In today’s digital landscape, understanding open knowledge and digital citizenship is crucial for navigating the online world effectively and responsibly. A recent session delved into these vital topics, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive in the digital age.

The session commenced with an introduction to open knowledge, highlighting its significance in the digital space. Open knowledge refers to the free and unrestricted access to information, ideas, and resources. This concept is essential in promoting collaboration, innovation, and progress.

Maxwell Beganim, lead of Open Knowledge Ghana and coordinator of the Open Knowledge Network Anglophone Africa Hub, facilitated an interactive discussion on digital citizenship, exploring its various elements and internet knowledge. Digital citizenship encompasses the rights, responsibilities, and skills required to navigate the digital world safely and ethically. The discussion covered critical aspects such as online privacy, security, and etiquette, empowering participants to become responsible digital citizens. This is part of Open Knowledge Ghana’s mandate to help build a world open by design where all knowledge is accessible to everyone against the backdrop of the Open Knowledge Foundation vision.

Kiwix Tool: A Game-Changer for Accessing Knowledge

Ruby D. Brown, Project Coordinator at Open Knowledge Ghana, took participants on a journey through the Kiwix tool, demonstrating its usage and importance. Kiwix is an offline Wikipedia reader, providing access to a vast repository of knowledge even without internet connectivity. This tool is particularly valuable for individuals with limited or no internet access, bridging the knowledge gap and promoting digital inclusivity.

Ruby further took participants through an overview of Wikipedia and met the critical needs of information literacy.

The session culminated with participants installing the Kiwix tool on their laptops, ensuring they have a valuable resource at their fingertips. With Kiwix, users can access a vast library of knowledge, including Wikipedia articles, books, and educational resources, even without internet connectivity.

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Ghanaian Wikimedian empowers students with offline educational app

Beginning in February 2020, Ghanaian Wikimedian Maxwell Beganim and a community volunteer Boakye Otuo Acheampong started using Kiwix and offline Wikipedia

The session successfully empowered participants of the LIFE legacy Project with a deeper understanding of open knowledge and digital citizenship. By embracing these concepts and leveraging tools like Kiwix, individuals can navigate the digital landscape with confidence, responsibility, and a commitment to lifelong learning. As we continue to evolve in the digital age, we must prioritize digital literacy, inclusivity, and access to knowledge, ensuring that everyone can thrive in the online world.

The Life Legacy project in Ghana is by Paradigm Initiative with Internet Society Ghana Chapter as the country implementation partner. LIFE is an acronym for Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. The project is aimed at building the capacity of underserved youth in communities. Paradigm Initiative implements this program through its partners in countries across Africa.