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.
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,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.
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.