The digital literacy campaign by Mozilla who made the free web browser Firefox is not something new as it has been around for three years. Rather, what is new is the approach this year.
Expecting more than 100,000 individuals participating in the event, the Webmaker event is a literacy campaign that will educate participants on the digital programming skills, particularly on coding, web design, app and video creation. It is organized locally by the native volunteers with technical support given from Mozilla.
The first of the many sharing events will start in Kampala, Uganda. From there they will go on to 368 other locations all over the world including countries like India, Indonesia, United States and several African countries. CEO of Mozilla, Mark Surman mentioned that in the modern era today, digital literacy is as important as reading, writing, and math. He went on to say that the purpose of the event is to engage more people to understand the Internet as a whole and to inspire them to make use of it in the daily lives of participants.
This is done through the awareness of the Maker movement where the underlying belief is that technology can be made on our own, and not something that is sold as a commercial product.
With a record of 60,000 participants last year, Surman aims to double the numbers this year. This is in line with the vision that most of the world’s population will be online with the widespread usage of technological devices such as personal computers or smartphones. Surman wants to make sure that these people understand what can they do other than surfing the Web.
He mentioned that just building products with the values of the open source knowledge alone is not enough. What is needed is for consumers to know how it works and how can they get the most out of it.