I started to be involved with Mozilla as some random university student trying to figure out what she’ll do after graduation. It took lots of effort to go outside my comfort zone and go run through the fields.
I remember most of what I did in my early years was to talk about WoMoz in front of crowds. It was my go-to role, not because I chose it, but because I am a woman. At some point I found it kinda uncomfortable since I kept on talking about women empowerment and all that and looking at my involvement, I haven’t seen a significant help or action from myself.
That’s when I took a step forward and tried out teaching basic programming concepts and web development for students via the Webmaker project (now Mozilla Learning Network). I organized an event that invites kids from 7-12 years old to participate. It was all new to me and I even topped it up a notch by seeking kids to participate (to think I am not really that great with kids). The huge challenge for us was to keep the kids interested since kids nowadays can be easily distracted. So we have to make sure that offline activities & online activities are included. Then out of nowhere while we were doing an activity, a kid burst out saying he would like to be a programmer because we made it look like fun.
That’s when I realized that what I was doing could totally change someone’s perspective on what they could become in the future. I am not just talking career-wise but how they decide on things after learning skills that they seem not to care at all.
Things like how to be mindful of their personal data online, passwords they use on their online accounts, process on how you get data from a site to another, programming, etc.
They seem to be too basic to some but there are still people who are still victims of being uninformed. Not that we would want to scare them off from the harms and complexity of the internet, but because we would want to educate and inform them.