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January 2021

#EchoesFromLIFE: HOW ENECHUKWU CHIBUIKE BECAME A WEB DEVELOPER.

By | AbaLIFE, Echoes From Life, L.I.F.E.

Graduating from secondary school, I was gripped with fear because I did not know what else to do with my life. Learning Computer Science (theoretically) in secondary, I developed an interest in tech, but each time I think of my family background, I get discouraged.

During our visit to National High School, Aba, we met Enechukwu Chibuike. Unfortunately, he was not selected to participate in the newly introduced Digital Inclusion (LIFE@School) Club in his school, a Digital Inclusion initiative powered by Paradigm Initiative (PIN).

Enechukwu Chibuike, undergoing training, LIFE 2019 at PIN’s Digital Inclusion Centre in Aba, South-East Nigeria

Immediately Chibuike finished his final exams he rushed to PIN’s Digital Inclusion Centre in Aba, South-East Nigeria. He enquires how much it will cost to undergo the training. He was full of doubt when told the training is free of charge. He reluctantly applied for the second batch of 2019. He was interviewed and was selected. But in doubt, Chibuike ensured that his mother attends the parent/guardian orientation. He spent ten weeks in the center, ensuring he comes early to sit in the front seat. He learned Life skills, ICT, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship.  

In his own words, “The training is an eye-opener to me in ICT, life, industry and otherwise. It helped me to discover the opportunities surrounding me and how to make effective use of them. It made me realize that being an entrepreneur is not just owning a business but the ability to find problems and provide solutions to them. 

Enechukwu Chibuike, undergoing training, LIFE 2019 at PIN’s Digital Inclusion Centre in Aba, South-East Nigeria

Among the modules taught, Chibuike developed a strong interest in web development. “During the training, I developed an interest in web development, learned HTML, CSS, and JAVASCRIPT fundamentals of MySQL and PHP.

Immediately after he graduated from the training program, he got an internship program with LearnFactory Nigeria, also a tech hub in Aba. “The coronavirus pandemic disrupted my internship program. Notwithstanding the pandemic and the global lockdown, I have ‘switched’ to the ‘new normal’ – e-learning/virtual learning.   

I have added a few new programming languages to my skills as I look forward to becoming a full-stack web developer in no time. These new programming languages are React.js, Apollo, and GraphQL. 

 

LE FLASH: Paradigm Initiative Dévoile DRIF21 à Travers une Conférence de Presse Virtuelle.

By | Advocacy, Digital Rights, DRIF, ICT Policy

Le vendredi 15 janvier, Paradigm Initiative, a organisé une conférence de presse virtuelle pour lancer officiellement la 8e édition du Forum sur les Droits Numériques et l’Inclusion baptisé DRIF21 avec la participation de plusieurs journalistes de toute l’Afrique. La conférence visait à annoncer l’ouverture des inscriptions de DRIF21, du 18 janvier au 18 février 2021.

Sur le panel, une équipe de Paradigm Initiative constituée de Adeboye Adegoke, responsable du programme des droits numériques, Thobekile Matimbe, Community Manager et Tosin Abolaji, responsable du programme de l’inclusion numérique, a éclairé les représentants des médias sur la raison d’être et ce qui fait de DRIF21 un événement très attendu. Le panel a également annoncé lors de la conférence que DRIF21 va devenir continental et sera co-organisé par plusieurs autres organisations dans 12 pays africains. Les pays hôtes comprennent la Somalie, l’Éthiopie, l’Ouganda, le Soudan du Sud, le Kenya, la Tanzanie, le Tchad, le Nigéria, la Namibie, le Cameroun, la Zambie et la République centrafricaine.

DRIF21 est l’événement phare de Paradigm Initiative qui se déroulera du 12 au 30 avril 2021. Il convient de noter que DRIF21 sera un mélange de sessions virtuelles et physiques. L’événement sera retransmis en direct sur les plateformes de médias sociaux de PIN. DRIF21 est organisé selon un modèle qui célébrera les communautés multi-pays et qui contribuent à la promotion des droits numériques et de l’inclusion en Afrique.
Le Forum sur les Droits Numériques et l’inclusion (DRIF) est une plateforme importante où les conversations sur la politique numérique en Afrique sont façonnées, les orientations politiques débattues et les partenariats forgés pour l’action.

Pour plus d’informations sur DRIF21, cliquez ICI.

Envie d’assister à DRIF21? Inscrivez-vous ICI.

Pour toute autre demande, envoyez-nous un e-mail: drif@paradigmhq.org

NEWS BRIEF: PARADIGM INITIATIVE (PIN) HOLDS MEDIA PARLEY TO KICKSTART DRIF21

By | Advocacy, Digital Rights, DRIF

Paradigm Initiative on Friday, January 15th, organized a virtual media parley to officially kick start the 8th edition of Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum dubbed DRIF21. The virtual media parley attended by journalists from across Africa announced the start of registration for the event programmed for January 18th – February 18th, 2021.

On the panel to enlighten media representatives on the raison d’etre and what makes DRIF21 an anticipated event were, Paradigm Initiative’s Senior Program Manager Mr. Adeboye Adegoke in charge of Digital Rights, Mrs. Thobekile Mathimbe PIN’s Community Manager, and Mr. Tosin Abolaji, Programs Manager in charge of Digital Inclusion. It was highlighted in the media parley that DRIF21 is going continental and will be co-hosted by several other organizations in 12 African countries. The hosting countries include Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Chad, Nigeria, Namibia, Cameroon, Zambia, and the Central African Republic.

DRIF21 is the Paradigm Initiative flagship event that will run from April 12 – 30, 2021. Worthy to note is that DRIF21 will be a mixture of both virtual and in-person sessions. The event will be transmitted live on pin’s social media platforms. The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated, and partnerships forged for action. DRIF21 is organized under a model that will celebrate the multi-country communities that contribute to promoting digital rights and inclusion in Africa.

For more information about DRIF21, Click HERE.

Want to attend DRIF21? Register HERE.

For other inquiries, reach out to the DRIF21 team via e-mail: drif@paradigmhq.org

 

Press Release: Paradigm Initiative Opens DRIF21 Registration.

By | Press Release

Paradigm Initiative is thrilled to announce the opening of registration for the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum, 2021 starting on Monday, January 18th to Thursday, February 18th, 2021. DRIF21 will run from April 12th to 30th, 2021 with a series of virtual and in-person country interactions in 12 African Countries. DRIF is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. It hosts diverse skills and capacities for enhancing digital rights and inclusion within the African continent and beyond.  

“In this 8th edition, PIN looks forward to co-hosting 12 in-person DRIF21 sessions with 13 partners in the following countries; Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Chad, Nigeria, Namibia, Cameroon, Zambia, and the Central African Republic”, says PIN Community Manager, Thobekile Matimbe. “This will be an extraordinary platform so timely in these COVID-19 times when deliberations on digital rights and inclusion have become most urgent”, she added. 

DRIF21 will commence with a Virtual Open Day on April, 12th 2021, followed by a series of in-person sessions, and end with virtual closing sessions on April 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2021. This will be a distributed multi-country festival!

Paradigm Initiative is pleased to announce its partnership with the following organisations hosting in-person sessions for DRIF21; 

Digital Shelter in Somalia, Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organisations in Ethiopia, Digital Human Rights Lab in Uganda, Koneta Initiative in South Sudan, Zaina Foundation in Tanzania, Internet Society Chad Chapter, Conseil des Panafricanistes du Tchad in Chad, Namibia Digital Foundation in Namibia, Internet pour tous en Centrafrique in Central African Republic, TechHerNigeria, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, A&E Law Partnership and Edunovative Concept, and Consultancy in Nigeria. In-person sessions will only be attended by a limited number of participants within the specific countries in line with COVID-19 in-country guidelines and live-streamed on social media platforms. In extending the DRIF21 conversations globally, PIN is also excited to partner with a diverse range of virtual session hosts including Media Defence, the Global Network Initiative, AIRA, CIPESA, and the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute. 

PIN invites diverse businesses, civil society, the technical community, academia, government, and private sector to register to attend these enriching engagements on the following platform https://drif.paradigmhq.org/registration/. 

For inquiries on attending in-person country sessions, please email drif@paradigmhq.org

 

Press Release: Paradigm Initiative Condemns Uganda Internet Shutdown.

By | Press Release

Paradigm Initiative condemns, in the strongest terms possible, the directive by the Uganda Communications Commission ordering a temporary “Suspension of the Operation of Internet Gateways” allegedly in the exercise of its functions, under Sections 5(1) and 56 of the Uganda Communications Act of 2013. As a result of this directive, major internet service providers such as MTN and Airtel Uganda have issued communications to the effect that they have complied as ordered. 

As is now characteristic of African governments during elections and specifically on election day, it is unfortunate but not surprising that the Government of the Republic of Uganda elected to shut down the internet connectivity just a day before the general elections scheduled for the 14th of January 2021. 

This action to block internet access in Uganda is a blatant violation of regional and international standards on freedom of expression and access to information. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it glaring that internet access is an enabler for accessing health care and education. An attack on internet access is clearly a violation of human rights. Article 9 (1) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights provides for access to information as the right to receive information and is echoed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights under Article 19(2). The government of Uganda must promote access to information and freedom of expression through unhindered access to the internet. 

 In terms of Principle 37 of the Declaration of Principles On Freedom Of Expression And Access To Information In Africa States must facilitate the rights to freedom of expression and access to information online and the means necessary to exercise these rights and must recognise that universal, equitable, affordable and meaningful access to the internet is necessary for the realisation of freedom of expression, access to information and the exercise of other human rights. Furthermore, PIN calls on the government of Uganda to adhere to the objective of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance under Article 2(10) to promote the establishment of the necessary conditions to foster citizen participation, transparency, access to information, freedom of the press and accountability in the management of public affairs. An open internet will ensure this compliance as well as the promotion of human rights under article 4 of the same. 

We urge the Ugandan authorities to respect their citizens’ right to, among others, access to information as guaranteed by the relevant Ugandan laws as well as the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. 

Vacancy – Human Resource Officer

By | DigitalJobs

We are looking for a brilliant individual to join our Human Resources team. The successful candidate will report to the Human Resource Manager and lend full support to Paradigm Initiative’s teams on tasks related to human resources which includes recruitment, staffing, training and development, performance monitoring.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Recruitment
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of the recruitment system and tools for vacancy management, and the maintenance of standards, interview procedures, and protocols.
    • Prepare notices and advertisements for vacant staff positions.
  • Schedule and organize interviews
  • Participate in applicant interviews
  • Conduct reference checks on possible candidates
  • Communicate back to unsuccessful applicants
  1. Staff development
  • Identify training and development opportunities for staff
  • Implement PIN’s Personal Development Plan and training schedule
  • Process employee requests for outside training while complying with policies and procedures, and determining the relevance of training to organization goals
  1. Benefits and Entitlements
  • Facilitate the provision of staff entitlements; Health Insurance, Loans
  1. Performance management
  • Assist the Human Resource Manager in conducting performance appraisals
  1. Administration
  • Supervise the administration of services to staff, i.e. Complimentary cards, ID cards, etc.
  • Preparation of administrative budget and monitor budgets ensuring no over-expenditures;
  • Filing and maintaining employee records, maintaining & updating employee records in personnel files.
  1. Staff Attendance Activities
  • Monitor scheduled absences such as holidays or travel, and coordinate actions to ensure the staff absence has been adequately covered off to ensure continuity of services.
  • Manage leave and sickness absence records
  • Perform other relevant duties that may be assigned by the Human Resource Manager

 Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Personnel Management or related field required;
  • Maximum of 2 years of general human resource management experience required, 
  • Must be a member of the CIPM or have other industry certifications like SHRM, HRCI 
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skills
  • Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level
  • Effective written communications skills including the ability to prepare reports and proposals

For the purpose of gender balance, a female candidate will be preferred. The position is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Remuneration is between N1.8M and N2.2M comprising annual gross salary, reimbursements (housing, transportation, communication), amongst other benefits.

 

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of Interest, with your recent CV attached, to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application closes on January 25, 2021, but the position will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

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