ORIENTATION OF SECOND PHASE OF DIGITAL LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM FOR YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS HELD AT MAMBAYYA HOUSE, GWAMMAJA, KANO. ON WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER, 2018.
The program was hosted by Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) with 35 participants from different communities within and outside Kano state.
The meeting was opened by Malam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai on behalf of the Executive Director of CITAD. In his statements, he noted the importance of the program, orientating the applicants on the project’s expectations while congratulating them as successful applicants. He emphasized that the issue of women’s participation in ICT and entrepreneurships aspect in Kano continued to be of serious concern. However, due recognition needed to be given to the progress that has been made on the new project, where 40 successful applicants out of 6,205 applicants is a leading example that the women need to tighten up their mind and be self-sustainable.
Being a project from U.S Embassy doesn’t mean we empower women and girls by giving the money, we only empower them with skills and mentorship on how to promote your businesses online and so on. In emphasis to women participation, this give a clear impression that there is need of participation of young women and girls and people with disabilities in our localities to have a democratic society free of hunger which is achievable through projects like this. Said Ahmad
He finally urged that the applicants should be punctual, avoid irregularities or inconsistency in attending the training, avoid inclusion of uninvited applicants and must have a sound character and be focused and pointed out that women’s movements should also be seen as having a representational role to play; both in terms of substantive and descriptive representation.
Malam Ibrahim, the Program Officer, thanked the U.S Embassy for collaboration with CITAD to support the training. In his statement, after presenting the concept of the project, the courses to be offered which are more advanced compared to the first phase of livelihood program, the duration, he identified major achievements and challenges in promoting women’s equal participation in processes at all levels. He finally explained three (3) major project expectations at end of the training in context of the project, the participants should have the knowledge on all skills acquired and can be able to impact it on other women and girls in the society at any time and any moment.
- Should have a full knowledge on ICT and entrepreneurship skills
- Should register their business names with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and other concerned regulatory agencies related to their businesses to have a legal back up and;
- The participants should be participating in e-mentoring and be meeting from time to time for mentoring to discuss on how to expand their business, and search for other job opportunities.
Malam Kamal Umar, the Technical Officer, presented on some factors that hinders northern women in acquiring skills based on experience are bigotry, extreme poverty, lack of education, lack of parent’s and husband support’s due to culture and tradition that exposed them to gender discrimination and the necessity of the mechanisms is for promoting women in entrepreneurship skills even in their homes. The Digital Livelihood Training will be an effective agent. He also mentioned some mechanisms for increasing women’s participation in ICTs and entrepreneurships acquisition;
- Mindset and zeal: When we change our negative thinking to positive, it increases attention and social movements.
- Timingis an important consideration, is a sign of gaining momentum
- Training and skill development: Training and mentoring will increase efficiency and ensure sustainability.
The training arrangements was briefed by the Training Officer on how it is commencing and the rules behind the training to avoid enacting measures that will affect single or majoritarian beneficiaries.
Project finance officer explained on how to go along with the logistics in order to adopt clear and transparent rules to ensure effective training by paying them transport fare weekly.
A session for question and answers was provided, the beneficiaries contributed in encouraging themselves to increase the era of enterprise.
- Some of the issues that occurred during the meeting were absence of invited concerned guest and government officials, which also leads to late commencement and provision of opportunity for the applicants from government actors, only representative from ministry of education attended but left before commencement.
- Use ICT training as a tool in education and training efforts, in particular to overcome the digital divide between men and women in the use of new technologies and to provide women with equal access to information.
- The beneficiaries should ensure that they have equal opportunities during training, such as providing access to the ICT facilities, spending weekly transport fare wisely, our intention of running businesses are disclosed and shared among ourselves.
- We should have clear rules that can allow us make a meaningful inputs during the training.
The session closed, refreshments served and transport fare paid at 2:47pm.
REPORT ON INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SKILLS
In commencement of Digital Livelihood Training, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) organised a seven (7) days forum on information communication technology. The session started on Monday 10th December and ended Tuesday 18th December, 2018. where the trainees were trained on ICT Skills upon the following components; computer appreciation, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point and Use of Internet Tools in order to prepare them for the digital entrepreneurship session. This is aimed to make them People Fluent with Information Technology (FIT Persons) now and in the future. The batch was taken in one session (morning) with 20 women, provided with training manuals is used as a training guide for easy understanding and practice at homes. Each day is a four-hour session which starts at 9am and closes at 1pm in which the trainees are served with a lunch every day. Transportation fair was served at end of the week by the finance officer, also an I.D cards was issued to each participants. The women beneficiaries are active and anxious to learn the skills and practice what they learn since the training is a hands-own and they appreciate the method being used by the facilitators. It has a less challenges encountered during the session as some few participants come late in the beginning which later adjusted after discussing with them on the importance of coming on time and punctuality of attendance. In progress of the training, digital entrepreneurship session has started on Wednesday 19th December which will last for ten days.
DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS REPORT FOR FIRST BATCH
After completion of the ICT skills phase, the twenty (20) young women of the first batch were introduced to Digital Entrepreneurship skills for ten (10) days. The session started from Wednesday 19th December, 2018 and ended by Friday 4th January, 2018 with the skip of X mass and New Year breaks. Here, the 20 beneficiaries were further divided into two different groups of twelve and eight based on their choice of their interesting packages or skills in two classes all in the morning, 9am-1pm to ease facilitation and understanding as well as improving student-centred learning. This phase was aimed at making the beneficiaries to learn digital entrepreneurship skills like Graphic design and infographics (Class A) Photography and Film and Video Editing (FAVE) in class B. In the first five days of the phase, the women were trained on the respective skills using PCs while in the last five days Android Tablets were used. The essence of facilitating using different tools is to make the beneficiaries know that they can use any available tool for them to do the business and support their learning skills especially the android phones which are very common in use nowadays. It was done successfully and the women acquired the relevant skills of their choice for the whole ten days. They demonstrated the acquired skills by using the Tablets and PCs to produce different items like calendars, Memos, Invitation cards, Fliers, Pictures and shapes as well as video coverage with editing styles. The next activity which is Business skills training has started immediately on Monday 7 January which will last for four (4) days training on three (3) components; Digital marketing for two days, Business skills training on Build Your Business Modules developed by Microsoft, International Youth Foundation (IYF) for a day, and Internet safety and security training for the last day.
Curriculum for Digital Livelihood Programme
Goal: contribute to reducing the gender digital divide and unemployment effort through technology skill transfer that will enable young women to acquire ICT-based entrepreneurship skill and set up small scale ICT-based businesses
- To train the participants in ICT-based skills
- To enhance their communication skills
- To train them on enterprise development
- Initiate participants to be champions of gender digital inclusion
- Initiate them to an online mentoring programme
- Basic ICT Skills
- Word Press
- Safety and privacy in the use of internet
- Video and photography
- Digital Marketing
- Communication Skills
- Entrepreneurship Skills
- Internet Governance Issues
- Seminar on Digital Inclusion
- Advocacy Skills in Promoting Digital Inclusion
Note DLP is offered in two forms as follows
- Digital Summer Institute for Young Women (usually in July/August) in partnership with the EVERETT Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA and SAIS Program, John Hopkins University, Washington, USA done in Abuja and Kano
- Quarterly Training in Kano, Bauchi and FCT