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To connect to the Internet

To connect to the Internet we need the following tools
• Computers or laptops (sets)
• A modem and telephone line (if you are using dial up access) or a data line of some sort (if we are not using dial up access)
• An Internet browser (software) and software to connect to the ISP, Email software, Plug-In software
• An account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
And for resources, we shall need both the non-electronic and electronic resources including CDs, Cameras, tables and chairs for trainings, projector etc
Our training goal will focus on empowering community members especially women and young girls with basic ICT and solutions; therefore there will be training of women and young girls on internet access and use: there will be free computer and internet access available at center for practice and research to help bridge the digital divide and provided new sources of information and knowledge.
Staff-refresher course and participant trainings: Staff will trained and also be given dozens of training modules, covering basic computer literacy, Web design, internet research, blogging, and wiki creation etc. Center offerings will be tailored to meet the needs of local women in the communities.
The introduction of ICTs in education has resulted in the further marginalization of those who are already underserved and/or disadvantaged. For example, women have had less access to ICTs and fewer opportunities for ICT-related training compared to men because of illiteracy and lack of education, lack of time, lack of mobility, and poverty. Girls have earlier curfew hours and domestic chore responsibilities which limit their access time, and local patriarchal beliefs tend to allow boys to dominate the computer lab environment.

Measures have been proposed to address this gender bias including encouraging schools to develop “fair use” policies in computer labs, conducting gender sensitivity sessions, and advocating for reducing the after-school duties of girls in their communities to give them more time to use the computer labaratory

we have provided young girls in the community with a wide range of trainings in computers use, camera use or video recordings. We have helped people to get familiar with the basics of computer skills, learn about the different social media sites, setting up e-mail accounts. Gave them skills-set and help them set up a Facebook accounts that in turn helped them connect with their families and friends both local and international. At the end of the day, It’s something to try for people who are passionate about helping others and just overall contributing to the growth of the community. Another hurdle is teaching people especially young girls and boys to become more confident in using the computer.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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kateindc's picture

Resource exchange

Thank you for doing this important work! Women and young people can gain so much through access to technology and skills.

If you are looking for support for your project, have you considered posting to the Resource Exchange board? If you go to "My Pulse" and select "Post a Need or Offer," other World Pulse members can respond to your request. The more information you provide about yourself and your needs, the more likely you are to receive a supportive response from within the community.

There is also a "Guide to Fundraising: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/solutions/41528" - tips for fundraising and a space for members to share additional resources and best practices.

Best of luck!
Kate

Community Outreach Africa's picture

thanks

thanks Kate for your advise and i must do it for the success of this program

Christine Kyomuka

Kristina M's picture

Very Ambitious

Wow, what an ambitious project! It is nice to see that you are showing how to use other technology besides the computer such as cameras and video equipment and how they can all tie into together. I can tell you have given a lot of thought to including women and girls into these classes.

I wish you the best of success!

Kristina

documama's picture

Building commuter skills

It would be so interesting to see some of the video the girls are working on, and I agree that it is important to combine all of these technology skills and encourage the girls to be at the same level as the boys. This is a great project and I truly am rooting for your success.

phoang's picture

Great objectives

It's always great to hear about community outreach programs with specific plans in place to help marginalized groups who, without other means, would have no access or computer-skills. It's important to not only encourage young girls and women to participate, but also change parts of the culture that would limit these opportunities for women. Education is crucial to this movement. I look forward to hearing more about your program!

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