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The impact of the 2011 Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Face-to-Face Workshop on my life by Nansumba Winnie, SchoolNet Uganda AYV site, Uganda

The Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) workshop has impacted in me many skills and this AYV workshop has been different from all the workshops that I have attended which were about sexuality. Really my mind had been blank when it came to anything to do with media production simply because I thought that media production was the work of movie producers and cameramen and had nothing to do with me.

Me as Winnie, I never saw myself as a media person but what I learnt in this workshop is that we do not only need media skills for filming or producing music, it is better for you to have media skills or be media literate because in case of your wedding, graduation day or even birthdays, you need to know how to instruct the camera person on how you would want your photos to look like (e.g long shots, close shots, what background) so that at the end you get what you want.

Another thing is that Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) has not only made me believe in myself as a youth, it has also given me a voice to speak out my concerns. I can now talk about any kind of issue that concerns my community. We as youth have a lot to say but in most cases, we are not given a platform or a go ahead to talk about our concerns. As a person, I think that this is because adults (e.g. our parents) do not believe in us. They look at us as a problem or trouble causers in society. Now that AYV has given us a voice to speak our concerns, we as the youth we will come out and show the adults (parents) that they are wrong about us. We are more than what they think we are and can be responsible with our lives.

 As a person, with the voice that AYV has given me, I will help and reach many young people especially the young positives with different issues that concern them. I will encourage them to have a voice and to talk freely about community issues, their challenges and how to overcome the challenges. I will also encourage them to have a skill of self-discovery, to have role models who inspire them in their lives and be motivated to live as their role models.

While at the workshop, I also learnt some of the 21st century skills which I found very The impact of the 2011 Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Face-to-Face Workshop on my life by Nansumba Winnie, SchoolNet Uganda AYV site, Uganda The Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) workshop has impacted in me many skills and this AYV workshop has been different from all the workshops that I have attended which were about sexuality. Really my mind had been blank when it came to anything to do with media production simply because I thought that media production was the work of movie producers and cameramen and had nothing to do with me.

Me as Winnie, I never saw myself as a media person but what I learnt in this workshop is that we do not only need media skills for filming or producing music, it is better for you to have media skills or be media literate because in case of your wedding, graduation day or even birthdays, you need to know how to instruct the camera person on how you would want your photos to look like (e.g long shots, close shots, what background) so that at the end you get what you want.

Another thing is that Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) has not only made me believe in myself as a youth, it has also given me a voice to speak out my concerns. I can now talk about any kind of issue that concerns my community. We as youth have a lot to say but in most cases, we are not given a platform or a go ahead to talk about our concerns. As a person, I think that this is because adults (e.g. our parents) do not believe in us. They look at us as a problem or trouble causers in society. Now that AYV has given us a voice to speak our concerns, we as the youth we will come out and show the adults (parents) that they are wrong about us. We are more than what they think we are and can be responsible with our lives.

As a person, with the voice that AYV has given me, I will help and reach many young people especially the young positives with different issues that concern them. I will encourage them to have a voice and to talk freely about community issues, their challenges and how to overcome the challenges. I will also encourage them to have a skill of self-discovery, to have role models who inspire them in their lives and be motivated to live as their role models.

While at the workshop, I also learnt some of the 21st century skills which I found very relevant to my life. I also learnt about the whole process of media production starting with identifying the issue, webbing, story, storyline, script writing, story boarding, hands-on which involves putting photo shots on the computer then putting in words and the narrations.

Thanks to the AYV community, most especially our facilitators. relevant to my life. I also learnt about the whole process of media production starting with identifying the issue, webbing, story, storyline, script writing, story boarding, hands-on which involves putting photo shots on the computer then putting in words and the narrations. Thanks to the AYV community, most especially our facilitators.

The impact of the 2011 Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Face-to-Face Workshop on my life by Wamanga Moses, Jinja SS AYV site, Uganda

The workshop has caused a fundamental change in my life as an AYV educator.

Monday 10th Jan 2011 was the first day of the workshop. We went through the participants’ expectations for the workshop. Personally, I had the following expectations:

  • To enable me develop the skills of editing video.
  • To share experience with educators from other AYV project sites in Uganda so as to improve my performance.
  • To get possible solutions to the challenges and problems my AYV youth artist encounter in their project work.
  • To be inspired in carrying out AYV project activities at our AYV site.
  • To discover the process of developing a digital story that can make an impact in and around our school.

All my expectations, were achieved because the training sessions were excellent, involving minds-on and hands-on approaches.

The trainers were knowledgeable, skillful and encouraging from the first day to the last day. Daniel Kakinda in particular was so inspiring and shared his personal experiences that inspired me greatly.

The workshop has:

  • Enabled me to understand the concept and the concept and the purpose of Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) better. The explanation given was excellent especially the link between AYV and iEARN.
  • Enabled me to develop the skills of video production. I used to have a problem of editing videos. It even became more difficult for me to guide students.
  • Helped me too understand how to make the youth develop a digital story. Especially the qualities of a good story, how to write a storyline and doing a storyboard. This was properly presented and I understood it very well.
  • Enabled me to understand the concept of “Create With a Purpose”. At first, we used to create media but it was a bit difficult to be focused. I will therefore guide my youth well.

Through this workshop, I was able to attend and listen to a virtual web conference about iEARN (International Education Resource Network) delivered over the Elluminate platform which was presented by Allan Kakinda from the iEARN-USA offices in New York, USA. This experience made me to develop more interest in the use of ICT in the teaching process.
My life has changed a lot after attending this workshop. I have always wanted to help the youth but in most cases, I lacked the skills and ideas to make them change for the better. From the workshop, I developed the skills of communicating to the youth to empower them carry out their projects concerning the problems in and around Jinja.

My attitude towards helping other people has improved tremendously. Previously, my concentration was on things with instant profit. But from now onwards, I think I have to serve the community first. That is why God has still left me on earth. The spirit of sharing has also increased in me.
The workshop has made to develop confidence in doing our AYV project from the beginning to the end. I can write a script and direct the making of a digital story. I am grateful to the excellent work done by the facilitators.

The impact of the 2011 Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Face-to-Face Workshop on my life by Kigozi Davis, Masindi AYV site, Uganda

I am Kigozi Davis, AYV educator, Masindi AYV site. I joined this workshop on 9th Jan 2011 and continued up to the end on Friday 14th Jan 2011.

 I render my thanks to the AYV-Uganda country coordinator, Kakinda Daniel for the wonderful work done. First and foremost, the level of organization, facilitation and accommodation were so great.

There has been an all-time Internet service at the place of the workshop which enabled me reach out to the global AYV community.

The workshop has awesomely impacted a lot on my life. I see the person in me at another level. I see my tomorrow change.

On the first day, I got to know the details of what AYV is and what it about, the process of digital storytelling; coming up with the issue, the need for the issue to be relevant to the community and digging deeper into digital storytelling.

On the second day, I managed to get more of the life skills to make me move in life. Collaboration, technical, critical media analysis skills were some of the endless skills I acquired. I also got to know what it requires to come up with a good media. I got to know the different media production stages: getting the issue, webbing, coming up with a story, story lining and storyboarding.

On the third day, I got so involved in a number of activities that were taking me somewhere into the media production. I seriously got to know and realize the skills of enhancing the expression of the youth and engaging them in discussions on issues concerning them.

Friday marked the end of the training and the different personal experiences that were shared inspired me a lot to make me part of the AYV community.

I promise that I will extend the wonderful knowledge and skills I acquired at the workshop to the youth, local community and the AYV community.

The impact of the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Face-to-Face Workshop on my life and my work by Henry Sempangi Sanyulye from Dunly Education Consults AYV site Uganda

It started as a joke to me at the first day, Monday the 10th January 2010 when I joined the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Educators face- to- face workshop where I got to learn very many thing that I didn’t know and discovering potential in me that I didn’t think I had.

The first day, I got to know what Adobe Youth Voice (AYV) was all about. I also got to learn the steps that has to be followed when creating a media starting with the planning stage, how to create the “Webbing” of the issue before doing Voices (AYV) educator and media producer in my organization, making a storyline was a new experience to me but that helped to be more effective while working on any media.

On the second day of the workshop, I learnt how to write a script following a storyline which was also a new experience to me.

On the third day I got to learn something new which I didn’t know before; how to draw a storyboard. It was the most interesting part in a way that a storyboard makes you be sure of what you want and going to do. I also learnt that its saves a lot of time during the production. I have been producing media but it was a bit challenge for me because I could go to the field when I don’t know what am going to do and I find myself coming up with other things. The following day I saw how easy producing a media with a foundation that’s to say when u have a story, a Story line and a story board it gives your media a path to follow while go in production.

In this workshop, I have learnt how wonderful and interesting it is to work in a team. Sharing ideas with others was a good thing for me for I learnt when you share an idea with someone you get enlightened on it more. I also learned how to collaborate with others while doing work which was all another achievement in my life.

Having been equipped with knowledge and skills on how to “CREATE MEDIA WITH A PURPOSE”, I will now go on and reach out to the youth and teach them the same skills I have learnt in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) workshop so that they get a voice using media to speak out their concerns.
The youth artists at our AYV site are currently working on a media on Drug Abuse which is an issue of growing concern to our community.

My life changed because of my involvement in iEARN projects by Maham Saeed

My name is Maham Saeed. I am a student at Gayaza High School in Uganda. I have been a member of iEARN (http://www.iearn.org/ ) since my senior 1 in 2008.

While in iEARN, I have been involved in two projects: Adobe Youth Voices; and People to People.

In Adobe Youth Voices, I have been involved in producing different kinds of media like proper garbage disposal, street children, climate change, and other small videos. Because of Adobe Youth Voices, I have acquired a number of soft skills like team work and technical skills like photo and video editing, video shooting, and a lot more.

As part of the People to People project, we have in collaboration with the Mathematics club in Gayaza High School moved to a neighboring Universal Primary Education (UPE) school to assist them in the learning of Mathematics since the school faces high rates of teacher absenteeism. This is one of my best projects because it involved directly creating real impact and relationships on the people in my society. Again, through participating in this project, I got to appreciate life more because I came to realize that there are people in much worse situations that me but living happily and contented.

Also under the People to People project, we embarked on a movement to provide safe & clean drinking water to people around our communities. In this movement, we get out to the community supplying water cans and Aqua Safe tablets that are used in purification and cleaning of water.

My most memorable highlight in my iEARN project work was on the World Teacher’s Day (5th October 2010) when we got an opportunity of exhibiting our work to the President of the nation.

“Thank you for being a good and concerned citizen.” said the President after listening to what I had to say.

I believe at t at that point, we moved iEARN – Uganda to a whole new level.

It was a great experience to be able to talk to the President of Uganda and show him the great work iEARN is doing for the nation through students.

The testimony with graphics can be downloaded using the link below

My life changed because of iEARN

How I have tapped the benefits of being part of the SchoolNet Uganda mailing lists by Ronald Kasendwa

My name is Ronald Kasendwa. I am a 2nd year BSc in Computer Science student at Makerere University, Kampala – Uganda. I got subscribed on SchoolNet Uganda’s mailing lists in 2007 after co-facilitating in one of their workshops.

On average, I have been receiving about 3 emails through the mailing lists per fortnight. These emails are about various subjects including but not limited to scholarships, job opportunities, and workshop reports.  On several occasions, I used not to read through those emails – and the few times I did, I wouldn’t bother following up the opportunities and information passed on to me through the mailing lists.

Around mid-2009, I eaves dropped a conversation between Daniel Kakinda and Ronald Ddungu about their international exposure and how they have utilized the communication through the mailing lists. I was really challenged by their talk and decided to start taking shots on all those opportunities that were coming afterwards.

The first opportunity I took up that was passed on through the SchoolNet Uganda mailing list  was participating in the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC). In GVC, students from three schools across the world collaboratively work together on developing a website about an issue of their choice. I participated as an educator in the 2009/2010 project cycle. My team had students from Gayaza High School (Uganda), Athens District High School (Canada), and Mt. Pleasant High School (California). Our students produced a website about “Violence in a teen’s world.”

Early 2010, I took up another opportunity that was again passed through the SchoolNet Uganda’s mailing lists. This opportunity required interested people from all over the world to apply to assist the World Bank Institute run the “EVOKE (http://www.urgentevoke.com/) – a crash course in changing the world” online game.

Luckily enough, applying for this job opportunity didn’t require any formal CVs – they were interested in applicants that had experience in moderating online communities and also those that were able to consume lots of digital media.

With my skills in media production – that I acquired while in Adobe Youth Voices and my previous experience in the Global Virtual Classroom project, I applied to work with the World Bank Institute. Luckily enough, I was taken up as a Game runner.

EVOKE was a ten week (3 months) social network game whose goal was to help empower young people all over the world, and especially young people in Africa, to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems.

While in EVOKE, I got to interact with over 2000 people from different cultures and races around the world. It was such a great experience to work with the World Bank Institute at 19 years old.

Apart from getting a honorarium as a game runner, I was invited to a 3-day EVOKE workshop which was held (28-30) Sept 2010 at the World Bank offices in Washington DC, USA. The World Bank met my cost of accommodation and ground travel while in the US. My family and I contributed my air travel costs.

Recently,  another opportunity was again passed out on the SchoolNet Uganda mailing lists from the African Commons Project  calling youths from all over Africa to submit their applications for the “My Bubble, My Space” workshop for Digital Natives to be  in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7th -9th November 2010.

I didn’t hesitate to drop in my application since I had tasted success in such opportunities. The organizers received 450 applications of which they selected 25 successful applicants. I was one of the six successful applicants from Uganda.

I was actually invited to attend the workshop. The African Commons Project is covering my costs of air travel, accommodation and part of the ground travel while in South Africa. I am now anxiously waiting to see what experience this workshop brings to me.

I urge all of the subscribed members to the SchoolNet Uganda mailing lists to always take up the opportunities passed on.

Thanks to the SchoolNet Uganda family.

My Experiences in the Adobe Youth Voices Project by Nakisukwe Medina

I am Nakisukwe Medina, iEARN learner involved in Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Project at PMM Girls’ site in Jinja, Uganda. I was interested in the project around October 2009 by Mr. Chole Richard our iEARN Educator as well as my teacher of English Language.

I joined the project with a lot of enthusiasm since there was much to learn especially in using the computer. As a youth who was given an opportunity to raise a voice of concern on issues in the world community, I was delighted to be a member of the AYV Project.

As you all know, challenges are everywhere and we can’t run away from them. Some of the challenges we faced were: being in different classes. Not only that but some students were day scholars while others were boarders. This meant that the day scholars could not make it over the weekends when we, the boarders were all free. It was therefore very difficult for us to meet all together to work on our project. The project encroached on our free times and prep times. We also faced a problem of electricity power cuts. The most challenging of all was taking long to agree on one topic.

Through the AYV project, I have got to learn many things like making a storyline, storyboarding and creating a purposeful media; I also learned to be creative and assertive. There was also the brain storming sessions which were so challenging since we had to accept every ones’ idea and at last zero on one. I also learnt to be social and think positively. It may sound funny to those who are experts but trust me, I was not confident with the computers since I knew so little that I would quake whenever I got hold of the mouse but now am a bit free with the computer equipments, thanks a lot to the project, friends and my teacher who gave me the opportunity.

Whenever you are doing something there should always be a target at the back of your mind. Our objectives were:
1. To highlight the challenges faced by young HIV/AIDS positives
2. Showing how they deal with the challenges.
3. To show that all is not lost for young HIV positives.

But as an individual my aim is to change the negative attitudes parents have towards their HIV Positive children.

Nakisukwe Medina
iEARN – Adobe Youth Voices Learner
PMM Girls’ Site, Jinja,
Uganda

The tesimony can be downloaded using the link below

Nakisukwe Medina

HOW ADODE YOUTH VOICES (AYV) HAS IMPACTED ON MY LIFE by Nakayima Aidah

I am Nakayima Aidah, a member of iEARN-AYV PMM Girls site, Jinja. I Joined this club in 2009 when I was interested by my friends; Nakisukwe Medina, Nakabugo Samantha and Bukirwa Rhamurah who invited me to join them in a meeting where I was introduced to the Co-educator AYV and he encouraged me to join .

Since I joined this club, I have leant very many things like using a using camera, a computer and the Internet.

During my stay in the club, I have faced my challenges like at school, girls nick name us funny names, and some isolate us. We have to go class and do personal reading plus discussions and yet we have to create time for our medias and meetings. There has also been a problem of slow Internet while searching, and few cameras for producing medias.

I also got an opportunity to know many different people from other areas like the Coordinator of SchoolNet Uganda and also other Adobenians from other schools like Kakira SSS, Jinja SSSs and our site ,PMM Girl’s School in a workshop which was held on 6 and 7 of May 2010 at PMM site.

Since I joined this club, I have become confident while talking to people in public, in school, communities and the place I stay. I have learnt to be courageous and social whereby you share ideas so that you get a chance of knowing many other things.

I have also leant to be responsible when given a task to accomplish that one has to do it and finish and also being co-operative while in groups so you may produce nice work.

I want to thank SchoolNet Uganda and iEARN for introducing such skills to our school, and our co-educator and the School Administration for honoring such a skill to be in our school among others schools, Thanks.

My Motto; Greatness is worked for, it is not given………….

My Learning Experiences as iEARN-Adobe Youth Voices Learner – Bukirwa Rhamulah

I am Bukirwa Rhamulah a student at PMM Girls School, Jinja, Uganda. I am an iEARN student participating in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Project.

I joined AYV in the late 2009 although I actively started participating in 2010 after attending the second AYV-face-to-face workshop which was held at Gayaza High School, Kampala from 11th to 15th January 2010. During the workshop, I was inspired by the testimonies of AYV alumni youths who shared their experiences at the first Adobe Youth Voices Summit held in California, USA. I took it as an eye opener. I left the workshop knowing that there were many things I could do other than living in the small world that I thought I had understood.

At school, the AYV members used to meet once in a while and we would discuss the way forward. We made a draft action plan in which we included organizing a face-to-face workshop which was one of our major activities. Our AYV site was able to organize the workshop where two other AYV sites in Jinja – Kakira Senior Secondary School and Jinja Senior Secondary School – were invited to participate. During the workshop, the students who had participated in the previous workshop at Gayaza High School were given an opportunity to share their experiences with the rest.

Though I participated in the Gayaza AYV workshop, there were certain skills and knowledge that remained for me to learn like the differences between a storyline and a story board and some important skills in media editing using Adobe Elements. The workshop we organized at our site therefore was an opportunity to fill the gaps.

With time I was able to produce my own media called, A Fact File of Child Abuse. I got the inspiration for this media from a poem that I had written some time back about the poor Ugandan child:

       
The Poor Ugandan Child
Oh what a child
My God!!!!
I mean
The poor Ugandan
Child.

Whose life is full
Of nothing but
Poverty!!

Life on the street
Lying on the street
Gabbage is the food
His life full of nothing
But poverty 
Oh the poor Ugandan child.

Since I was in school I wanted to use the resources available around the school environment. I made up my mind to piece up bits of newspaper headlines, comments and information from The New Vision (A leading daily in my country) from our school’s library.

I faced a challenge of slow Internet in that whenever I needed to get information I was at times hampered by its slow speed. I and my mates were also heavily challenged by the need to balance time between our AYV work and the regular school (class) work. Among the many challenges that I faced, I think lack of support from fellow students was the most challenging because I had to learn how to accept other views that were contrary to mine.

I also got a chance to talk briefly about the AYV Project during our school’s science fair which is held every year. On the strength of my media, I was invited by SchoolNet Uganda to give a testimony of my experiences as an AYV peer Educator on 18th August 2010, at a workshop organized for secondary school administrators held at Gayaza High School. I felt honored and happy at the opportunity of addressing and showcasing my media to school administrators.

Then on 15th September 2010, I and my friend, Nakabugo Samantha, were invited by the Rotary Club of Jinja to talk at the club’s fellowship about Adobe Youth Voices and our experiences under the theme:

Project Based Learning Using 21st Century Skills – The Experiences of iEARN-Adobe Youth Voices Learners of PMM Girls’ Site’

All these have been big successes for me but none of them compares to that when I almost developed wings after learning that my media, A Fact File of Child Abuse, was among the best 20 media and selected to be included in the DVD for the iEARN-AYV sites for the 2009-2010 cycle. I now feel that my media is beginning to impact on the community and I hope there is going to be a positive change.

Behind every success there are always people. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank iEARN and SchoolNet Uganda for empowering the youth with skills to express them selves freely on issues concerning them using 21st Century skills, the PMM Girls’ School administration for always being supportive whenever we needed their help, our educator, Chole Richard for he is always there to show us the way and to guide us, The New Vision for letting me use their information freely for my media, the AYV Project because before I joined it, I had never dreamt or even thought of receiving audience from school administrators or Rotarians and now the audience is worldwide. I am eager to learn more and share the little I know to my fellow peers.
          
“Winners never quit and quitters never win” That’s my motto.

Bukirwa Rhamulah
iEARN – Adobe Youth Voices Learner,
PMM Girls’ Site, Jinja,
Uganda.

The testimony can be downloaded using the link below

Bukirwa Ramulah

My Learning Experiences as iEARN -Adobe Youth Voices Learner by Nakabugo Samantha

I am Nakabugo Samantha a student and participant in Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) project at PMM Girls Site in Uganda. I joined the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) project in 2009 when my AYV Educator, Mr. Chole Richard introduced me to the project. My desire to achieve something big for myself and community motivated me to be part of the project.

Through the AYV project, I have been able to learn media based skills, appreciate the problems faced by the youth and their communities and seek ways to solve them. I also realized that I had confidence and potential to do anything like, representing my school outside, addressing my fellow youth and even addressing a bigger audience. For example I and my friend Bukirwa Rhamulah had a chance to talk about the AYV project and our experiences at a fellowship of Rotary Club of Jinja on 15th September 2010. It was my first time ever to talk to a crowd of its nature. I felt honored and it gave me confidence in my ability to address a big crowd.

However, there are always challenges even when we least expect them. As a student, I find it hard to balance the project work and my regular school activities. Power cutoffs and slow internet connectivity also hampered our progress. As a group, we found it hard when it came to decision making. Believe me its even more challenging to convince our own friends about the goodness and aims of the project.

Nevertheless, as an AYV learner I have learnt to deal with my challenges without hitting my head. You will have to rise up, prove to people what you believe in and make them follow your lead. Trust me, it has really helped me overcome my challenges.

As an iEARN learner I see my future in AYV getting brighter.

Nakabugo Samantha
iEARN – Adobe Youth Voices Learner
PMM Girls’ Site, Jinja,
Uganda.

The testimony can be downloaded using the link below
Nakabugo Samantha

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Over the years, SchoolNet Uganda has received a number of International and national awards for its contribution to ICT4D. Some of the awards are:

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  3. ICT Capacity Development Award by Uganda Communication Commission
  4. The Uganda Annual Best FOSS Integration Case Award, 2005