Zim youth to push OSS message at festival

By   |  July 28, 2006

Open source software has come of age. This will be the gospel according to the Zimbabwe Open Source Society (ZOSS) during this year’s Southern African Youth Festival (SAYF).

ZOSS is a non-profit organisation that is part of the Zimbabwe Youth Council, which is hosting the festival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in August.

When the society was asked to develop the website, ZOSS president Moses Marimo saw the chance to punt Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Hence the birth of www.sayf.co.zw, built on the open source content management system, Mambo.

“We were not asked to develop using FOSS, but indeed, we wanted to introduce FOSS to SAYF. I still haven’t stopped marvelling at the commitment shown by the people at Mambo, Joomla, Xoops, phpBB etc,” Marimo enthused.

Marimo, who also sits on the National Organising Committee of the festival, says FOSS will feature prominently at the event.

“Certainly the Zimbabwe delegation will come armed to the teeth with FOSS issues. I strongly believe that any discussion about development particularly involving the youth should centre on access to knowledge and empowerment, otherwise, it becomes an empty discussion,” he said.

The festival is a regional event of youths from 14 countries who participate in reviewing contributions by the youth towards regional development. The festival will coincide with International Youth Day and will take place between August 10 and 14.

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