Empower Youths Through Computer Skills Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Dear Project Supporters,

We greatly appreciate your ongoing support that enables more students to achieve computer literacy. Thanks to you more youths and young adults are getting the needed computer skills and are now able to secure better jobs.

Baindu is one of the youths who is benefiting from the computer training. In this video, she shows us how she is learning to use Microsoft Word.

Together, we are empowering her and many other young ladies. They are becoming computer literate - an essential skill in today's technology-driven society.  Thanks for making a difference!

We are excitedly looking forward to expanding training options through our Creating Pathways computer lab. We invite you to learn more at our Creating Pathways Website.

Thanks again for your kind support.


With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa team

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Participants at training
Participants at training

Dear project partners

On at least two occasions, we have had the opportunity to sponsor computer training for staff and volunteers at Advocacy Initiative (AIDSL), a partner organization in Sierra Leone.  AIDSL approached us with a request to sponsor complementary capacity training, as a follow up to the computer training that we had provided.  The following report, provided by the AIDSL Director, summarizes the training we sponsored.

In the opening statement, the Advocacy Initiative Director gave a brief background of the training and thanked Develop Africa for the support, with special reference to Mr. Sylvester Renner for his support over the years to AIDSL.  Following the brief background, the Director later introduced the facilitators, Mr. Tejan Koroma, Branch Manager, Eco Bank and Mr. Sheku Conteh, the report Analyst at the office of National Security. They in turn made brief statements as to what their expectations were at the end of the training.  The training was provided to staff and volunteers at the office headquarters, Circular road, Freetown.

 

Objective
The objective of the training was to develop the capabilities of the staff to be very committed and productive in executing roles and responsibilities.
The training was viewed as a sensible way of investing in staff not just for inspiration but also for problem solving.

 

Modules / Topics
During the training many new skills were identified and demonstrated to the fullest. The following Modules were covered during the training:

  • Management skills
  • Report writing
  • Financial management
  • Planning and facilitating workshop
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Project management

 

1. Management Skills: 
This presentation highlighted the many and various abilities associated with the running of an organization or part of it. Major topics in this presentation included the following:

  • Basic functions of a manager
  • Core skills required as a manager
  • Rating of skills
  • The important things to note as a manager
  • The distinctive features of a leader and manager

 

2. Report Writing: 
This presentation helped beneficiaries acquire the knowledge and skills required to write a professional report. The major topics presented included:

  • What is a report
  • Steps to follow in writing a report
  • Need for a report
  • Structure of a report
  • Tips on writing a report

 

3. Financial Management: 
This presentation highlighted the following topics:

  • Meaning of finance and manager
  • Basic types of financial management
  • Financial implications of the different forms of business organizations
  • Goal of financial management
  • Understanding the conflict of interest that can arise among owners, managers and donors

On the second day of the training the following courses were also presented

  • Facilitating and planning a workshop
  • Gender main streaming
  • Project management

 

4.  Facilitating and planning a workshop: 
This focused on planning and successfully running a workshop. Major topics included:

  • Defining the goals of a workshop
  • Basic steps to be undertaken before, during and after the workshop.
  • Overall workshop tips and key points.


5. Gender Mainstreaming: 

This presentation highlights how to mainstream gender issue in every sector of society. Major topics included:

  • What is gender mainstreaming
  • Transformation by mainstreaming
  • Basic principles of mainstreaming

 

6.  Project Management: 
This presentation detailed the methodological approach, planning and guiding project processes from start. Major topics include:

  • What is a project
  • Project circle management
  • Triple constraints
  • Characteristics of project
  • Scope management
  • Cost management
  • Quality management
  • Communication management
  • Risk management
  • Change control
  • What is project management
  • Role of a project manager
  • Project management challenges
  • Project definition document
  • Project procedure document
  • Project risk Management
  • Benefit of tracking/ M&E
  • Collecting status data
  • Project completion report
  • Taking adaptive actions
  • Closing activities/ report writing

 

Conclusion
It is worthy of note that the training provided a favorable forum for all staff to share their opinions , make clarifications on issues in terms of project management and to also give their response to the new growth areas which were taught. It also created an opportunity for staff to identify areas of management they lost touch with.

During the training, new skills were identified demonstrated to the fullest. Most courses allowed inclusiveness and interaction at all levels. They were able to freely express their take on issues dealt with.

Finally, the facilitation was very sharp, clear and understanding. It was appreciated and recognized as a way of bringing staff together for team work and unity.

 

Through this training, we have been able to strengthen AIDSL - building an excellent foundation for the future.  We are excited about what the future holds in store for them and our partnership together.  Thanks so much for your support.

Warm regards

The Develop Africa Team

 

Listening and learning
Listening and learning
Active session
Active session
Participants group
Participants group
Participants group 2
Participants group 2
Andrew, Director
Andrew, Director
Trainer leads a sesssion
Trainer leads a sesssion

Dear Project Supporters,

We have together been providing computer training for several years now. As part of our review process, we contacted some of our previous trainees to find out if and how the training that we provided has helped them.  

As part of our continuous improvement process, we want to ensure that what we are doing is impacting their lives in both the short and long term. This validation process is also helping to guide our future plans.

Fatmata is one of the youths who benefited from the computer training we provided a couple years ago. She explains in this video that the computer training gave her the foundation that she needed for her current job.

She says in the video: "This has helped me progress with my career."

This training equipped her and made her computer proficient. Without this training, she would not be competent at her current job – that requires computer proficiency.

We empowered her together. Thanks for making a difference!

We are excitedly looking forward to expanding training options through our new computer lab. We invite you to learn more at our Creating Pathways Website.

Warm regards,

The Develop Africa team

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Alfred, Joshua and Joseph Thank You
Alfred, Joshua and Joseph Thank You

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to YOUR support, 3 students - Alfred, Joshua and Joseph have been receiving computer training. This training is specifically tailored towards helping them become Professional Accountants.

In this video, Joseph expresses his excitement for the training that they have been receiving. He also extends his gratitude to GlobalGiving donors that are supporting their training.

He says: "I am so excited to be part of this. Thank you GlobalGiving. Your continuous support towards us will help us to become professional accountants".

YOU made this happen! Thank YOU so much for your continued support.

The knowledge they have gained has given them confidence and the means to change their lives and become self-reliant.

With YOUR generous support, hundreds of children and youth in the community benefit from the opportunity to train at the computer lab. Their dreams of becoming computer literate will soon be a reality!

Best Regards,

Develop Africa team

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Alfred happily learning accounting
Alfred happily learning accounting

Dear Project Supporters,

It has been four months since three youth - Joshua, Alfred and Joseph - from the Wellington community started computer class at The Accounting and Information Professional (A I PRO).

They are being taught MS Word and Excel, and computer accounting. In accounting, they learned how to input financial transactions such as day books, statement of financial position, and statement of profit or loss.

The knowledge they have gained has given them confidence and the means to change their lives and become self-reliant.

YOU made this happen! Thank YOU so much for your continued support.

With YOUR generous support, hundreds of children and youth in the community benefit from the opportunity to train at the computer lab. Their dreams of becoming computer literate will soon be a reality!

Best Regards,
Develop Africa team

 

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
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