Knowledge Is Power !

Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.  – Kofi Annan

A key strategic area Africa needs to invest on is Education.

by providing the youth with accessible quality education. Once we achieve this, the African youth, whose role is key, will be empowered enough to provide their input and contribute to the development of Africa. Armed with our passion to empower the African student diaspora, we launched the Knowledge Sharing Campaign (KSC). In this article, we share a few success stories, even as we work on KSC’s expansion strategy.

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KSC participants are skilled in software development and are motivated to embrace technology at large. Students are encouraged to use their learnings to come up with innovative ideas to propose solutions to African problems.

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KSC’s Mainstream Program

KSC participants are skilled in software development and are motivated to embrace technology at large. Students are encouraged to use their learnings to come up with innovative ideas to propose solutions to African problems.

  • Internship Program

    The African student diaspora faces challenges to get internship opportunities. KSC’s key objectives have been shaped in a way that ensure we are able to respond to students’ specific challenges as we learn from their backgrounds and skills prior to starting the program. The program focuses on developing skills using Agile Practices, learning to use open source technologies and building awareness for social and economic issues. Communication and presentation skills are developed using the Pecha Kucha framework.

  • Roles In KSC

    Based on a student’s specific background, skills and interests, everyone chooses and plays one of the Agile roles – Business Analyst (BA), Developer, Quality Analyst (QA) and UI/UX. For example, a student who is studying for a Computer Applications program and does not have previous experience in software development, is encouraged and supported to play a Developer role. A student who studying in a Business Administration program and who chooses to play a BA role, will be skilled in the basic level of requirements gathering and analysis.

  • Requirements

    There are no specific prerequisites to participate in these sessions. In fact, only a few students who attend these sessions have their own laptops. KSC is not just about tech sessions, but about knowledge sharing. Students who come have very limited exposure to key technologies. They first attend the KSC introductory sessions, which focus on assessing and improving the participant’s computer literacy. For example, students who study in a non computer science program, create accounts for a list of free online applications and services, like GitHub. Not all students are able to efficiently use technologies like Google Apps that allow them to work as a team on a single report. KSC becomes a bridge that helps students embrace a very large online world, with skills needed to access this.