Training on adding content of African Women on Wikipedia

21317464_10155465457800801_8096038502133548380_nWe need to be able to tell our own stories. Wikipedia is the single store of human knowledge the world has ever seen.

The biggest gap in Wikipedia is content from Sub Saharan Africa. The other challenge is content on African Women. If we want to change the narrative and make our voices heard then we must put up factual information on what goes on and content on amazing people on the continent.
We must do this to raise our profile and document our success and stories for today and tomorrow.

We organized a training as part of the #WikilovesWomen project to add more content of African Women on Wikipedia. It was a really good learning experience. We trained participants on how to add an edit content on wikipedia, the creative commons movement and how to properly cite references etc. There was a challenge set to determine the perosn who could put up the most articles on Wikipedia. It was won by Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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Our CEO is interviewed by Bishop TD Jakes

21271181_10155461538950801_6580906179921386134_nTestimonial of from our CEO on experience being interviewed by Bishop TD Jakes.

I am at home when I get a message that Bishop TD Jakes would like to interview me. Interview me! I was shocked. I had seen the billboard that he would be in town and I thought it would be amazing to meet him.That was just a thought. Fast forward I am with him today at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra Ghana at the executive lounge. He says Regina I read your bio and I am so impressed with the work you are doing and starting Soronko Academy. How does it feel to have such global presence. He has such presence. I am so nervous but feel very stylish and confident in my beautiful Vlisco dress. This is a Great Man of God, Bishop of the The Potters House, an inspirational speaker,an author, filmmaker and a powerful presence.This was the best interview I have ever had. I left the room with a renewed sense of purpose. He lifted my spirit. He then says we will invite you to America to bring your work in STEM to African American children in our church.

He asked do you believe God has annointed you for the work that you do. My answer is a huge Yes. All I can say is I am simple girl who dared to chase her dream. God has taken me and my dream to amazing heights. I thank Raymond HonuDelphina AgyareAnnette AgyareLeticia AmavihPearl Ama Amoateng for the work that you do. I am the face but my Soronko team is the powerhouse that delivers exceptional results.

Graduate a new generation of Coders

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The second group for the Special Course came to an end on Friday 18th August 2017. After an intensive 6 weeks of studying Computer Basics, Blogging, Web development & Design and Mobile Application Development.
The first two weeks started with basic computer skills where the students were taught the basic components of the computer. Blogging was also a focus of the course, as the children were taught to create their own blogs.
In addition, participants were taken through human-centered design, which brought out their innovative skills and also taught them about effective and productive teamwork.
The excitement and eagerness to learn more was very evident.

The next few weeks, they built websites of their own interest. These websites included themes like sports, baking, entertainment, health, fashion, education and many more. Ebo Sompa, who happened to be the only student to have studied mobile app development, built a very educative mobile application. Each student gave an account of what they had learnt from classes by presenting on the various websites they had built.

All in all, it has been an exciting and educative experience. It has also been fulfilling seeing these wonderful young people learn new and valuable skills at Soronko Academy for their future.
We wish them all the very best in all their endeavors!

Rope Climbing to Build the Team

20989244_10155426197235801_7847065336768935463_oAt Soronko Academy, we believe a team that works well together understands the interests, strength and weaknesses of each member. This understanding helps us work well towards the future progress of the Academy.
In light of this, we had a team building activity at the Legon Botanical Gardens on August 17, 2017.
The Soronko team decided to partake in the adventure rope course fused together with zip lining.

The rope course has a lot of benefits some of which are, upper body strength, team building and boosting one’s self confidence.
The rope course was quite challenging for some of the Soronko team members but they were ready to prove themselves. Some members were tensed, frightened yet they never gave up instead they pushed to the end. Some were also not moved by these challenges but rather strived to make their teams the best.
Undeniably, it was a fun filled day and a great learning experience.

I.C.T Session with girls at CoFA

20690196_1011496932326676_4324325781450082566_oA team from Soronko Academy led a 2-hour I.C.T. session with girls who were part of the 2017 cohort of the annual CofA camp. The session which took place at the University of Ghana Computing Systems (UGCS) involved about 60 girls and their mentors.

College for Ama (CofA) is a charity in Ghana whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for adolescent girls in rural areas of Ghana to attain college education. Every year, CofA runs a Summer Camp for girls from deprived, rural areas of Ghana. They receive extra tuition in academic subjects, including Mathematics, General Science, English and ICT. During the camp, equal importance is given to creativity and innovation: two essential life skills, both for personal and professional development.

As part of CofA’s mission to provide opportunities for the girls, Our CEO(Mrs. Regina Honu) began the session by introducing the girls to coding, it’s importance and the many opportunities available to them should they decide to pursue a career in coding. We played the “bash game” where the winner received a prize. They were then taken through basic ICT skills including speed typing.

The session was both educational and fun for the CofA girls and the Soronko team.

Innovation Hackathon with General Electric Ghana

IMG-20170810-WA0047We had an amazing innovation hackathon with General Electric Ghana Volunteers and children from the Nima Cluster of Schools. They where tasked to use big data to gather data on dumsor and suggest ways of using this data to solve dumsor. All the teams had brilliant ideas!! They all learnt to code for the first time. It was a fun session and the children did amazing presentations, websites and won amazing prizes. They were also sponsored by General Electric Ghana to have free coding classes at the academy. We ended the event with using the new drone technology provided by Align Media Consult a Soronko Solutions partner to capture video content at greater heights. Special thanks to General Electric Ghana, our amazing mentors and mentees and the incredible Soronko Academy team. Here is a link to a video on the workshop https://youtu.be/bQa82dHgL_o