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.