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

The Future is Bright for African Children with STEAM and Web Development

The Future is Bright for African Children with STEAM and Web Development
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Uganda Bloggers
Uganda Bloggers

Developing and implementing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating
Web Development is the key to developing Africa’s future of
technology and digital innovation. As a teacher of 32 years and
sponsoring students and teachers to attend WordCamp conferences
I see the value of sponsoring youth, teens and young adults to be
involved in a growing technological field. The growth of technology
conferences and the integration of the diversity of STEAM being
made available for African youth, teens and young adults to be
involved in new areas of tech is important for growth economically,
educationally and even socially across the continent.

Professional educators in Africa are developing curriculum’s that are
fun, engaged, relevant to the needs of African children and inclusive
to the diverse needs of African children. Children of Africa need to
see representation that looks like them, allows for mentoring and
awareness in technology careers and as entrepreneurs. WordCamp
conferences like WordCamp Nairobi Kenya
https://2019.nairobi.wordcamp.org/ and WordCamp Harare are
opening new doors for growth https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher order thinking
that children have naturally, but not sure how to apply these  gifts.
African children like American children many times do not understand
how to apply and build on their brilliance.
Kids, youth, teens and young adults are looking to be included in the
opportunities that WordCamp conferences present and the combining
of other tech conferences  across the continent in Africa.

Conferences are happening globally and even active in Latin America,
Central  America and South America. The same passion can be applied
in Africa, The Americas and other places, African youth, teens and
young adults need an opportunity to grow.
They are preparing youth and teens to be the future leaders their
nations will need. Providing global collaborations and building
professional and personal networks.  These opportunities should
be inviting to youth and teens, bring diversity in learning
engagement, fun and teaching skills that are required in business,
commerce and global enterprises.

Bursting at the doors African youth, teens and young adults are
wanting to learn coding, programming, cyber-security and web
development. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs and
business owners. One of the fastest growing business owners
are African youth, teens and young adults they are Africa’s
future.
“The thirst for technology of young Africans” by Boubacar Diallo
https://www.afrikatech.com/start-business/the-thirst-for-technology-of-young-africans/
shows how technology is changing lives and communication
technologies enable young entrepreneurs to create a better future.

African kids love technology just as kids from around the world
and what the potential is for new business ideas. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning in
schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships. African children are dreaming digitally
of careers so they can provide for their families and create social
changes.

African children must be able to engage in conferences where
their minds are broadened, their skills are improved and sharpened
and their fear of what is new is overcome. Conferences create an
environment of innovation, creativity and discovery. All that is
required is excitement, a love for learning
and creativity.

African children need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
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.
Children are learning about development, web design, coding,
java script, Podcasting, Vblogging, Microblogging and other
related skills. Kids will walk away from tech conferences
confident and empowered.

African Bloggers In Action
African Bloggers In Action

Building on being a thought leader, critical thinker and
innovative designer for business and community influencer.
African parents start this process by attending conferences
involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright and
growing for African youth, teens and young adults.
If you’re interested in helping to sponsor youth, teens and
young adults to attend WordCamp conferences in Africa
and Central America contact me and lets collaborate
William Jackson, M.Ed. myquesttoteach@gmail.com

What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp

My Quest to Teach in Africa

What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp
William Jackson, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist

Wm Jackson
Wm Jackson

WordCamps are magnificent ways to collaborate, network,
inspire and engage in diverse areas of technology.
Web development has changed the way people communicate,
associate, collaborate and create activism.

Africans are broadening their engagement and implementation
of technologies in their societies as the infrastructure is being laid.
Wireless technology has exploded and more people see the
potential to use wireless and web technologies beyond just
communicating with family.

Africans are entering the entrepreneurial realms of business
ownership. What can be learned from participating and speaking
at WordCamps can build the competitive edge that can care a
business and people to national and global visibility.

As a current and past sponsor of WordCamp conferences in Africa
I see the necessity as a teacher and business owner to help fellow
content creators that are students and teachers in Africa.
Helping future thought leaders, digital innovators and creative
content designers to build stronger economic opportunities and
encourage collaborations. Sponsoring allows me to give back to
diverse communities that have generational affects.

WC Harare
WC Harare

What is the value of investing in WordCamp conferences….
1. Diversity should be accepted in all fields of tech and Social Media.
Everyone has a story and is unique in their journey.
2. Take advantage of all the learning opportunities on and off line.
3. If you have a new idea to develop content don’t stall it, go after it.
4. Sometimes it is better to collaborate not just compete.
5. Books should be available to enhance research skills. Always have
your library card available.
6. Read classic African authors to build a foundation of cultural relevance.
7. Attend both EdCamps, WordCamps and Bar Camps when-ever possible.
8. Have a vision and mission statement.
9. Find new areas to blog.
10. Take the opportunity to co-blog.
11. Have a hashtag to share content.
12. Volunteer in the community and at schools.
13. Sponsor events in the community.
14. Participate in online chats to share knowledge.
15. Have a name badge created and updated business cards.
16. Google your name and business to see what
content is out there about your business.
17. Make sure your Social Media profiles meets with
your Brand objectives.
18. Don’t forget to renew your Domain name even if
you’re not using it yet.
19. Create a Media Kit to share your business story
20. Have several headshots available for various events.
21. Decide a head of time what your hashtags are that you use.
22. Understand how to properly apply quotes from someone
from the Internet, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Be about that hustle and being Lit.
24. Be concerned about your associations. Remember the term,
guilt by association.
25. Be about promoting others and their community service
and giving back to humanity.

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/

 

WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration Influencing

My Quest To Teach

WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration Influencing
William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest To Teach

William Jackson of My Quest top Teach
William Jackson of My Quest top Teach

2018 and 2019 have seen a rapid expansion of WordCamp conferences in
Africa, from the southern portions of this magnificent continent to the
northern edges. People globally are missing the awesome growth in
technology that is happening in Africa.
WordCamp conferences can be found growing and thriving, opening
doors for new digital collaborations, business ventures, enabling and
empowering African entrepreneurs to share their Brands and build
new Niches and partnerships. Africans of younger generations are
seeing that is it better to collaborate than to compete and get the
influence of how digital media can influence politics, education and
social issues.
As a blogger the digital impressions expand based on your engagement
can influence people around our globe. WordCamp allows rapid and
sustainable digital growth. Content creation is only limited by the
access to wifi which is still sporadic in some area. There are creative
minds that apply what is learned at WordCamp conferences and the
growing number of Kid Camp and Youth Camp conferences.
So involved are Kids and Youth Camps there is success seen in as
new business are starting because of access and engagement.
Kids Camp and Youth Camp conferences have dynamic and engaging
curriculums created by African digital innovators.
WordCamp is a casual environment where information is shared
related to WordPress. WP is a free and open source personal publishing
application that powers over 40% of the web.
The continued immersion of Africa will rapidly increase these numbers.
In 2019 there are  several  African WordCamp conferences ready to
host bloggers, coders, content developers, entrepreneurs, consultants,
business owners and others that are involved in many areas of tech
and Social Media.
Experience does not matter at the WordCamp conference, everyone’s
opinions, ideas and passions are valued and appreciated.
Each conference builds relevant discussions and information is
applicable immediately during and after the conference. Networking
is formidable because real people with real careers, professions,
businesses, and real dreams are present to share and help others.
Mentors in multiple areas can be found and the growing number
of Internships helps to provide youth and teens with real world
opportunities to apply and learn skills to build on.
The conference sessions are a variety of formats from lectures,
presentations, speed talks, or lightning presentations, panels
and interviews. Presentations are diverse sessions that
incorporate slides and videos that can be accessed from the
presenters web site or through WordCamp channel on
http://WordPress.tv after the conference.
African business owners and entrepreneurs are learning that
their social media content should drive people to their web sites
to encourage building business relationships and collaborations.
The continent of Africa is becoming smaller because the increase
in digital wireless access. Equipment is changing to address the
needs of the youth, teens and young adults that are demanding
digital speeds  that support the influences of digital content.
Future WC conferences for 2019
WC Cape Town
https://2019.capetown.wordcamp.org/

WC Johannesburg
https://2019.johannesburg.wordcamp.org/

WC Harare
https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/