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HACKATHON FOR DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD (DAC)

THEME:

Innovation with Children on the Role of Technology in Education Reforms

About

Theme:

Since 1991, the African child has been celebrated on the 16th of June with the main agenda being enhancing the wellbeing of the child. This special day was put in place by the Organization of African Union (OAU) which looked to commemorate the death of children as a result of their championing for their rights on the 16th of June, 1976 Soweto Uprising.

To mark the annual event, the African Union through the Africa Committee of Experts on The Rights and Welfare of the Child has set the theme for the year 2024 to be Education for all children in Africa: the TIME IS NOW.This theme underscores the importance of having all African children educated in different areas and sectors of their lives. The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child under Article 11(1) states that ‘Every child shall have the right to an education’.

Hakathon

Realizing that it is important to have education reforms to properly realize our human capital development, Mtoto News proposes a proactive engagement of children for the commemoration of the Day of the African Child (DAC 2024). Held in Nairobi on the 27th of June, the one-day hackathon seeks to bring approximately 30 children from across Nairobi county and its environs who will use both existing and new mechanisms to develop new tools and solutions for education reforms and innovation for the African child.

The hackathon is an opportunity for children to harness their creativity and innovation showing that they too are part of the solution to their education concerns, a part that takes 80% of their lives. It is also an opportunity to showcase that their solutions can have a meaningful impact.

Objectives

Focus on Education:

Aligned with the African Union’s 2024 theme of “Education for all children in Africa: the TIME IS NOW,” the hackathon will focus on developing innovative solutions for improving access to quality education, promoting inclusive learning environments, and leveraging technology to enhance educational outcomes.

Empowering Youth

Hackathon will empower young people to contribute to solving challenges related to education. This aligns with the Day of the African Child’s emphasis on celebrating and advocating for the rights and well-being of children. 

Leveraging Technology

Hackathon will encourage the use of technology to address educational challenges, such as developing educational apps, creating online learning platforms, or utilizing artificial intelligence for personalized learning experiences

Our Approach to the Hackathon

We will have the proposed hybrid hackathon Marathon start on Saturday, 22nd June 2024 at 2:00 pm EAT and end on Wednesday, 26th June 2024. Up until 26th, the hackathon will take place virtually with a culmination happening on 26th at the Microsoft ADC in Westlands, Nairobi Kenya.

Children will hack solutions on education reforms with the use of technology in terms of:

Before The Hack

During the Hack

After the Hack

Hybrid Hackathon programme

Time Topic Facilitator
1400- 1420
Arrival and Introduction
Moraa/Atulo
1420- 1430
Opening Remarks
Mtoto News
1430- 1520
Introduction, Expectations, and norm-setting

Mtoto News, Microsoft, and partners
Introduction to Digital Literacy
What is Online Safety?
Jennifer Kaberi
Selemani Kinyunyu
Collins Orono
1520- 1530
Ice-Breaker
Atulo
1530- 1630
Day of the African Child 2024 and its relation to the hackathon theme “Innovation with Children on the Role of Technology in Education Reforms.”

What and why the hackathon? Explaining the different solution areas to the participants
Grouping into various breakaway rooms
Brian King

Jennifer Kaberi
1630 - 1700
Demo for Breakout Rooms & Grouping
Jennifer and Atulo
1700
Debrief and Closing
Mtoto News

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BREAK ON SUNDAY TO RESUME MONDAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Time Topic Facilitator
1400- 1430
Arrival and Introduction
Moraa/Atulo
1430- 1500
Expectations, and Norm-setting
Recap
Expectations from participants
Atulo
1500- 1600
Hacking Starts

Participants get into various breakaway rooms
Group discussions in the breakaway rooms on the six different solution areas
Mentors
1600- 1610
Ice-Breaker
Atulo
1610- 1650
Group discussions in the breakaway rooms on the six different solution areas (Cont…)
Mentors
1650 - 1700
Ice-Breaker and Interaction Session
Jennifer and Atulo
1700
Debrief and Closing
Mtoto News
Time Topic Facilitator
1400- 1430
Arrival and Introduction
Moraa/Atulo
1430- 1500
Expectations, and Norm-setting
Recap
Expectations from participants
Atulo
1500- 1600
Hacking Starts

Participants get into various breakaway rooms
Group discussions in the breakaway rooms on the six different solution areas
Mentors
1600- 1610
Ice-Breaker
Atulo
1610- 1650
Group discussions in the breakaway rooms on the six different solution areas (Cont…)
Mentors
1650 - 1700
Ice-Breaker and Interaction Session
Jennifer and Atulo
1700
Debrief and Closing
Mtoto News
Time Topic Facilitator
1000-1030
Arrival and Registration at Microsoft
Atulo/Moraa/Catherine
1030-1040
Refreshments
Microsoft
1040-1045
Ice Breaker
Atulo
1045-1100
Introduction from Representative at Microsoft & Representative at Mtoto News Int’l Expectations, and Norm-setting Recap Expectations from participants
Selemani, Jennifer and Atulo
1100-1300
Groups in the different solution areas with the mentors taken in the different areas that have microsoft projects.
Microsoft
1300-1350
Health Break
Microsoft
1350-1400
Ice Breaker
Omar/Atulo
1400-1445
Hacking Continues


Participants get into their assigned various breakaway rooms

Group discussions continue in the breakaway rooms on the different solution areas
Mentors
1445-1530
Group presentations
Participants
1530-1540
Judges discussions on the presentations
Judges
1540-1545
Judges pick a winner
Judges
1545-1600
Photo Session
Mtoto News & Microsoft
1600-1630
Closing Remarks
Microsoft & Mtoto News