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Hello there! I am Zita Ursula Zage, a tech enthusiast, Wikipedian, Open Advocate and a writer. I am the author for the Road to Discovery, a self development and women empowerment book that uses a fictional story to inspire and guide readers on how they can discover their talents, strengths and weaknesses.
I am the co-founder of the Global Open Initiative Foundation.

 

My Right to be Right

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Some way some how it has been engraved in our minds that we have a right to be right.

As a result,  we have the tendency of always wanting to be right even though sometimes we do not know we are wrong. But it is more difficult for us to let the other party win especially when we are certain we are right.  

I gave up my right to be right, when I realised it had the power to make me go angry and  made me scream on top of my voice so I can be heard by the other party.

I gave up my right to be right when I realised I would rather be in charge of my emotions than let my emotions control me.

I gave up my right to be right when I realised I valued peace more than enjoying a few seconds of winning an argument.

Now that I even think of it, I am not sure what I gain from winning every argument other than boosting my ego. 

 

- ZUZ

 

My Message to you this Valentine

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"Not everyone is capable of loving but you are and that is the reason why you should be the one to love the people in your life. The world is full of so much pain, it is up to you to decide, do you want to add to the pain or do you want to be the reason for the smile on someone's face."

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

 

-ZUZ

 

Big Opportunities in Disguise

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Seeing the potential in people and small privileges is a gift. Not everyone can see that the little things and privileges they have are greater opportunities in disguise. Trust me, if they did, they will do whatever it takes to unravel these tiny packages till they get to see them for what they actually are, BIG OPPORTUNITIES IN DISGUISE.

So I encourage you,
take pride in those little things you love doing
Those things that seem intangible
but you seem to do them so well.
Be grateful for small privileges and opportunities
See them as stepping stones to your destination,
and platforms to grow and redefine yourself

- ZUZ

 

The Power of your Imagination

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Most at times we don’t get what we want
because we don’t know what we want
And we don’t know what we want
because we don’t use our imagination
We don’t use our imagination
because, we don’t believe we can get what we imagine
We don’t get what we imagine because we have not fully convinced ourselves that we are capable of becoming what we imagine
The key is to convince ourselves of who we want to be and what we want the world to remember us for after we’re gone.
Don’t ever think that you are not good enough to be that person in your imagination,
If you can imagine it, you can become it

 

After the Fall

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I do not fear falling.
Rather, Not being able to get up after each fall, is my greatest fear.
If I could master the act of picking myself up each time I fall,
I have no reason to fear falling
Because I know, I'm strong enough to keep moving after a fall.

I do not fear failing.
Rather, Not being able to get up after each failure is my greatest fear.
If I could master the act of picking myself up each time I fail,
I have no reason to fear failing
Because I know, I'm strong enough to keep moving after a failure

-ZUZ

 

Wikimania 2019: My Experience and Outcome

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It was such an honor to be present for the second time at Wikimania in Stockholm this year. All thanks to Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Sweden, and the Wikimedia Foundation. It seems every time I attend such gatherings of Wikipedians, I meet new people, learn new things and get inspiration for new projects to embark on. This year’s Wikimania was no exception at all.

The first thing I did on arriving in Stockholm for this year’s Wikimania, was to tour the city a little. Although I didn’t visit a lot of places, I was impressed with the beautiful and incredible city of Stockholm which is made up of magnificent, architectural and historic buildings. Aside from the food, there was so much I enjoyed from Stockholm which includes the subway train rides, visits to the museums, the noiselessness of the city, the people and the view of the city at night. The list goes on but let me not bore you with all that. 

After a quick tour of the city, it was time to learn and so I could not afford to miss Wikimania's learning days. I am not sure how it happened but before I knew it, I found myself in the learning days cohort 2 which was being led by Melissa and Simona. I loved how that session was organized. We did a lot of practical work which helped us to apply and better understand everything we learned. Some of the things I learned from that class included forming sustainable partnerships, storytelling, teamwork, design thinking and Wikimedia Education Projects. From this session, I came to understand the power of Wikimedia in Education. Melissa made me understand that the focus of Wikimedia Education projects should not be on getting students to contribute a lot of content but to help them acquire useful skills by the end of the project.

And so during the opening ceremony when we were asked to go through the sustainable development goals and see which area we will like to improve using Wikimedia Projects, I could think of none other than improving the quality of education in my country. Continues collaboration and contributing to Wikipedia over the years has helped me improve my writing, reading and research skills. And so I am a testimony to the power of Wikimedia Projects in Education. It is my goal and dream to be able to help other young people especially tertiary students in Ghana to improve their critical thinking, writing, reading and research skills. And hence the reason I embarking on a Wikipedia Education Project on returning to Ghana.

After the opening ceremony, as usual, the next thing for me was to keep hopping from one session to another. I attended sessions on community growth, partnerships, education and of course, Languages. As someone who is interested in improving indigenous language Wikipedias such as the Twi Wikipedia, I found myself attending a lot of sessions that had to do with languages and growing small wikis. I am grateful for all the things I learn at Wikimania and so this year I decided I will also share my knowledge and experience through a presentation which I co-presented with Gereon Khalkul. Our presentation was about The difficulties of Wikipedias in languages that are not taught in school.

 

Without Wikipedia, it would be very difficult for people to find information online for free and hence the reason I feel obligated to contribute and edit content on this platform. Knowledge they say, is power so to me, there is nothing more satisfying than to know that I am giving power to a lot of people that use Wikipedia through my contributions.

 

Insights from Global Digital 2019 Report

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According to We are Social and Hootsuite’s Global Digital 2019 Report, an average of more than one million users join the internet everyday(11 new users per second). The report also shows that the number of mobile users in the world has increased to 5.11 billion people indicating a 2% increase since last year. And the number of internet users has increased to 4.39 billion indicating a 9% increase since January 2018. The number of social media users has also gone up to 3.48 billion users representing a 9% increase since last year, while about 3.26 billion people now use social media on their mobile devices.

The report showed that each day, people spend an average of 6hours and 42 minutes online. And these internet users mostly spend their time online visiting google.com, Youtube, Wikipedia, popular social media. Both SimilarWeb and Alexa’s have Google as number one on their rankings of the world’s most visited websites list. With Youtube showing as number two, Facebook at number three, Baidu.com is at number four while Wikipedia remains at number five.

 

What’s new with GOI’S OER network?

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In our bid to make knowledge and data freely accessible to everyone, the GOI Foundation has established an OER Platform. On the 21st of March  2019,  the foundation held a second meeting to discuss the way forward concerning it’s OER platform. The meeting was held at 14:00 UTC on Skype. In attendance was Greg Mccvery and the founders of GOI. A number of issues were raised and discussed but majority of the discussion centered on what the OER Platform was, the Known technology and how the GOI team intends to get more people to sign up unto their OER platform.

 

About GOI’s OER Platform

The GOI OER platform was built on Known. Every individual that signs up unto the platform, gets their own websites for free. With their individual websites, users will be able to post content, blog post, images, etc. Users can create new pages, mention and update their status. One could conclude that the Known platform is similar to   Wordpress except that it combines the functionalities on a social media page, static pages and a standard blog. On the GOI network you can decide to give someone access to edit your safe space. All abusive users will be blocked on the platform to prevent harassment and any form of attacks.

 

Advantages of the OER Platform

Aside one getting a free website for signing up unto GOI’s OER, other advantages of the OER platform includes; Known will have something called service workers which will allow for remote local storage and upload when online, Students will be able get their field work out there for everyone to use and, the wiki is more for the sharing of data and knowledge.

 GOI's OER network

What content can users upload or create on their OER sites

The OER platform allows people to release educational materials in the public domain. So users on GOI’s network can create or upload training materials, research work or documentation of their work in their respective fields.

 

In as much as GOI’s mission is to make knowledge freely accessible, we believe getting more females to sign up unto our platform and encouraging them to document their work can help bridge the digital gender gap. Join GOI’s OER network and help us create a future where that young man or girl in a remote village who has no money  to buy books or education materials can freely acquire knowledge and education through GOI’s OER platform.