Prikkle Academy: Using Phone Calls To Break The Information Barrier In Rural Nigeria.

Damilola Fasoranti
Posted May 22, 2016 from Nigeria

If you knew that just ₦100 (half a $) can break the information gap for rural communities, wouldn’t that be exciting?

When you hear the word ‘rural’, what readily comes to mind?

You think about subsistence agriculture, poverty, lack of access to social infrastructures like roads, hospitals, education, and water and so on.

Prikkle Academy (Prikkle Educational Initiative) is a non-governmental organization that looks at rural communities with a different perspective. We focus on the assets, the education and the past success of rural communities. We use these strengths to empower young people to become active citizens and community builders.

Our #CollaborativeCommunity project started out this year by zooming in on the local potentials in Mbagishi, a rural community in Vadekiya Local Government of Benue State, Nigeria. We started out with 40 participants.

Using the Asset-based community development (ABCD) approach, we worked closely looking at individual’s gifts, the power of associations and the importance of institutions in rural communities.

After an intensive 8 weeks of capacity inventory, it was clear that the community is rich and has abundance of different skills, natural asset, community bonds and agricultural produce.

The next question that stared us in the face is, “how can we transform these assets to the benefits of the people?”, “how can we translate people’s knowledge and education into tangible social solutions?”

To mobilize these community assets for development, we took one of the agricultural products that the community produces – groundnuts. “How can we add value to this product? Where can we get information from?”

Electricity has not reached this community, there are no computers in any school and the internet strength is extremely unstable.

But almost every house has a mobile phone! – This is an asset.

Prikkle Academy got one of our virtual facilitators, Miss Grace Opoola, a Masters’ student, living in Lagos who knows how to make peanuts from groundnut to facilitate a session over the phone with our people in this rural community.

For 1 hour 40 minutes, using a discounted calling package, we successfully spent ₦100 to make this training possible. This is definitely innovative! We have removed the overhead costs of training, there is no information overload, the learning is specific and tailored according to the participants’ requirements.

Our greatest lesson is that people, especially in rural communities have survived to this point – certainly, not without pain—but with ideas, education, will, hopes and other people, all of which we need to understand and appreciate in order to help.

Prikkle Academy have other projects that focus on bringing innovation and creative thinking to schools in rural communities such as turning trash into toys and so on.

We have also used plastic bottle to light up the dark thatched houses during the day which are all homegrown solutions to empowering young people in rural communities to use local resources to create sustainable social solutions.

For more updates about our work;

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Olaoluwa Abagun
May 22, 2016
May 22, 2016

Dear Damilola,

I'm loving how the ABCD Approach rolls off my tongue :)

I see how your team has leveraged on the assets of the rural community, instead of the barrage of challenges everybody sees. And carrying on a virtual training for close to 2 hours with half a dollar? MINDBLOWING!

This is indeed awesome stuff! Hats off for you and Prikkle Educational Initiative. I can't wait to hear more about your work and follow your progress.

Damilola Fasoranti
May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016

Thank you Olaoluwa Abagun,

Oh yes, building on what is strong rather than what is wrong, crumbling and weak is the new way we are exploring empowerment for rural communities.

We want to empower people to empower themselves.

Thank you for your beautiful compliment.

Best Regards.

JOY Eze
May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016

Amazing!! You and your organization are really doing great work; I appreciate all you doing keep touching lives.

Damilola Fasoranti
May 26, 2016
May 26, 2016

Thank you so much Joy Eze, for your beautiful comment and for your encouragement. Hearty Cheers.

OLANIKE OLANIYI
May 29, 2016
May 29, 2016

Your team did well with ABCD and I would love to learn from you. Well done!

Damilola Fasoranti
Jun 03, 2016
Jun 03, 2016

Thank you Sikemi for your encouraging words.

Hearty Cheers, Fasoranti

Courtney Randolph
Aug 23, 2016
Aug 23, 2016

I would definitely love to learn from you! I would love to start a virtual training class of my own for women in developing countries... Teaching them how to build their own start ups. 

Damilola Fasoranti
Aug 24, 2016
Aug 24, 2016

Hello Pynk Mogul, I will send you message and we can think together how to make your beautiful initiative to happen. Hearty Cheers, Fasoranti.

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