Three Gambian girls to represent Africa at international robotics competition



Three Gambian teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 18 have been selected to represent the continent of Africa at the FIRST Global Challenge 2018 International Robotics Competition in Mexico in August.

Amie Sankareh, Vanessa Williams and Ida Camara and their mentor, Juma Baldeh will depart The Gambia on the 15th August for the week-long competition.

According to Juma, the girls are excited to compete in the FIRST Global Challenge 2018 International Robotics Competition, which is expected to bring together high school students from different countries, aiming to increase their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), so they can become the next generation of scientific leaders.

“I run a club called Mozilla Club of HackathonGirls and First Global reached out to me. So I selected the best three girls from the age of 15 to 18 doing well in the club to go for it.”

Juma added: “Whatever happens, it will be a good learning experience for us. There will be young people from all over the work, but we will do our best to win.”

The organisers, FIRST Global’s mission is to convince the youth of the world to appreciate the tools of STEM, and to show them that if they learn to communicate, cooperate and work together, they will be able to make exciting innovations, ranging from clean water to food security, which if solved, will make the world a better place for everyone.

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Next Generation Sponsors Mozilla Club of Hackathon Girls


By Olimatou Coker

Next Generation Foundation, yesterday handed over a cash amount of D25, 000 (twenty-five thousand dalasis) to Mozilla club of Hackathon Girls.

Organised at the President’s International Award in Bakau, the cheque was designed for the girls’ summer class.

NextGen program manager Lamin Saidykan said: “We understand the money is very small but we also understand its impact is what is important here.
I have the privilege and honour to present cash amount of D25, 000.00, to Mozilla Club of Hackathon Girls.”

He pointed out that this partnership will last forever because NextGen is always here to support genuine courses in the country and the foundation has supported quite a number of young people. Saidykhan said last year NextGen supported 8 young people’s high school education.

As indicated in the MoU between the two organisations, Saidykhan said both parties agreed to partner further in the areas of education and youth development in the country.

“We are delighted to reach this historic development with Mozilla Club of Hackathon Girl,” he added.

“Three months back we had our first regional consultation on education, where we invited stakeholders to talk about the different topics. We invited the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to talk about access and opportunities in the education sector, UNESCO and other institutions.”

The founder of Mozilla Club of Hackathon Girls, Juma Baldeh, gave a brief overview of the club, which she said is coming up with a lot of initiates for young people.

“Basically, I thought of having an association where women and girls come together and work on projects that will advance IT in the Gambia,” she said.

Juma said the Club is grateful and thanked NextGen for the gesture and for being the first organisation to render support to the Club. She called on others to give her organisation a helping hand in building the capacity of girls in IT.

Source: Standard Newspaper Gambia.