NATIONAL EDUCATION AID PROGRAMME
Recent research has shown staggering statistics of failure in the field of science under the West African Senior School Certificate Examination. Our team believes skipping the business trend and spending time on national development would not only solve the problem of academia but a structured and secured future for The Gambia.
The Gambia National Human Development Report 2015 shows that The Gambia has the lowest pass rate at WASSCE (5 percent) compared to Ghana (10 percent) and Nigeria (20 percent). The rate at which students in Ghana and Nigeria pass the exams is 4 and 8 times the rates at which Gambian students pass. Furthermore, in 2016 out of 11659 candidates only 444 boys and girls were able to obtain credit passes
If young people in The Gambia with IT skills and ideas are given the chance, we will be able to solve most of the burning issues, most especially in the education sector.
The use of simulators and internet research in modern day teaching is becoming more appreciative to conventional blackboard explanations and imaginary thought, we have a system that helps teachers and students research completely offline. The risk involved in using these systems is minimal.
There are more 25,000 students enrolled in government high schools, and 75% of those students approximately will be graduating in three years. In 2016, only 3.8% of all the students that sat for the WASSCE were able to obtain credit and pass. At the end of this project, we anticipate that the percentage will increase to 15%.
After the project, students should be able to communicate with computers more easily to solve scientific problems and simulate real-life scenarios in a virtual world thus widening their horizon of knowledge, as science is a research planet.
DEAF SUPPORT PROGRAMME
The total population of the Gambia is approximately 2.05 million. Of these, it is thought approximately, 39,000 are deaf or hard of hearing (average prevalence of 1.9% in sub-Saharan Africa).
Accurate estimates are not possible as there has never been any routine hearing assessment screening in place. Consequently, many people with deafness will never have been diagnosed or treated.
In more recent times, the number of pupils at St John’s School for the Deaf has risen from about 150 in 2004 to nearer 250 by 2012. This increase is not necessarily due to an actual increase in the deaf population during that period but is just as likely to be due to increased awareness of the problem and acceptance that deaf children can learn and benefit from attending school.
As a concerned organization and finding ways to improve the education system of The Gambia, deaf students should not be marginalized. Our organization have strategies and systems in place to counter the barrier between deaf students and technology and intend to enforce in January 2019.
Equip the deaf students the required skills to better understand scientific theories and information technology and bridge the divide between deafness and creativity in The Gambia.
- After the project, the students should be able to communicate with computers more easily to solve scientific problems and simulate real-life scenarios in a virtual world thus widening their horizon of knowledge, as science is a research planet.
- Gain them the required skills to increase their chances of working in a technological area
- Give them the confidence that disability should not shatter their dreams but enable them to do more than the society sees of them
DIGITAL LITERACY FOR YOUTHS AND CHILDREN
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has an important role in the world since we are now in the data age. With ICT, it is more flexible for companies to be in progressive contact with business partners, clients, suppliers, and distributors. It is also very important in our daily lives. The lack of appropriate information at the right time will result in low productivity, low-quality research work, and a waste of time to scout for information and even to do research which is an integral part of the business, and such problems have already been countered in other developing countries. Nowadays as we realized, ICT cannot be parallel from our daily needs.
ICT has a great impact on our daily lives. For example, we can read our local newspapers using online platforms. Another example is that, we can connect with our families, relatives, or colleagues even if we are abroad by using the electronic mail, yahoo messenger, call conference, or video conference.
In the Gambia, ICT is widely used by young people to access and communicate information related to job opportunities, education, social and current affairs. Technological innovation is taking place at a breath-taking pace. Digital computer and networking have changed our economy concept to the economy with no boundary in time and space because of ICT. It brings many advantages for economic development enabling millions of transactions to execute in an easy and fast way.
ICT is one of the economic development pillars to gain a national competitive advantage. It can improve the quality of human life because it can be used as a learning and education media, the mass communication media in promoting and campaigning practical and important issues, such as the health and social area. It provides wider knowledge and can help in gaining and accessing information.
ICT has become an integral part of everyday life for many people. It increases its importance in people’s lives and it is expected that this trend will continue, to the extent that ICT literacy will become a functional requirement for people’s work, social, and personal lives.
The aim of this activity is to:
- Build the capacity of youth leaders from the National Youth and Civil society organizations to make wise and effective use of ICT.
- Gain relevant professional skills to discourage the issue of illegal migration to Europe.
- Bridging the digital gap between rural and urban youths.
- Improve skills of Gambian youth to participate and drive the National development agenda.
- A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
IDEAL STARTUP PROJECT
The most significant challenge to startups is a lack of funding. Though the number of businesses is increasing, the amount of financing for these companies has remained largely stagnant. Reports show that a staggering percentage of small businesses are largely underfunded; however, a deeper analysis reveals that the overwhelming majority do not have viable Identity or brand. Consequently, banks are reluctant to grant loans to small businesses.
As part of our objectives, is to help startup businesses with Information Technology problems to discourage the issue of illegal migration to Europe, and promote the idea that going to Europe does not guarantee success.
Since the inception, we have helped few amazing Gambians, most especially female entrepreneurs with social media strategies for proactive marketing, logo, and adverts at no cost
To supplement government efforts create an enabling environment for startups.
Help startup businesses with Information Technology problems to discourage the issue of illegal migration to Europe