GAMBIA

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Before we start talking about our club, we'd like you to learn a bit more about our country, the Gambia. It is a beautiful African country. It is named after River Gambia, which divides the country into two, north and south. The river runs through the length of the country. It is the smallest country in West Africa enclosed by Senegal and the Atlantic Ocean. Its surface is about 11,295 sq km and varies in width from 60 to 24km and its length is about 480km. Map of the Gambia

Gambians are very particular about dress and people are easily judged according to thier attire. Therefore it is advisable to be sensible about dressing habits and one should decently dressed when going to official or religious places. It is an exceptional country when it comes to cultural diversity, our ethnicity, traditions, language, religion, dance, and art.

The story is way more complex and longer than this, but we made it short for you! The Gambia is an investment heaven and is often referred to as the smiling coast of Africa.




EDUCATION AND WEB LITERACY

Education in The Gambia is costly experience for most citizens. Girls are assisted by the government in paying their school fees. In the past, boys were far more likely to be sent to school if their parents had a bit of money, while girls had very little chance to succeed unless they came from a rich family.. 3

What's the role of Web Literacy in our Education System?

The Government of the Gambia understands Web Literacy as the teaching of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

In public documents, statements and plans, the Government recognizes the key role of (ICT) in education.4

If you want to learn more about the Gambia, please visit Google and do some research about the Gambia

HIGHLIGHTS

373,865 Internet users

18.6% Internet penetration

90% of public schools with no Internet access.

180,000 Facebook users.
Source: Internet World Stats. Gambia (2016)

MOZILLA CLUB IN THE GAMBIA

Mozilla Club was preceded by Juma Baldeh, which was founded in August 2016 with the aim to support, mentor and inspire the enthusiastic girls who wants to read, write and partipate on the web.

We are planning to start working in collaboration with the university of the Gambia and schools where we wish to start some clubs, with the support of the Mozilla foundation and it's network of awesome staff/volunteers.

The program has had a lot of success so far! As of September 2016, there are 16 active Mozilla learners in the Gambia

The club has 10 to 16 members, and sessions are supported by 4 to 5 volunteers. They welcome a diverse audience, including adults, young professionals and youth under the age of 18.

Some of our challenges...

- Long term commitment. Our work is volunteer-driven and we love it, but sometimes it is hard for people to sustain their commitment to long term projects.

- Funding and resources. These are especially needed to reach target audiences like indigenous people, and poverty-stricken schools and communities as this is the first club in the Gambia.

How to get involved?

If you are excited to join us, here are three ways to do it:

- Become a volunteer and help us facilitate specific events.
- Help to create and localize curriculum
- Become a Club Captain and create your own Mozilla Club!


Get some inspiration from this Club Captain:

Club Captain: Juma

Juma Baldeh, is the club captain of Mozilla Club of HackathonGirls in the Gambia. She is a Product Engineer of a software development/IT company in the Gambia named InSIST Global, a duly recognized organization of the Country that promotes web literacy, and software development. Also she is the founder of HackathonGirls Club, Banjul and a member of Gambia Toastmasters .

How did you club start Mozilla Club?

We started as a small group called HackathonGirls and whiles I was searching for online IT activities to teach girls in my club. During my web search i found mozilla teaching activities and through the site i came across leadership opportunities and that was how i applied to be a club captain, which was something very amazing and inspiring after going through Mozilla's site

Who are your club main audiences?

Girls who are passionate to read, write and participate on the web and basically open to the public.

What does your Mozilla Club look like?

We use the American corner which is a small, American-style library created to help increase mutual understanding between Gambia and the United States by making available information about America in a variety of formats. It is a place where we can share and learn new stuff. We don't have any sponsors for now but we are hoping to have that. We train our learners to be knowledgeable in 4 areas such as: Java Programming, Web Programming, Research and Networking, basically reading, writing and participating on the web. These learners will represent us in different competitions, related to this areas. We have weekly training and special events if we have sponsors.

How do you communicate with your main audiences?

We use whatsapp for formal announcements and email for announcements of topics for the trainings. and hold face to face weekly meetings and facebook too.

What are your plans for 2016?

We plan to provide more trainings and look for different organizations that can sponsor the club and expand the club country-wise and the mission of Mozilla in our community.

CREDITS AND REFERENCES




This Case Study was built from the phillipines case study of Mozilla Clubs Philippines thimble and information provided by:Juma Baldeh, Club Captain, Mozilla Club of HackathonGirls, Banjul

More Info:

Clubs: Mozilla Club's Website
Facebook: Mozilla Club of HackathonGirls, Banjul
Blog: Juma Baldeh
angel.baldeh@gmail.com