Girls Of Vision Project
Provision of ICT, Life skills, Financial literacy skills, and Online work & Healthcare planning skills to 100 marginalized and vulnerable girls in West Pokot region, Kenya
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) in partnership with World Vision International – Kenya and Global Give Back Circle (GGBC) provided training in ICT, Online Work, Life skills, Healthcare Planning, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and Online work to an estimated 100 girls from West Pokot region in Kenya.
The young girls trained had braved through various challenges during their school career among them teenage pregnancies, child marriages and cultural practices such as female circumcision that could have impacted negatively on their productivity and output.
At the point of training they had completed high school education and were at their transition point to tertiary /university education.
The girls were trained over a period of six months starting March 2016 through to August 2016 when the girls graduated from the program.
Prior to the training, ACWICT carried out a training needs assessment aimed at establishing the girls competencies and previous knowledge with computers to ensure the girls gain maximum value from the training.
At the end of their training cycle, the girls sat an examination to ascertain their competency in the skills taught during the training cycle. They were awarded certificates post-training in a colourful graduation ceremony.
The girls were also connected to additional upskilling opportunities including the international Hour of Code event, TukoWorks youth employability and entrepreneurial portal.
The training recorded a higher completion rate of 96%. The girls were computer literate, had learnt how to use Microsoft Office, Basic Web Design, Budgeting & Saving, Entreprenueship, inter personal skills & self-esteem, decision making & problem solving skills as well as reproductive health.
Recruited & Enrolled
Hired by IEBC
9 girls managed to secure positions in the electoral body of Kenya, IEBC, as polling clerks in various sub counties in West Pokot.
Some girls took advantage of videos on YouTube on bead work to design cheaper pom poms and mats using a sack bag and knitting wool.
Developed a Saving Culture
A group of 15 girls formed and registered a round table for contributions, savings and investments.
Social Media for Business
Girls doing beadwork learned how to use ICT for business. The began using social media sites to promote and sell their products outside their communities.
Peer Group Formation
One girl has mobilized other girls to form a group to empower young girls on reproductive health and how to avoid early marriages resulting from unplanned pregnancies.
One round-table group member from interior parts of Pokot where people walk long distance to access kiosk services started her plan of opening a kiosk with the group savings.
In a strategy aimed at improving the girls’ performance in their final certification exams, ACWICT introduced practice tests early in the training cycle. Tests were done online using computers connected to the internet.
Investing technical IT skills in the young women of West Pokot makes good economic sense, as such the girls are now well endowed to become a reliable source of qualified personnel who are able to help address labor market – Ms. Constantine Obuya, ACWICT Executive Director.
“A great investment in women, ” is the reference Mitchelle Obama gave when speaking about Faith Chepkiror from West Pokot