Presenting the New Mozilla Webmaker Program
Article by George Norman
On 28 May 2012
Earlier this month Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the popular Firefox browser, introduced a new program meant to help millions of people. The name of the program in question is Mozilla Webmaker and its goal is to “help millions of people move from using the web to making the web.” As part of the program, people from all over the world will be taught to “make, learn and play using the open building blocks of the web.”

What Mozilla aims to do here is help all the people out there better understand the web and provide them with the means to take greater control of their online lives. There will be new tools to use, there will be projects to create, and there will be events to take part in.

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As Mozilla’s Executive Director Mark Surman explained, the project was launched because Mozilla is commited to helping people learn. “The web is becoming the world’s second language, and a vital 21st century skill — as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s crucial that we give people the skills they need to understand, shape and actively participate in that world, instead of just passively consuming it. That maker spirit and open ethos is vital to Mozilla, our partners, and the web,” Surman said.

The Mozilla Webmaker project will kick off with the Summer Code Party, a massive summer learning campaign that begins on the 23rd of June and runs all summer long. An invitation has been issued by Mozilla to join the Summer Code Party:

“We’re inviting everyone to join or volunteer at free local events and teach-ins around the world. With new Webmaker tools, event kits and starter projects designed to make it easy, social and fun. We’ll end with a big wrap-up September 23.”

Additional information on the Mozilla Webmaker program is available
here.

Additional information on the Summer Code Party is available
here.




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