DIGITCONTENT PROJECT- MCJSUPPORT ORG POST-COVID-19 EDUCATION RESPONSE
At the level of MCJSupport Org, we are all profoundly aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on our own lives as Gambians and those of millions of others. And more than ever, we recognize the importance that the Digital Technology plays during this uncertain time, serving as a lifeline that enables children and youths to continue learning and exploring, equating the effects of the lockdown for students in The Gambia through statistics, of which might be the consequences of missing and gapped understanding of the subject areas, will lead to mass failure of students after the pandemic.
According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) 2018, over 13, 000 Gambian students sat for the WAEC Examination. The West African Examinations Council says 475 candidates obtained credit passes in five subjects and above, including English language and Mathematics. WAEC also states there has been however a decrease in pass ratio compared to last year’s results, when 530 students obtained five credit passes in five subjects and above.
MCJSupport ORG has come to the conclusion through The Gambia National Human Development Report 2014 (TGNHD2014), current high levels of youth unemployment, the persistent increase in unemployment among high school leavers, drop-outs, and those who never attended school are a cause for concern as it could lead to increasing numbers of street children and growing crime; the under-mobilization and under-utilization of the youth talents; and youth energies being channeled into anti-social activities, and the mass failure of students might have seriously drawn these results. This impact has mainly been caused by the lack of access of youth to information and in particular to reliable and insightful data. Also, mass failure of students might be due to Hereditary and environmental factors such as their home environment where children are not encouraged to focus on school activities because of their parents level of education, inadequate qualified teachers to handle certain subject areas eg, Physics, Chemistry, etc, and low laboratory resources to practicalized theories taught in class.
Youth migration and involvement in criminal activities emanate mostly after grade 12 exams(TGNHD2014) where they feel through the lens of the societal notion that exams qualify an individuals capability to succeed in life or not, such discouragement leads a lot of innocent youths into so many unwanted behaviors such as drug use, stealing, etc.
At the level of our organization, we strongly believe that having access to Digital Content of critical subject areas such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry …of the national curriculum and also documentaries of the history and cultures of the Gambia, Economic Activities, Governance, Occupations, Energy, Engineering, Civic Education, Nationalism, Corruption, Agriculture, Industries, Businesses, etc, will go a long way to shape their scope of thinking and motivational drive to achieve and work towards their dreams. Moreover, students will have a simplified, easy to follow video content of some of the subject areas that they struggle with made easy and available at all times. These all will have a positive impact and improve the statistics of the students passing grade 12 post-pandemic or any other pandemic in the future. When Children and Youths are motivated and have easy access to academic material, then they will have all the information and knowledge needed to pursue what they want in life, regardless of their particular disadvantaged situation and/or home environment.
Use of Digital Technology to create, decentralize, and spread quality education through Information Technology and supplement government efforts to provide universal access to education for all the children and Youths in The Gambia.
- To enhance students’ academic performance post-COVID-19 and increase their knowledge through data and information access
- To highlight films aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and offer educational resources to complement these films as a means for deeper learning about global challenges and opportunities.
- Enhance the use of education for unlocking other untapped business areas in The Gambia.
- Encourage the use of videos in teaching and learning to help improve student understanding, but also teachers and their affiliated institutions.
- To attain the SDG 4, 8, 16 spread of quality and all inclusion education, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Peace and Justice Strong Institutions.
Promote culture and values for a peaceful and progressive society
documentary sample: Deaf Support Programme The Gambia – Binta’s Story
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 has 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
PHET LEARNING RESOURCES
Inadequacy of Standard science laboratories in The Gambia is a challenge that is still persisting and yet to be solved, but with state of the art technologies problems that are experimented in conventional laboratories can now be solved in computer laboratories in shorter periods and unlimited trial sessions.
Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics, behaviors, and functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation of the system over time
MCJSupport Org and Science and Technology Department intends to integrate the simulators in the PSI – PMI Smartboard technology, given the scope of coverage as per with the curriculum an alignment process was conducted and all the systems aligned according. MCJSupport Org President will join the PSI-PMI Workshop with the reason of looking for possible ways to unify the two projects, which will gear towards creating room for knowledge assimilation within a minor gap. These will help both teachers and students to understand Science areas of study, most especially Mathematics.
- Identification of Schools eg, all senior schools with IT access, full access schools, low access schools, and no access schools.
- School inspection to identify the capability of the systems before implementation.
- Teachers formal training of the identified schools
- Deployment and installation to schools and The Gambia College
- Monitoring and Evaluation
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 computers 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.
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, it 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 its 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