Mozilla Club Cosat is a project that brings high school girls together to create a multidisciplinary and safe space for informal learning and exchange of experiences around digital literacy. Participants learn skills and competencies needed to be digital content producers so they can unlock opportunities and help shape the digital world around them.
“The Internet is most powerful when anyone — regardless of gender or geography — can participate equally. A truly open Web should unlock educational, economic, and civic opportunity for everyone, everywhere.".
HOW DID IT START?
In March 2016, Mozilla and UN Women partnered to work alongside local educators, organizations and residents to built a network of web literacy clubs that promote peer-to peer-learning, teaching participants how to collaborate with each other and meaningfully participate online. Through this initiative Mozilla Club Cosat draws on a pre-existing club model, meeting regularly and in-person. They adapt a comprehensive curriculum that covers topics like web navigation; computer basics; content creation; coding; online rights, privacy and security; and connecting to opportunities linked to women’s leadership, civic participation and economic empowerment.
- Combating Cyber Violence
- Understanding Local Issues
- Teaching women and girls
- Open Practices
In May 2016 club leaders participated in a Mozilla Web Literacy training and learned about several new activities, tools and curriculum to implement or remix. Training resources and topics included:
Twelve students from Center of Science and Technology High School (COSAT) are participating in Mozilla Club Cosat. They learned about this club from their club captain, who is a fellow student at COSAT.
1) Teenagers between the age of 11 and 16
2) Currently studying computer science in their daily classwork.
3) Bright students who were accepted into their school because of an interest in persuing careers in science and/or technology.
Khayelitsha a township located in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the largest and fastest growing townships in South Africa. The Mozilla Club regional Coordinator in Cape Town initiated the project in this area based on resources, need and interest.
Mozilla Clubs are organized by Regions. In each Region there is one Coordinator, who gives support to Club Captains. The Captains are responsible for leading their own Clubs, inviting participants to join, preparing activities, sending communications, motivating... and other different tasks to keep clubs running.
Currently this club has the following participation structure:
Club Captain: Isisipho
"I want to teach the girls how to code. Right now they know the basics but there’s a lot of interest in developing these skills further. Therefore I am working with my school to use study time as an opportunity to hold club activities and events so to have a learning space."
Isispho is a grade 11 high school student and club captain in Khayelitsha. She started the club in her school and invited several of her classmates to join. She attended the Mozlla Web Literacy training to learn how to best set up her club and give girls the tools they need.
Isisipho will consult with the regional coordinator regularly. This will help prepare her to lead and plan weekly activities with club participants and integrate these key topics:
HOW DO THEY COMMUNICATE?
Club captain, Isisipho engages with club participants regularly at school and schedules club meetings during the day and during after school hours. She uses email as a way to connect with the regional coordinator and community members she does not see in person. In addition Isisipho connects on Mozilla Club Facebook group, social media and My Moz Club app.
She shares her events, work and news trough the Mozilla Club event reporter and club participants are encouraged to share what they learn on their personal media accounts using hashtag #teachtheweb.