you apply passion and acceptance that you will be the only African, Black or Hispanic face in the room, at the table in the computer lab and maybe at a technology conference. Do not falter or back-down.
William and Aida are Certified VR Educators with VictoryXR and EngageVR
by taking the required courses and passing the tests required to earn the much needed certifications to be recognized as experts.
The racial and ethnic diversity in tech has been slow and an uphill battle even for those with the education, knowledge and skills, but no one should ever give up. William attributes the challenges like those that played in the Negro league in Baseball. Those men were excluded,  denied, separated and even physically bullied, the same could be stated for the past several years in tech careers.
You do not stop working smart and hard to achieve your goals. You also have to give back to the community by sponsoring youth, teens and
young adults to attend conferences globally so people will see you really
do care and understand the responsibilities we have to help others rise to
their successes.
Black employees of the national workforce make up only 4% of tech workers. While Hispanic workers make up just 8% of STEM jobs. African workers are still struggling with foreigners to hire Africans. Those that are biggest tech companies report a big gap, even though companies claim to be
“looking” for employees they claim not to find capable tech employees.
Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Google and other companies still struggle with promoting African, Blacks and Hispanics to leadership positions. Not because Africans, Blacks and Hispanics do not have digital skills, but because of the continued lack of acceptance of the skills, talents, knowledge of color
and culture.

Being fearlessly participating by speaking on Podcasts, Webinars,
Community Meetings found on Meetup.com and share the road is
not easy, but rewarding if you apply passion and acceptance that
you will be the only African, Black or Hispanic face in the room,
at the table in the computer lab and maybe at a technology
conference. Do not falter or back-down. William and Aida are
Certified VR Educators with VictoryXR and EngageVR by taking
the required courses and passing the tests required to earn
the much needed certifications to be recognized as experts.
The racial and ethnic diversity in tech has been slow and an uphill
battle even for those with the education, knowledge and skills,
but no one should ever give up. William attributes the challenges
like those that played in the Negro league in Baseball.
Those men were excluded, denied, separated and even physically
bullied, the same could be stated for the past several years in
tech careers. You do not stop working smart and hard to achieve
your goals. You also have to give back to the community by
sponsoring youth, teens and young adults to attend conferences
globally so people will see you really do care and understand
the responsibilities we have to help others rise to their successes.
Black employees of the national workforce make up only 4% of
tech workers. While Hispanic workers make up just 8% of STEM
jobs. African workers are still struggling with foreign nations to
hire Africans.
Those that are biggest tech companies report a big gap, even
though companies claim to be “looking” for employees they claim
not to find capable tech employees. Apple, Microsoft, IBM,
Google and other companies still struggle with promoting
African, Blacks and Hispanics to leadership positions.
Not because Africans, Blacks and Hispanics do not have digital
skills, but because of the continued lack of acceptance of the
skills, talents, knowledge of color and culture.

William has taught in higher education in the early and
mid 2000’s with Edward Waters College (University) and
Florida State College of Jacksonville, but was let go because it was
thought he was teaching too advanced for the students to comprehend.
Many realities are that the thinking is that Black and Hispanic youth
and teens cannot work within tech fields, but William and Aida have
taught internationally since 2018 to global audiences.
Even in employment data shows by the EEOC that among Executives,
57 percent of employees were white, 36 percent were Asian American,
1.6 percent were Hispanic and less than 1 percent were African American.
The data also shows that, “Black households stand to lose out on more
than a cumulative $350 billion in tech job wages by 2030,”
https://www.mckinsey.com/bem/our-insights/how-to-close-the-black-tech-talent-gap
William and Aida are speaking out and have sponsored and provided scholarships for over 500 internationally to attend conferences like those
in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, India, Canada and Central America.
Their represention historically that Blacks and Hispanics can be influential
and successful in the development of content, and components of
businesses involved in technology.
If given a chance and provided an opportunity Africans, Blacks and
Hispanics can make significant contributions in multiple areas of
technology.
The web site MetaverseWP shows their clients https://metaversewp.com/destination in 2023 they made history by
being the First Black and Hispanic educators to teach at WordCamp
Europe 2023 and WordCamp Europe 2024 where they taught youth
and teens from 8yrs to 16yrs Web Development, Internet Safety,
Avatar building, and VR with the Metaverse. They continue to teach
how the Metaverse,
AI and VR are changing Education, Web Development, Immersive
Learning, Business and Commerce that are key for even governments
to understand to strategize in building and supporting entrepreneurialism
and collaboration. In 2024 they were invited for the second year to
teach and had students from across Europe and even youth from India.
WordCamp conferences are global conferences that they volunteer,
speak, sponsor, promote, and organize.
William Jackson, since 2010 has been part of the WordPress community
and since 2017 has been speaking, teaching, sponsoring, promoting
global WordCamps that help youth, and teens in workshops.
Since 2018 Aida has been speaking, teaching, volunteering and
organizing as well. Since 2022, MetaverseWP has been building
Metaverse sites for global WordCamp conferences. MetaverseWP https://metaversewp.com/
where William is the CEO and has a team. In 2023 William has
been honored to be the Metaverse Education Program Director
of the World Metaverse Council housed in Slovenia, the Republic
of Slovenia in Southern Central Europe and he is the Director of
Education and Technology with One Africa Forum housed in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Aida is a Certified Life Coach, Certified and Recognized Artist
having her works displayed at the Eartha White Museum and
Gardens in Jacksonville and a respected NFT Artist on the
Metaverse.


San Jose Costa Rica 2023

Over 500 youth, teens and young adults have been helped
to attend conferences globally, specifically on the African
continent since 2017. Their speaking videos can be seen on
WordPress TV
William
https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson/
Aida
https://wordpress.tv/speakers/aida-correa-jackson/
McKinsey.com – Diversity and Inclusion Economic State
https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/diversity-and-inclusion/the-economic-state-of-black-america-what-is-and-what-could-be


WordCamp Orlando, Florida 2019


WordCamp Europe 2023


WordCamp San Jose 2021


Florida Blogging and Technology Conference


Orlando Car Show

The Need for Indigenous Youth and Teens to Attend Global Tech Conferences

The Need for Indigenous Youth and Teens to
Attend Global Tech Conferences

 

WCCA 2021 Virtual
WCCA 2021 Virtual

Part One
William Jackson, MAT CEO MetaverseWP
World Metaverse Council Metaverse Education Program
Director One Africa Forum Technology Education Program
Director Technology Consultant and Board Member
Tristan’s Accelerated Learning Academy

The recent WordCamp Europe 2024 Youth and Teen Workshop
in Torino, Italy and WordPress Youth and Teen Workshop Day
2024 in Managua, Nicaragua shows the continued need for
youth and teens to attend technology conferences, workshops
and trainings.
The world is in an age of Algorithms, Data Sets, AI Integration,
Digital Developments and IOT Internet of Things that are
creating immersive ecosystems.
Technology conferences like those in Europe, Nicaragua
(Central America) and across Africa are offering learning incentives
for youth, and teens to attend conferences. They are providing
SWAG, t-shirts, water bottles, stickers, lanyards, hats and other
items that attract the attention of youth, and teens. The incentives
align with the understanding that the future is tech, no matter
what level or degree of knowledge the future
of tech is with empowering the youth.

Countries of Central America
Countries of Central America

SWAG are great marketing strategies to encourage and attract
youth, and teens from indigenous communities that are
sometimes forgotten. History has not been kind nor generous
to indigenous peoples in the educational process to build digital
leaders, creatives and innovators in the world of digital communication,
Wifi, Digital Apps, and Social Media platforms. The vision of indigenous communities should be seen, heard,
interactive and inspirational.

Things are changing because indigenous youth, and teens are
dreaming of a better life for themselves and their families.
They see the opportunities that technology is offering and reach
for the sky, the stars, the planets and beyond. Let it be known that
America was built by people of color, culture, gender, generation
and great contributions where and are still being made by
indigenous people around the world. Technology is the new frontier
to share the voices of indigenous cultures and genders.

WordCamp Europe and WordPress Youth and Teen in
Nicaragua workshops are powerful opportunities to teach
what is AI, how it will influence future careers that will be
available and those careers that will die. The ethical applications
of tech to build communities, preserve historical and factual
information that is not changed to change and
lie about cultures and chaos created by colonialism.

From Canada, to Central America, to Africa, to Europe and Asia
youth, and teens have unprecedented opportunities to be
involved in tech conferences to learn valuable skills that will
carry them into future career choices. Building communities
of entrepreneurs and young business owners that will influence
economic structures in neighborhoods, communities, cities,
states and nations. The future youth and teens will
be connected, creative, innovative and contributing to a future
of access and acceleration in learning.

The reality is that America does not have the resources to
continue to be the only global technology powerhouse, globally
things are changing and America is feeling the affects. Opportunities
are opening and being offered to global communities with business
owners like William and Aida Jackson to provide affordable trainings
that share a vision of growth, independence, self-confidence, and
building self-discipline and awareness of potentials to change the
false and often lies created against
indigenous youth and teens.

Learning coding, PHP, scripting languages programming
and web design, the integration of Science Technology
Engineering Arts Mathematics VR, AR, Metaverse is necessary
to build skills-sets for the future to help address and solve
challenges that are faced daily by human existence.
The growth of climate change, the challenges of social issues,
the need for equal educational access and historical education
models that show indigenous peoples as creative, innovative,
productive and important to the world.

Youth and teens are learning the importance of applying tech
skills to build on critical and higher order thinking. Enhancing
their combining of creative and innovative processing of
information to influence future digital adaptations in robotics,
re-newable energy resources, working with nature not against
the natural forces. The can and is gradually helping indigenous
communities build stairs to access to higher educational models, incorporating cultural traditions, history and building
self-respect, self-confidence and self- awareness of historical
wrongs, but the potential to change the false narratives and false
information shared in the media, movies, music and other platforms.
The “truth is out there” about the beauty, contributions, influences
across history of how indigenous people are growing in positive ways.

Youth and teens attending conferences allows exposure not
just to people, youth learn terminologies that enhance their
ability to communicate on intellectual levels. Broadening language
abilities allows youth, and teens to sit at the tables of diverse digital
and intellectual tables and not be threatened by the lack of knowledge
and understanding. Comprehending is key to being able to contribute
to the discussions of building digital networks and creating
PLC – Professional Learning Communities.

We have been teaching since 2017 internationally the adaptions of
different technologies in the hopes that indigenous communities
will be inspired, encouraged and influenced to begin the process of
offering unique learning opportunities with conferences, workshops
and trainings.

This is Part One of a Two part writing sharing that technology
trainings in multiple ways will, can and are a benefit to global
communities.
WordCamp Europe Youth and Teen Workshop 2024 Torino Italy
&
WordPress Youth and Teen Workshop 2024 Managua, Nicaragua

Central America is on the Metaverse in 2023 & 2024

* WordPress Youth Day 2024 Managua, Nicaragua
https://events.wordpress.org/managua/2024/wordpress-youth-day/

* Metaverse Opportunity 2024
https://www.spatial.io/s/WC-Managua-Nicaragua-2024-65efddc2f1be6da5bc03d1d7?share=867883084604960383

* WordCamp Managua, Nicaragua 2023
Metaverse Opportunity
https://www.spatial.io/s/WordCamp-Managua-2023-6519c9847dda8600e5e783bc?share=3476778917503306015

WordCamp San Jose Costa Rica 2024 Coming Soon