Kumusha Bus Day 2

Kumusha Bus Day 2 started with an Open Education Resource presentation by Melikte Paulos who was quite engaged in the IT business sector as a web and mobile app developer.Melikte presentation was followed by a discussion that questioned and debated the practicability of OER in Ethiopia.

During the debate of OER in Ethiopia,our audiences raised infrastructure,public awareness,internet access as a challenge that limits people from accessing OER. Creating OER by revising and editing current open educational resources in a way  that fits with the current existing reality.As a result few initiatives were showcased  http://www.fidel.et/login/?next=/ http://www.temarinet.com/.

We have also discussed the need to design and disseminate OER that can be accessible offline that can fit to the country cultural and economic reality and in this regard Siyavula a South African  initiative was applauded for their impact in reaching out part of a society that can’t afford to have books in tablet.


The afternoon session started with a question what is the objective of Kumusha Bus a question raised by Nebiyu Sultan communication Vice President for AIESEC Ethiopia and he added “what will happen after one week activation,do we all go back to where we came from and forget Kumusha?”,as a result he suggested calling for more strategic approach towards creating a community that sustain Open Knowledge.

Following the suggestion we all agreed to start evaluating the challenges on Social Media,Addis Computer Science 4 High-school Students,CC,OER,Wikimedia and were able to come up with the challenges we identify and the role we can play as individual and representative of our organizationImageImage.ImageImage

Kumusha Bus Addis Day One








DSC05837The morning session for Kumusha Bus Addis kicks-of at GIZ headquarter in attendance with participants from Sheger Media,AIESEC,Addis Ababa University,HilCoE College,CCL,CC.
The fist presentation was introduction by Abel Asrat,Wikipedian In Residence about the kumusha.
Nadja Shashe presented the role of social media in educating the youth.Which sparked interesting discussion with the challenges and misuse of social media in Ethiopia.

Fasika Minda,Google Student Alumni and a project manager for a project that relates education with technology discussed the importance of working with highschool students.
For the afternoon Simone shared his experience from Kenya related to CC,Open Source and Open Data.The participants were very curios and amazed to learn about the difference that exist between Kenya and Ethiopia with regards to Open Source,Internet………..
We wrap up the Kumusha Bus Addis day one activity by signing up participants with Wikipedia Account.We were also interviewed by Sheger FM,the popular private FM media.During hte intereview I was asked to mention the importance of wikipedia,open source and it’s status in Ethiopia.
http://www.shegerfm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/SHEGER-FM-1021-RADIO/183628639615
Here You will find important links related to today topics
Hour of code – http://learn.code.org/s/1/level/2
creative commons – http://creativecommons.org/
KCPE Trends – http://apps.openinstitute.com/kcpetrends/
REgitration for voting app – http://www.gottovote.code4kenya.org

WikiIndaba 2014-Johannesburg

Who would have thought Africa will be one of the leading continent when it comes to mobile sector booming but recent growth figure in all sector is also proving Africa is not only the future to hold on but it has already becomes the present hub for immense transformation.
For the first time in Africa,Wikipedians from the continent will gather in Johannesburg to discuss various aspect of Wikpedia vs Africa and we encourage active Wikpedia users in Ethiopia as well as the rest of Africa to apply for the WikiIndaba conferece.
You can get all the detail by following these link


Ethiopian Higher Education system encounters a bigger challenge when it comes to woman enrollment.The enrollment rate of woman’s to universities in regards to male is much lower while the rate of female students who got expelled from the universities is much higher than the boys.
The low enrolling capacity and high expelling rate of woman’s in the university was the main reason behind initiation of SIM also known as Social Innovation Mentors http://socialinnovationmentors.wordpress.com/.SIM was initiated by CCL(Creative Center for Leadership) http://socialinnovationmentors.wordpress.com/
The 12 month program from CCL that fosters leadership, entrepreneurship and service through a mentoring approach.The institute that was chosen to carry out the training is EIABC(Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Campus) along with ICE Addis (Innovation Collaboration and Entrepreneurship).
The tailored activation activated the selected female students through training like Identity Mapping that enables them to look into themselves and also to have an entrepreneurial approach by making products that can easily be made and can become marketable.
The activation of SIM didn’t just stop at 26 girls only rather the 26 selected girls went back to their former high-school and each activated around 26 girls to make everlasting impact on their society.

Meet Cyriac Gbogou

Born in 1980 at the town of Soubre-Cote d’Ivoire Cyriac Gbogou started his school life by studying in several countries like Togo,Senegal,Congo-Brazzaville and these all traveling happened because his father works in the Airline Industry “Air Afrique” as a result Cyriac became a pan-africanist and open minded. Cyriach works as an independent worker in Digital Communication and he is also a Chairman of practice in aviation before he became a Wikipedian Community and a blogger.
Cyriac believed in serving his community which makes him passionate about as a result he assist high school students in Tech areas.
when it comes to success Cyriac always express the happiness and joy he brought to his community as an achievement for instance using CIVSOCIAL Initiative he was able to save 82 people lives during social unrest in his country election.His biggest failure is when he fail to succeed in his plan for his community.Cyriac considers he had a failure in this year for not succeeding in enrolling 50 children in a village but financial shortage affected his plan.
Cyriac dream is to witness a united Africa

Let’s Get Open

Let’s Get Open,what would you make of these term Let’s Get Open am I referring to the opening of some sort of business and facility or am I just asking people to be frank and open about their life  starting  from sharing their ATM code till their email password .But it’s up to me and the people to make sure the term usage of Open is understand clearly among the public.

The following definition in wikipedia can be helpful in making our vague perception about Open and Open  Source.To avoid misunderstanding it’s great always to use the term Open Source not just Let’s Get Open that could mean anything.

open source as a development model promotes a) universal access via free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and b) universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.”


Having a clear understanding about Open Source makes you protected from viral and tricky adverts that want to exploit you by referring the term Open without having a connection whatsoever with Open Source.

Some argue that the government is not open to open source idea and I like to use these analogy a door can’t open it’s  self unless you insert a key and make an effort but once when they understand it they will make the door of information to accessible like a shadow responsive doors that opens by your presence.

We have the responsibility to make the government understand about the benefits of open source rather than blaming the status quo without making an effort to change.



Now I assume you all have a better understanding about Open Source.

Open Movement

I still couldn’t find the appropriate term to what open space stands for but It can be a platform that allows people to access contents and materials openly or it can be a social gathering and movement toward knowledge and experience sharing.

eLearning Ethiopia social network was established with the aim of introducing eLearning technology and methods to Ethiopian Universities and TVET colleges in 2009. http://elearningethiopia.ning.com/

The programme was mainly successful in one of the first  universities it was initiated called EiABC(Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building and Construction).In 2011 EIABC received international quality label for it’s elearning programme in Berlin.


The other similar social network platform that was built targeting University student is Temari Net which means Student Net.The programme was initiated by DKT a company that takes the lion share in the condom supply in Ethiopia.As part of their community awareness creation programme they initiated http://www.temarinet.com to activate students.The platform allows students to have access to numerous books,educational videos and also reward students with prizes.

Social gathering events like http://www.tedxaddis.com and barcamp Ethiopia are also attracting a larger crowd who is very keen to network,connect and share ideas.


Embassies like the US also provide a special space called IRC(Information Resource Center) that allows people to have access to journal publications,books and literature materials from US.


Access to Open Source and Open Source Movement in Ethiopia is affected by factors like low internet connectivity,strict media regulations,non existing standard libraries and so on.


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