One Day Training Program
Date and Venue:
The training took place on 13 April 2016 at EDO Health Office in Bahawalpur city of Pakistan. The training proposal and agenda was prepared with the help of Dr. Zakir Ali, District Surveillance Officer to meet for fine-tuning of the agenda of training and coordination of assistance.
The members of training team were
- Sadaf Kashif World Pulse Fellow
- Dr. Zakir Ali District Surveillance Officer
- Mrs. Fozia Social Activist
- Mr. Asad Ahmed Human Right Activist
The draft agenda was approved prior to the training, which was approved by all training team. The agenda points were:
- Opening and Introduction of Participants
- Concept of Child Marriage
- The Concept of Digital Literacy
- Introduction of Social Media
- Mobile Phones and Development
- How to Share Stories
- Safety and Security
- Introduction of World Pulse
- My Elevator Pitch and Note of Thanks
The training was attended by Ms. Shugufta Safdar (Community Leader), Sadia Wahab (Social Activist), Anila Tariq (Chairperson Local NGO), Farah Fareed (Social Activist), Saima Akhter (Community Member), Naila Ejaz (Community Member), Sobia Ashraf (Member of political Party) and Sheeba Naaz (Child Marriage Victim), Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed (Religious Scholar) and Mr. Irshad Rao (social activist).
The opening of training was done with an ice breaker that required participants to line up alphabetically. Mr. Zakir Ali then gave opening remarks and asked participants and trainers to give their one line introduction.
This session was taken by Dr. Zakir Ali and was used to establish the understanding of the concept of Child Marriage. Participants agreed that the minimum age for marriage should be 18 years. Religious Scholar Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed argued that the girl should be married after her first periods. The social activist Ms. Farah Fareed encountered her argument by saying that although child marriage is not good for both girl and boy but among them girls are extremely the most affected due to health issues after pregnancy.
The session was taken by Ms. Sadaf Kashif who shared the following definition of Digital Literacy with participants:
“Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet”.
Then the social media who are computer maintained tools like Facebook, twitter, youtube whereas mobile social media like whatsapp, imo, viber etc were discussed to educated participants regarding their use to share ideas, exchange information, pictures and videos of child marriage incidences and victims to come up with solutions and for creating positive impact among socities. The participants were also trained for different ways to share stories related to child marriage through different social media channels.
In this session the protocols for safety and security were introduced. World Pulse was introduced with participants and I also shared my elevator Pitch with participants.
Participants were divided into two groups and were asked to write on charts that how social media can be used positively to create awareness and share stories, some solutions to solve the issue and recommendation for my campaign.
Two different scenarios were given to participants in which they were required to identify safety and security measured while using social media at home and internet cafe.
Outcomes of Training:
- Child Marriage definition was properly understood and participants agreed that this is endemic and there is a need to involve communities to end this.
- Participants were well equipped with different measures they can use to keep themselves safe and secure while using internet.
- Participants got the basic idea of story sharing and how to engage themselves with social media to share stories, ideas and pictures related to child marriage.
- Participants appreciated the world pulse initiative and they got the basic idea of my campaign.
The most important lesson I learnt from my experience was that always keep contingency plan with you. During training my internet connection crashed. I tried to continue but I felt that participants were losing the interest and they were not focusing on what I was saying. Later connection was restored but at one point I felt that I was losing them as well. This became one my important lesson learnt. The training plan should be fool proof.
Overall this experience was wonderful. I got confidence and motivation as I felt that this is the most rewarding job I should continue. I discovered counselors and mentors inside me.
Difficulty and Strategy for Next Training:
The engagement of less outgoing participants was the challenge and most difficult part. I experienced that these participant were having important points those should be contributed while activity but they were reluctant to share. This difficulty will be overcome through team learning by increasing involvement in group activity in next training.