Training Plan - Digital Empowerment Training

Carolyn Seaman
Posted April 11, 2016 from Nigeria
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1. Who will you invite?

I plan to host a Digital Empowerment Training for young women who tend to under-utilize the internet and digital devices they own or have access to. My target participants comprise young women in my community who have just graduated from the University and are exploring new job opportunities in the labour market.

I plan to invite young female graduates who are exploring job opportunities in the labour market. These young women tend to under-utilize the internet and digital devices they own or have access to.

2. What's your goal for the training? What will participants gain? What will the community outcome be?

This Digital Empowerment Training seeks to increase the knowledge, tools and resources of the young women in my community so that they are empowered to use digital technology to achieve their human potential.

Participants will gain knowledge of how to use the internet and the digital devices (laptop, smart phone, tablets etc.) that they own to empower themselves to have positive impact in their communities and actively contribute to global social change. They would also learn how to use social media in a responsible and safe way.

The community outcomes of this training are best reflected in the diagram in the picture enclosed in this post.

The goal is to provide digital empowerment for young women in my community and the outcomes include to:

  • Connect young women to our work at Girls Voices Initiative
  • Connect young women to World Pulse community platform
  • Connect young women to digital skills and better use of digital technology for social change

3. What parts of the Trainer's Toolkit will you use? How will you adapt the training to your own language, culture, and local needs?

I plan to use the 5-hour Introduction to Digital Empowerment Trainer's Toolkit for my training.

And I will adapt the training toolkit in very practical sessions that would engage the participants and actively involve them in the exercises. Vocal participants may be selected to facilitate some of the activities so that the participants also have ownership of the training program.

We would use simple English Language that can be easily comprehended by the participants. And the training toolkit would also be adapted to suit the cultural dynamics of Nigeria's young women and also relate to the local needs of the women in terms of how the internet can better serve their everyday realities trying to secure a job or start a business.

An example of how the training toolkit can be adapted to suit cultural dynamics of young women in Nigeria is with my introduction session. Nigerians are very sensitive about family and so an introductions session using the family tree exercise would have me draw a tree on the flip chart and participants would fit in their names and what they intend to take from the training written on stick notes on the leaves and I would explain that we are all women in this one big happy family with different names but common goals and expectations from the training.

On relating the training toolkit to the local needs of the women, I would be discussing about how the women can use social media to contribute to social change and also to boost their career or business. And I would be sharing successful local examples like the #BringBackOurGirls and career and business brands like WIMBIZ and Konga.com that are successful social media and online campaigns and brands that the women can relate to.

4. What resources will you need to conduct this training? Do you have those resources? If not, how can you get them?

  • Participants - I have young women I can engage as my participants.
  • Venue - I don't have a venue for this training yet. My home may be too tight to accommodate the group. So, I am still exploring the cheapest venue I can afford or potential collaborations with an organization that can lend us a room.
  • Training Toolkit - I will adapt the World Pulse Digital Empowerment Toolkit.
  • Tea, snacks and a lunch meal - Our office has provision for tea which can cater to the participants but, the snacks and lunch meal is outstanding. I am exploring an arrangement with a participant who can provide the catering services at a good price and I have to raise the money to pay for that. On the bright side, we would be empowering a participants' catering business as well. I am also exploring potential collaborations that would donate the food.
  • Projector - We don't have a projector. So, I have to hire a projector.
  • Flip chart board, paper - We have a flip chart board and sheets.
  • Markers, stick notes and other stationeries - We have markers, stick notes and other stationeries. We would purchase additional stick notes and pens for the participants.
  • Name tags - We have to purchase name tag holders. But, we would not need to print participants names on it because we would run an exercise that would make the participants design their name tags.
  • Pictures and highlight videos - I have a team to take pictures and film the event to produce a highlight video of the training.

5. Any safety concerns? How will you address these concerns?

Physical safety - The training will hold in the daytime - from morning till early evening so that the women can return safely to their homes before dark. Also, the venue that will be used for the training must have security personnel available to provide security coverage throughout the duration of the training.

Digital safety - The training would educate the participants about the safety measures they can take while online. And we would share the World Pulse Safety and Security Toolkit with participants.

Intellectual Property safety - The training will share a bit about the need to respect the work of others and be sensitive to what people know and share so that we all feel safe to share our knowledge and share our stories without fear or concern for the safety of our ideas or our stories.

A breakout session would have small groups discuss how they can practically use the internet and social media to improve a career or business idea. And to encourage safety of sisters' ideas, I would share a bit about respecting the intellectual property of others. This could also relate to the discussion about sharing stories on World Pulse which requires writers to properly quote and acknowledge data sources.

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Woow,

Carolyn you surely have a very detailed plan. You know exactly what you want to acieve and how you will achieve it. All the best in your training.

Stay Blessed

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Thank you, Anita.

I appreciate your kind words. Your estimation of my training plan is very humbling. I really look forward to an exciting and engaging training and your encouragement is very helpful.

Warm regards,

Sadaf Kashif
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Dear Carolyn Seaman

I wish you good luck for your training. I hope that your efforts would be fruitful for those young women who are unfamiliar with the modern digital communication tools. Connecting women to World Pulse will help them to raise their voices against their problems and in near future they would be an asset for you and world pulse too.

Regards

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Hi Bella Bee,

It's always great to hear from you. I appreciate your well wishes. The World Pulse platform has been given me a voice and I am excited to share that platform with other young women in my community.

Warm regards,

helen.ng
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Hello Carolyn,

Your training plan sounds like a fantastic idea!! The desired outcomes, steps, demographics, and safety concerns listed above are extremely detailed and convey how much thought and effort you put into designing all this. It's so nice to hear about the work of women who aspire to make the world a better, safer place, such as yourself. I wish you all the best with your work.

With love,

Helen Ng

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Hi Helen,

I appreciate your engagement with my training plan. I always love reading your comments. 

It was a great experience planning this training project and I earnestly look forward to its successful delivery.

I appreciate the fact that I am able to incorporate a lot of my learning into this training project and I am excited about the opportunity to empower young women in my community.

In warmth and love,

Maria Pena
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Hi Carolyn, 

It sounds like a great training, I wish I could attend! Your plan is very comprehensive and detailed. I am looking forward to hearing how it went. 

I wish you all the best in your efforts to empower these women!

Love, 

Maria 

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Hi Maria,

Thank you for your sweet words and encouragement. And hearing your wish makes me wish I could have you around. But this gives me an idea to further nurture an idea I had to run the training online. I may explore this with a small group to test it out and then expand the opportunity for more women.

I completed the World Pulse Introduction to Digital Empowerment Training last year and it was a great learning experience. It would also be great to share such opportunities with more women in my community when next World Pulse may host such training.

Thank you for sharing with me, Maria.

In warmth and love,

Marie-Claire Kuja
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

That's my sis.

Always on point.Bravo darl.This is so well done.If only wishes were horses I will fly down there to be a part of your workshop.

Keep impacting.You're doing excellent.

Kuja

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Thank you, Kuja.

You cheer me on with such encouraging words. And I also wish I could have you around to share those strength and confidence words you share at your workshops.

We still have our fingers crossed on hosting your strength and confidence workshop for my girls in Nigeria. I just need to schedule it into our activities and mobilize funds for it and we can hit the ground running. I look forward to the time dear Sister.

Warm regards,

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Wow! Quiet a detail plan! Well thought out. Well done. All the best as you continue to impact.

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Thank you, Arrey!

You always encourage me with your kind words. I appreciate you!

Love,

emergentcorp
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Very well thought out and detailed.  I look forward to reading more about your work.

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Thank you for your kind words. I also look forward to connecting with you and reading more about your work.

I have been curious to know more about you - the face and the voice behind emergentcorp.

I'd probably send you a friend request and we can connect further as I hope to learn more about you and your work.

With great pleasure,

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

I was going to send you a friend request and I just found that I had sent one already. Please, accept my friend request and we can connect further.

Looking forward to our connection.

Kadidia Doumbia
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 17, 2016

Carlolyn,

This is an impressive program you will put in place.                                                           Technology is a daily necessity and one needs to understand it and to use it properly. I am sure these women will benefit from this training.

Nevertheless, I would have like a sample of a lesson plan to have an idea of you intend to be the educational needs of a diverse community.

Congratulations on this ambitious but necessary program.

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Dear Kadidia,

Thank you for sharing with me. I am always pleased to read your comments.

I am adapting the World Pulse Digital Empowerment Toolkit for my training and the Toolkit already provides a plan and activities that support it. And I would be incorporating a break-out session that allows the women share in groups how they can incorporate the learning to suit our local needs.

The training agenda includes: 1. Opening, Introductions, Setting the tone, Training objectives 2. Girls Voices Initiative overview and World Pulse overview 3. Share our stories 4. Challenges and possible solutions 5. Understanding digital safety 6. Positve uses of social media 7. Break-out sessions 8. Closing

This is a sample of the sections to be discussed at the training. The break-out sessions will discuss the learning in small groups as the participants brainstorm how to adapt the learning into their daily lives and work.

I was not too clear about your last question, so I hope I answered you correctly.

Once again, thank you for sharing with me and feel free to ask me any questions you may have,

Many thanks,

Kadidia Doumbia
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Thank you Carolyn.

At this stage your answer is enough and gives me a good indication of what you will be doing and also that you are really clear about it.

I will be interested in a follow-up of your program that seems very interesting.

Carolyn Seaman
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Thank you too Kadidia,

I am so glad I could be of any help. I look forward to a very productive training experience in a few months and I will certainly share my experience on the World Pulse platform along with pictures and a highlight video.

Thank you for your interest in and support for my programs. I am humbled and truly grateful.

Warm regards, 

Kadidia Doumbia
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 20, 2016

You're very welcome.

Marne
May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016

Hi Carolyn, 

I would love to talk to you about additional resources for young women to use after completing what you have outlined, including Free Basics and introducing women to My Digital Journey, an online learning platform designed specifically for women in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa interested in building digital literacy skills to pursue their goals. https://africa.shewillconnect.intel.com/ 

Your plan is outstanding.

Regards,

Marne 

Carolyn Seaman
May 20, 2016
May 20, 2016

Hi Marne,

Sure! We can talk further about the additional resources you propose. I looked at your link on Free Basics and it would certainly make for some great resource for the women. I will review these links extensively and explore areas I can incorporate into my training. Would you be willing to co-facilitate with me? Realistically, you would just take 45-60mins and we can work round the best content to fit into the time as well as feasible times you can take on this in your spare time. And I totally understand if this is not doable for you. I just thought to explore the opportunity to have you share your experience with the women and i also want to increase the sources of inspiration for the women.

Thank you for your kind remarks about my training plan. You have also contributed helpful resources to make it richer and impactful. I appreciate you!

Love,