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Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Girls' Computer Literacy & Leadership Program
Participants learning from each other
Participants learning from each other

Translated from the French, from FAVL program manager Boué Alidou

The multimedia center of Houndé (CMH), in the interest of multiplying its activities to the benefit of the populations, held for the second time a training in use of computers. This second training was held for young women coming from the villages of Sara, Dohoun, Karaba and Houndé. Two tutors from the first training were there also. The participants received a lot of practical knowledge on the computer namely: "How to turn on, turn off, put in sleep and restart a computer, the role of the buttons of the keyboard". Participants touched each button to see the feature. The role of the right and left buttons of the mouse. Exercises for entering sentences and paragraphs of texts taken from CMH books. The women practiced typing and also how to select a word, a sentence and a text; change the size and font, save and save a version. They also learned how to create a folder and copy and paste. These activities were conducted under the guidance of the tutors who worked tirelessly to support the participants. We observed a good concentration of the participants during these two days of work at the end of which they also wrote a book by entering the text on the computer. The book is titled The lack of civility in schools. It will be corrected and printed for the benefit of the readers.

But compared to the first formation, we can note that the second one knew some divergences in particular:

  • Increase in the number of computers in the center. The FAVL Ouaga staff dispatched two computers for reinforcement. This made the job much easier and allowed all the participants to become familiar with the computer.
  • The participation of the tutors during the training was good
  • The level of participants was slightly below the first. A lot of emphasis has been put on the typing of words in Word software.
  • A first time to touch the computer buttons for half of the girls. Which led us to concentrate on many typing exercises.
  • We also promoted reading during the training. Each participant took a CMH book during her break to read a few paragraphs.

The training ended on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The participants received the advice of the staff to seize the opportunity when the time comes to deepen their knowledge of computers. It was a pleasure to have allowed these young people to achieve a good performance on the introduction to the computer in a spirit of sharing and camaraderie.

Participants pose for a group photo
Participants pose for a group photo
FAVL staff giving individul training
FAVL staff giving individul training
Using a computer for the first time
Using a computer for the first time
Supervising corrections on computer
Supervising corrections on computer

Translation of a report sent in French

The Multimedia Center of Houndé (CMH) hosted on 21 and 22 June 2019 a training of nine young women from Houndé, Karaba, Dohoun and Boni to computers. They had benefited from an earlier training during the month of May 2019. A month later, they all responded to the call to come to deepen their knowledge of these tools. The first day of June 21, 2019 as soon as they arrive in the morning, some were quickly put to the test by turning on the computer and began to practice typing. We observed during this beginning of the day exercises to enter a text with the application of the various elements (selected, put in bold, save, change the size and font of the text). In the afternoon, they were trained on the alignment of text, spacing, special characters and symbols and how to draw a table. The second day the girls each wrote a text from a book called: The activities of a good student. We made corrections and compilations of the texts and each entered a paragraph of the text on Word by applying the rules. It was a good typing exercise for them. It should be noted that at the beginning, most girls typed with one finger; but by dint of recalling them, we noticed the second day that they apply the typing of both hands with ease. They found that it is much faster. The rest of the second day saw the visit of the children's library in Houndé. They were welcomed by the manager. After the greetings and presentation, the manager invited them to visit the library. She presented her library and explained how it works. She invited the girls to read. She read aloud a book Afi and asked the girls to discuss. It was also an opportunity for the girls to visit the library's computer training room. They asked questions about how the library works. It should be noted that the librarian is an open, smiling and very welcoming manager. Back from the library, after lunch, we worked on the borders of pages and texts. And on each exercise for a few minutes. We finished the day with counseling. We encouraged them to continue learning the tool and to reassure them that the doors of the center are open for those who will be in Houndé and wish to practice. It is in this friendly atmosphere that we separated from the participants. It should be noted that these nine young women now master these basic elements of the computer tool. They can assist where needed.

The young women trained in the session
The young women trained in the session
Working on a text
Working on a text
Visiting the library of Hounde
Visiting the library of Hounde
Visiting the library of Hounde 2
Visiting the library of Hounde 2
Mayor of Hounde with FAVL director Sanou Dounko
Mayor of Hounde with FAVL director Sanou Dounko

Between May 23 and 24, the multimedia center of Houndé is hosting a two-day workshop for 10 young women. The overall goals of the workshop are to strengthen writing and drawing skills and teach participants how to use basic software and e-mail. In addition to achieving these specific goals, the workshop also will encourage teamwork, the love of reading, female solidarity, and empowerment. The workshop will provide each participant with a notebook and a pen, and there will be two computers for the participants to share. The workshop will begin with a discussion of computer software’s importance in the world today and a basic overview of various computer functions. After lunch, the participants will learn how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, and then will spend three hours working in groups on a writing project in Word. For the last hour of the workshop, they will peer review each other’s work and propose design ideas for the next day. The second day of the workshop will begin with more practice on Word and Excel. After lunch, they will learn how to use Publisher. They will finish the workshop by putting their own texts from the day before on the software. The total budget for this workshop is 160,000F, about $300. This cost is split between meals, housing, notebooks, transportation, and instructors.

In other FAVL news in Burkina Faso, between May 16th to May 20th, the award ceremonies for the reading program “Leaders are Readers” took place in the Korsimoro, Kaya, Kongoussi, Sabcé, Rouko, Karaba and Boni libraries. This program was initiated by the library of the United States Embassy in Burkina Faso in collaboration with Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL). Its main objectives are to encourage students to frequent libraries and to read. This year, 274 students participated, their grades ranging from middle school to high school. During the three months of the program, participants were able to read at their own pace. The best reader of this year is a student of the 6th grade of Rouko County High School, and he read 265 books. Students were very appreciative and excited about the program at the award ceremonies.

Participants shared their thoughts on books they read:

  • Issaka in Korsimoro liked the book The Wind of Love by Joël Ouédraogo. The author discusses the behavior of schoolchildren who love each other and don’t listen to advice from their parents. As a consequence, they found themselves in messy situations.
  • Soungalo in Kaya loved the book  The Pieces of Wood of God by Sembene Ousmane. Through this book, he discovered that for a while African workers were paid poorly during construction work in Dakar. He believes that hard work should equal fair wages.
  • Monique in Karaba did not like the book Baba the Rapper Student by Koura K Sylvie. She believes that parents must take care of their children, and she was frustrated when Baba joined a bad crowd in high school, became a spoiled child, and ended up in jail.
  • Abdoul in Sabcé liked the book  The Academic Success of Becherou. The author tells the story of a student from a poor family who strives to be the first of his class among the children of rich families. This student held the head of his class during his first class of school and won all the high school awards. Abdoul said he felt personally encouraged after reading of the novel.
Reading club of Dohoun
Reading club of Dohoun
Reading in Karaba library
Reading in Karaba library
Readers are leaders award recipients
Readers are leaders award recipients
Young women at the computer May 24 2019
Young women at the computer May 24 2019
Participants in the workshop May 24 2019
Participants in the workshop May 24 2019
Seeing how computers work May 2019
Seeing how computers work May 2019
The tricky rabbit is a staple of folk tales
The tricky rabbit is a staple of folk tales

This month the Houndé multimedia center (CMH) finished editing and will distribute two new books authored by young women from Houndé. La ruse de Sonsonni le lièvre  is by Tuina Sarah, a 10th grader in Lycée Provincial de Boromo, and Le prince et la fille laide by Fofana Adjaratou a high school senior in the Lycée Municipal de Houndé.  Both books are illustrated by Bazoun Robert, who works in the school district.

These CMH books are distributed in all FAVL supported libraries. The hope is that by promoting short books written by young women, more young women will be inspired to continue their schooling and aspire to professional accomplishment. The young women also get exposure to using computers in the multimedia center.

The animals dig a well but the rabbit won
The animals dig a well but the rabbit won't help!
The prince and the ugly girl is about being proud
The prince and the ugly girl is about being proud
A magic mermaid is always fun to draw!
A magic mermaid is always fun to draw!
Members of Ouaga Savance Rotary club visit CMH
Members of Ouaga Savance Rotary club visit CMH
CMH books are in every FAVL-supported library
CMH books are in every FAVL-supported library
Readers in the library
Readers in the library

The Girls computer literacy program has not received sufficient funding for another set of workshops.  However, the Hounde multimedia center (FAVL-BF local book production unit and small computer lab) continues to operate regularly and has produced a new series of four books authored by Koura Sylvie: Békila va à l’école, Békila fête la fin de la saison pluvieuse, Békila voyage, Le retour de Békila du village, and Békila apprend le lavage des mains. Sylvie also really likes reading the Harry Potter series!

What else is new at FAVL Burkina Faso?

  • Sebba Community Library in eastern Burkina Faso has received visits and training from FAVL staff. the security situation in the area has deteriorated, unfortunately. but the last visit, in early November 2018, was productive, with the FAVl-BF staff person speaking before the village assembly about the importance of the library.
  • We have received a generous donation to work with the village of Koho to help start a library to honor the memory of the donor's beloved godmother, Clarice Weiniger. The mayor of Houndé (the rural commune in which Koho is located) has received our initial proposal and budget estimate. He and his staff, and councilors from the Koho community, will talk with the director of the gold mine that operates near Koho and which is a partner for many village projects. The Rural Council's budget session was Monday, November 20th. They were supposed to have discussed the project at that time. We have not heard back from them yet.
  • We are proceeding to re-open the community library in Ouargaye. The mayor has been unwilling to establish a budget line for a staff person to be the librarian, preferring instead to use a succession of interns, national service personnel, or "volunteers" (often someone from the community who has finished secondaray school and wants some professional work experience, expecting to receive informal cash payments from the office of the mayor). Such a volunteer has now been recruited by the mayor, and will be trained by FAVL-BF staff in the coming months.
  • The FAVL-BF staff visited the library of Niankorodougou in the far south of Burkina Faso. Everything was operating normally and the librarian is paid regularly from the mayor's office. They have started a reading club!
  • The FAVL-BF team is continuing conversations with CENALAC, the government library support organisation. CENALAC has been allocated a budget of 500,000 FCFA per library (about $1000) per year for supporting library operations. They are not transparent how they spend those funds, however. We would like the 34 FAVL-supported libraries to become part of that network and be recognized as community libraries by CENALAC. The new director of CENLAC was open to the idea but pessimistic that the government would increase funding.
Readers in Kaya library, Burkina Faso
Readers in Kaya library, Burkina Faso
Reader in Sebba library
Reader in Sebba library
Eight new photos books for Sebba library
Eight new photos books for Sebba library
 

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Krystle Austin
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