Over the past few months we have been planning and organizing towards our next basic computer training session - that is scheduled for August. During these past months, we have spent time building new local relationships, narrowing down the list of potential participants, studying and assessing beneficiary needs / interest and general logistics. From our studies, we have come to the conclusion that there is an on-going need for this type of training. We continue to receive requests for this type of training on an on-going basis.
The August training session will be provided to youths and young adults at the Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID), a Develop Africa partner organization. AID Sierra Leone is a local non-governmental, organization that advocates for human rights and renders services for the holistic development of people and their communities.
The upcoming multi-day training session will include instruction and hands-on training on using a computer, word processing and spreadsheets (using Microsoft Word and Excel). Beneficiaries will be provided with and receive a printed manual. We have asked the participants to come with and will allocate adequate time for scenario-based questions, specific to their individual interests.
The need for this kind of training was voiced anew at the 5th International Conference on ICT development education and training in Lusaka in May 2010. Speaking at this conference, the President of Zambia, President Banda said “ICTs are a prerequisite to wealth creation and can help to improve the quality of life of people in underdeveloped countries.” - http://bit.ly/a0AD0Q
Thanks for being a partner with us and helping make this training possible. Together we are helping to improve the quality of life of these youths and young adults. What a powerful change opportunity!
We will provide you with an updated report, including photos after the training session in couple months. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can increase our impact.
Thanks to your support of this GlobalGiving project the Youth Empowerment for Development Movement (YEDEM) youth group have received funds towards purchasing of internet-related equipment and establishing of internet access at their new office. As a direct benefit of this, they are now able to receive training from online sources, apply for grants etc. The funds were presented to the leadership team by Sylvester Renner, Develop Africa President, during a site visit to YEDEM offices in Sierra Leone, this year.
The leadership team was very appreciative of the support provided by GlobalGiving donors and asked him to convey their gratitude to you – the donors and partners. Cornelius, a member of the leadership team explained that the training that the youths will receive in computer technology will contribute directly to their progress and development - and assist in the transformation of the nation. He emphasized that this training is important as computer-enlightened youths will be better equipped to obtain employment.
Previously, Develop Africa conducted a 2-day training session in Basic Computer Skills for YEDEM youths. A link to a video testimonial from one of the beneficiaries of a previous session is provided below. As the beneficiary states in the video, because of this training he has now received a good foundation in computer technology and is more confident in using a computer.
In 2010, we are planning to hold one or more training sessions and welcome your support that will help us impact many more lives. Please make a donation today or before the end of the year that would help us do so much more. We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. Should you have any suggestions on how we can expand our reach and obtain more support, please let us know.
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