Nkumba University Activation


Nkumba University

I was so excited about Last Friday and the day lived up to my expectations. My day started off at Mr. tasty (fast food joint), where I waited for my colleagues (openstreetmap crew).  We had a hearty breakfast and headed off to the taxi park (some call it taxi rank), where we picked a taxi to Entebbe. Like any other taxi ride, the journey seemed to be longer than usual.

We arrived at Nkumba University at about 12:30pm and we had about an hour to kill before the activation. We decided to treat ourselves to  lunch as we discussed our program for the day. The activation started thirty minutes later than we expected, but it took off with a bang. There were over 60 students who were enthusiastic about the presentations and the remote mapping we carried out.

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After the openstreetmap activation we then moved on to the Wikipedia activation. I made a presentation explaining the need to use Wikipedia as students of Nkumba University. After which we opened Wikipedia accounts and created user pages. We used the Nkumba University page to show how one could edit on Wikipedia. Time was not on our side, but the students managed to get a better understanding of Wikipedia.  This experience has taught me that I would need more than an hour for a group activation of over 60 people. And that people out there are quit eager to learn more about the open movement and open initiatives.


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