|Digital Grassroots first cohort of the Community Leaders program.|
In 2018, between February and April 2019, we launched the first ever Digital Grassroots Ambassadors program in order to respond to our broader vision to 'increase digital citizenship in local communities.' You can read our cohort 1 report here.
This February, we are excited to launch the pilot Digital Grassroots Community Leaders program. In six weeks, we will train 7 Digital Grassroots Ambassadors foundation basics on how to be internet leaders in their local communities and drive positive change through community building, engagements and networking. Each community leader will be given an individual mentor who they will work with even beyond the program.
Our community leaders hail from countries that are underrepresented and under-served in the Internet Governance space. This means a dire lack of representation of young people, diverse digital rights abuses and a wide digital gap.
We hope this pilot Community Leaders program is the first step we, as youth, can take in increasing digital citizenship in these communities. We are proud to have maintained gender balance in the Community Leaders program as with our Digital Grassroots Ambassadors program.
Our next call for the Digital Grassroots Ambassadors will open in late March 2019.
Meet our 2019 Digital Grassroots Community Leaders (in alphabetical order):
Awuor has a background in community mobilizing from her time in Kenya Model United nations between 2010 and 2013. She is a leader at SCOHRA Society, an organization that advocates for human rights awareness by mobilizing students through Human Rights education. She is passionate about creating content in Local languages creating more access to information available online. She completed the first cohort of the Digital Grassroots ambassador program in 2018, became a member of ISOC Kenya and attended the Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance, Nairobi in 2018 which piqued her interest in Internet Governance and access. Awuor is a freelance facilitator focused on participatory techniques for inclusive decision making and a mentor at Girls for the World (Girlsftw), a global network that seeks to empower young women through mentorship and co-learning.
Confucius Caradoc Bedzina
Confucius is a digital skills trainer with Wineloya Digital Advertising Company, he owns a tech firm called Digital Technology Incorporated. He is also a blogger and has signed being training youth in various aspects of the tech world.
Eric Morgen Moyo
Eric Morgen Moyo is a community development practitioner with special interest in advocacy on issues affecting youths, which include, Digital Citizenship, Social protection, Education, Career & Business Development, and Internet Governance. Also an Agricultural Scientist by profession. (Notable affiliations:- Digital Grassroots Alumnus; Young African Leaders Initiative 'YALI' Alumnus; Zimbabwe- British Council Youth Task Force; Internet Society Zimbabwe Chapter Member)
LIAH SHONHE: is a Masters graduate in Archives and Records management and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Library and Information Studies. Her research interests are; knowledge/information management, mobile technologies, ICTs & education, digital libraries, EDRMS, staff motivation, organizational culture, gender issues and change management. Pertaining to work experience, Liah has been a teaching assistant at the University of Botswana for three academic years in the Department of Library and Information Studies and for one academic year at the Communication and Study Skills Unit. She is currently the acting chairperson of the Records and Information Association in Botswana (RIAB) and a member of the Botswana Library Association (BLA).
Mahum holds her BE in Software Engineering and currently works as an IT Consultant. She is passionate about community building and civic innovation. She is a youth fellow of Asia Pacific Network Information Center and joined digital grassroots as an ambassador in 2018.
De La Providence Baraka
Providence Baraka is a young Congolese activist graduated in Computer Science and Management, believing into the power of making positive change through an efficient use of Digital tools among young people. From writing posts on various online medias in DR CONGO to a global activist involved in many youth led initiatives, I ended up by discovering a high passion to build strong communities having an awareness raised about the Internet so they can make great changes such as : Promoting peace, Make governments accountable, Fight against Corruption, Raise up the Civic participation and so on.
Ruth Atim is a feminist, digital security trainer and Journalist based in Gulu District in Northern Uganda. As a feminist, she has been able to train and empower the girl child on how to keep safe online. She recently founded “The Gender Initiative-Uganda”, a Community based organization that empowers girls and young women to enjoy their social, economic and political rights, and walking in the fullness of their potential. As a digital security trainer, Ruth has been able to train her fellow journalist on keeping safe online and keeping their work safe from prying eyes. She is a fellow with Akina Mama wa Africa, a feminist leadership program where she has been able to train her fellow journalists on how to report on Gender Based Violence. She is also a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumnus, a leadership program for Barrack Obama, she’s also a safe sister fellow- a program by the Defend Defenders to raise tech savvy women.