Gambia

Gambia

BEGINS ON

18 November 2019

2

Days

12

Hours

31

Minutes

Hi, my name is David Jeng

NEF Ambassador – Gambia

David Jeng NEF Ambassador for The Gambia is the Founder for Bliss Executives. He is also a UNCTAD-Empretec National Certified Trainer and also serves as the Strategy Chair for NEF Community of Scientist Executive Council. He is an advocate for Sustainable development for Africa.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Gambia

The Republic of The Gambia on the west coast of Africa is located on two banks of the River Gambia. With a population of about 1.5 million, it is the smallest country on the African continent and ranks 155 out of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. The Gambia has seen tremendous developments in ICTs over the past few years. Progress has been made in telecommunications, yet the full impact of ICTs in the education sector is still yet to be realized and a draft policy is yet to be finalized. In those areas where progress has been made, the role of NGOs has been key.
The proposed Gambia National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI) Policy and Plans was designed to address the areas where ICT would facilitate the achievement of the Vision 2020 overall objective, which is to transform the nation into a middle-income country by 2020 through accelerating private sector development, restructuring economic management, developing the human capital base, and institutionalizing decentralized and democratic participatory government structures, processes, and systems. The overall objective for the policy is to “leapfrog” several stages of development by establishing a participatory approach in building human resources and a conducive environment that utilizes ICT as a platform to exchange data, information, and knowledge, and as a tool to implement applications and provide services to achieve higher growth rates in all spheres of socio-economic activities.

ASW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018

OUR 2019 PROGRAM

November

18th

PRESS CONFERENCE

10:00 – 5:00

MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

We will have a press conference to create awareness of the importance of the week and the activities we are going to embark on during the week. The press conference will be done with all stakeholders involved.

November

19th

SCIENCE EXPO

9:00 – 4:00

UNIVERSITY OF THE GAMBIA

We will organize a Science Expo in partnership with The university of The Gambia. The event should feature 10 to 30 science students and innovators with scientific projects to exhibit. The exhibitors should display interactive products and experiments. We will work with these exhibitors who will display and conduct their experiments. The student will exhibit and present their demonstrations during the fair and community members will be able to walk through the various demonstrations and engage with the exhibitors. The goal is to garner local publicity for innovation.

November

20th

TECH CAMP FOR GIRLS

10:00 – 4:00

KHAMSYS

We will conduct training on coding for girls and women, this training will be geared towards equipping them with skills in technology and also introduce them to Artificial Intelligence. This is aimed at introducing women who have never coded before to the world of technology and increasing the diversity within the industry to join us to learn how to build the internet using HTML, CSS, Python, and Django in a safe, friendly, inclusive environment Our mission is to bring more women into the tech field by making technology more approachable, simpler and friendlier. We provide tools, resources and a community that makes it easier to learn about technology.

November

21st

TRAINING ON REUSUABLE SANITARY PAD

3:00 – 5:00

BRIKAMA

We will train 30 boys and girls in the rural area on how to make a reusable sanitary pad that can be made locally. This is an issue that is affecting girls’ education at school and we also want to get boys to understand and support girl going through it.

November

22nd

NATIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION

5:00 – 8:00

MRC

This challenge event will introduce robotics to the audience members. Participants at the event will have the opportunity to touch and engage with the robotics on display. In addition, there could be a competition amongst students who will be asked to solve a problem using robotics. Students who enter the challenge and win with the best robot will be featured on the NEF and can win a prize.

November

23rd

SPOTLIGHT SESSION ON LOCAL SCIENCE HEROINES

PARADISE SUITES HOTEL

In a TED-style format or give1 talk, we will present and feature a local science or tech hero/heroine to speak to a large audience. We are going to have champions of sciences in The Gambia to speak to the youths. The purpose is to inspire youth to emulate their local science heroes and to showcase the tremendous scientific talent in one’s own community.

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