July 18th to 20th marked a very important step for Kenya in its support for the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign. A joint effort of the Kenya Telecentre Network and VACID Africa has been greatly boosted by support from Intel® to organize a three day intensive senior trainers training on the Intel® Easy Steps curriculum. Mr. Suraj Shah, the Consultant at Intel® expressed their commitment to promote digital literacy among learning institutions, rural and marginalized communities through promotion of digital literacy education.
The 3-day training engaged participants from various telecentres in hands on discovery of the Intel® Easy Steps curriculum, It also provided a no-fee license to use of the Intel® Easy Steps materials, which includes:
- Intel® Easy Steps Basic Course
- Intel® Easy Steps Activity book.
- Intel® Easy Steps Facilitation Guide.
- Intel® Easy Steps Evaluation Toolkit.
- Intel® Education Help Guide
- Intel® PC Basics and Templates for marketing.
The participants are expected have capacity to enable them train women and other community members when they go back to their telecentres. Participants expressed their satisfaction and all look forward to using the resources provided to further the objectives of the campaign but above all enable their communities especially the adults.
VACID Africa and Kenya Telecentre Network will serve as liaison between Intel and the telecentres implementing the training as well as approve the localization of materials. The two organizations will also conduct an evaluation and follow up with the telecentres to keep track of the numbers of women or any adults reached through this program.
The hallmark of the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign in Kenya will be its launch before the year ends. Through efforts of VACID and KenTel, many partners have been reached within the country to seek their support for the implementation of the campaign. These include Kenya ICT Board, Ministry of Information and Communication, Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program, World Vision, Techno Serve and The National Council of Churches of Kenya among others.