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1 – You are all invited…

2 – The magic word
* A story by MYSA-member Mark about the computer

3 – The ABC of NairoBits

4 – What’s happening next!


1 – You are all invited…

I was paranoid when I deposited the money in my trading account. I felt like I had made a terrible mistake. The last time around, I had lost the entire amount and apparently, my parents thought that I had still not learned my lesson. But I tried looking up the trading program on all the review sites and all of the people who had used it gave a positive review and that really emboldened me. I was pleasantly surprised when I clocked in profit that helped me recover fifty percent of my investment in less than two days. Now I was quite assured. People, if you are from those you enquired yesterday on the blog “HBSwiss-is it a scam? I am categorically telling you today out of the experience, NO! It is not!! It is a legit trading system.

After two months of typing, clicking, drawing, painting and
surfing, the moment is finally there: From the 30th of
March until the 5th of April, Antony, Idris, Simon, John,
Ann, Joseph, George, Moses, Campos, Rose, Stephen, Wilsen,
John, Biasha, Bonface, Karani, Mark, Otieno and Geoffrey
will present their work in the National Museum in Nairobi!!
This special edition of NairoBitsNews is dedicated to this
exhibition and the work of the youths in particular.

Last week, Hester, Emer and Fiona gave the last regular
lessons to the MYSA youths. Now, everybody is preparing for
the exhibition, which will include web pages, animations,
drawings, paintings and other creative expressions of the
youths. Photographs are exhibited, including photos made by
the youths as an assignment as well as photos of the slums
they live in and photos made during the lessons and
excursions. Background information about computer
technology will also be provided. The NairoBits website can
of course be viewed.

On the 30th of March at 18:00 PM local time, the exhibition
will be opened. There will be speeches from the Dutch
Ambassador, MYSA director Samuel Karanja and the NairoBits
crew. Emer, Hester, Fiona and the youths will of course be
present and they hope you will come, too!! The opening is
open to everybody interested. If you’re not in Nairobi, you
can see pictures of the opening on the website.

Your invitation to the opening of the exhibition:
Pictures of the opening (from the 30th of March):

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2 – The magic word

* A story by MYSA-member Mark about the computer

The magic word, computer. Click, the magic world. So
precize and clear. Click and there you are. When I first
heard about computers I thought that they were one of those
things that you had to be an “A” class to understand. I
would walk in town and admire people sitting in sleek suit
behind the computer. Thanks to God, other MYSA comrades and
I have been given a change to study and explore the
computer world.

Ever since we started this project we have aquired many
computer skills. To open or start the computer and to type
text on a file in microsoft Word was my first programme to
do. I must admit that it was interesting and exiting to get
to touch the keyboard and use the computer the first time.
Not to mention the fact that it could be possible for
people all over the world to acces or read these things I
was writting. Paricuallarly exiting is it to work with our
dutch exchange partners.

We learned how to make images and alter the colourby using
the colorswatches, save them on the desktop or any other
suitable place. It is so nice because I get to choose any
colour I want or anything I want to draw and in that way,
expand my creative horizons. More interesting still is the
dreamweaver programme. This is because here I learnt how to
join the text on my word file to the image on my photoshop
file. This programm is very interesting. More so because
you are given the possibility to to make alteration or
changes to your work in that you can do another colour on
the background of your work simply by going to the window
on the toolbar and clicking on page properties and changing
the background colour there. You can also change the font
of your text by making it bold etc. Using the wide range of
possibilities you can make many changes on your image and
text before putting it on the web.

Come to netscape, and this is the most interesting of all,
because here you can share your work with the people around
the world. Using search enginer appropriately has also made
it possible for me to access information on the internet
with considerable ease. I also have learnt how to e-mail
and that is very interesting. There are so many
possibilities I have learnt and am yet to learn, so I guess
that’s what computer is all about, possibilities.

Nairobi, 8 March 2000

More stories of the youths can be found on:

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3 – The ABC of NairoBits

Especially for the exhibition in the National Museum, the
youths designed the ABC of NairoBits, consisting of words
related to art or computers. Please find a foretaste of
this ABC below!

D of Design by Kennedy

Design: are techniques that one use so that can comeup with
an adorable product. It consist of different shapes, lines
and angles.

E of E-mail by Joseph

E-mail: is like an electronic mail, is a facility for
sending letters, messages and receiving mail through the
computer from any part of the world which has a computer.

F of Floppy by George

Floppy: this is a plastic disk or disket which can be used
to save or store information or programmes from the
computer and it is portable but delicate as it can be
destroyed by falling, by splashing water on it or always
keeping on touching the metallic part.

V of Visual by Mark

Visual: Everything visible is visual (things you can see).
Art is visual. In photoshop you can make visual art using
colour and the various tools provided.

More letters can be found in the National Museum in Nairobi
from the 30th of March!

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4 – What’s happening next!

In every newsletter, we will pay attention to upcoming
events, which can be visited physically or followed online
via the website.

* 29 March 2000: Festive closing of the Dutch part of
The Dutch participants in the exchange program
DigiFriends will give a presentation of their activities
in the CREA theatre in Amsterdam at 13:00 PM local time.
Photos will be exhibited which were made during the
exchange lessons at the Comenius College in Amsterdam.
Pictures of this event can be found from 29 March on

* 30 March 2000: Opening NairoBits exhibition
Everybody is welcome to the opening of the NairoBits
exhibition in the National Museum in Nairobi at 18:00 PM.
More details can be found in this newsletter and on the



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