Jamlab, School of Open Chronicles

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“Crack the glass and the crack will always remain.”… I say, “Crack the mind, and the crack will always remain.”

Reaching out to the young girls in Precious Girls Riruta, I watched them as their eyes lit up with the tiniest illusion to Open Education Material. The concept was familiar, but it was with such thrill that they explored it. It took a week to penetrate into them… to explore what they knew and did not know about the world. What their contribution to it would be. Why the Internet was so powerful to them, and why the people fighting for its dignity across the seas mattered more than they thought they did. Here are a few of some of their sentiments.. In their own words….

“Funny how life is so different when you look at it at a different perspective. Thank you very much for all the wisdom you instilled in us and am sure that what we have learnt has shaped us”… Aziza Twahir

“Nothing in life matters unless you make an impact in someone’s life”. This is one of the statements made during that week that I will live to remember. I consider this one of the most important lessons that was passed on to us; a secret of true living. I believe it is upon each one of us to use all our available resources and abilities, to make an impact in society”.. Vanessa Ombura

“The one week programme made me realize the importance,comfort and beauty of having a community you can rely on ,a community that cares,and that community starts with us, it starts with you,it starts with me”.. Candy Ading

“This came in really handy in coming up with a new system of borrowing books in our library as well as a new library layout for the same. Open Educational Resources (OERs) were another area of discovery and the way in which we made this concept relevant was by taking videos of some of our classes and uploading them on the internet so as to be used by students without teachers or those who need additional material. Using Creative Commons, we learnt a new way of sharing our work with others which entails reserving some rights instead of the traditional©” .. Crystal Ogake

 

At the end, I realized that I had been not so right after all. Of course they had learnt a lot. They had explored more than their ages allowed. They could make decisions on business; they could explain why Creative Commons was so vital… why the Internet was so vital! But what we had done in one week was not introduce them to foreign mind boggled concepts. All we did unconsciously was expose them to themselves. The world out there was ready, there were tools at every corner, what they chose to keep though is the fact that their contributions were needed to make it complete!

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