It was all smiles at Queens Resource Centre (QRC) as 26 girls receives their certificates after successfully completing the Intel Easy Steps Course. I was there personally to witness this great moment and celebrate their success with them, since their success is also my success and largely the success of their families, their community, Kenya as a country and Africa as a whole.
At Africa Initiative for Rural Development – AiRD we are working towards Digital Literacy of Women and Youth around the country. We work with Local partners to deliver education, digital literacy and entrepreneurship programs to empower communities, improve employability and increase economic opportunity.
The Graduation ceremony was organized by the fine people at QRC on Friday 13th May 2016. IN attendance were the students graduating, the Parents, community members and local leaders. It was a day of Pomp and color as joy filled the air and the aura of achievement engulfed the venue. The director of the Center, Edwin Odembo somebody who I admire very much, (will tell you his story some other day), had worked hard together with his Trainers, Kelvin Mbuni, Allan Ojiambo and Victor Apopo to make sure that everybody was ridden of the ICT ignorance. Having trained these trainers myself was also a moment of pride for me.
The training was done as a one on one and when the students were ready they were introduced to the Online Learning Portal where, they did a competency exam and then certified. The reason for me adding a small competency exam at the end of the course was to build a sense of achievement for the students – after all who isn’t more proud after passing an exam? It also helps to build a sense of seriousness for the course.
There was a total of 53 graduates, 26 Girls and 27 Boys. This is a great achievement for Shewillconnect, being able to reach this kind of equity especially in rural Kenya is a great achievement, greater than the one third Gender rule! This means that girls are being provided with an opportunity equal to that of the boys. I personally will continue to push for this to happen anywhere that I go to train.
The Certificates were presented by the Chief Guest and after that people ate and drank to their fill. Sodas flowed in plenty and so did Fish, Chicken, Beef, Rice, Chapati and Ugali. It was a journey with a lot of ups and downs but we took it one step at a time, with determination and closing our ears to pessimistic people who were out to discourage us. In the end we were triumphant.
A great day it was.
These girls will now be able to improve their self-esteem and expression, expand their social and political participation, the new skills will allow them to obtain formal education, become entrepreneurs or secure employment.
Congrats to the Graduating Class.!!!