Our volunteer Coaches change the lives of children every single day by teaching them about issues like disease prevention and conflict resolution. They make education fun using play-based activities and games, and validate the children’s engagement through interactive guided discussions. So naturally, we wanted to enhance their communications, provide incentive for their continued commitment and increase their employability—all by providing valuable professional skills.
Through the generous support of Microsoft and a delivery partnership with KiBO Foundation we implemented a three-month Digital Literacy Training program based on the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum and our programs and tools. Through hands-on instruction, we helped build the Coaches’ capacity to use technology to communicate using email, social media and our new Portal to Play and to improve their employability.
While some were initially afraid to reach for the mouse, they quickly got the hang of it and were able to connect with their peers to discuss their work and its successes and challenges, as well as share Right To Play program information.
This training has allowed the coaches in all of our projects across Uganda to communicate with each other and their project supervisors in a more efficient manner. Instead of waiting for in-person meetings that sometimes require more than three hours of driving to attend or using expensive mobile phone calls to connect, they are now able to have discussions as soon as they are needed.
The enthusiasm of the coach participants—from Kampala, Hoima, Mubende, Lira, Soroti, Amuria and Isingiro—was contagious, as they discussed how the skills they acquired will offer many new opportunities and how they plan to access or even purchase computers for their personal use. Thanks to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s Community Technology Access lab in Nakivale Coaches, most of whom are teachers, in the Oruchinga and Nakivale refugee camps were also able to join in and benefit from the classroom activities.
Having access to technology has increased our work productivity throughout Uganda. More importantly, it has bolstered our Coaches’ confidence, empowering them to be better leaders to the children and youth they reach and to their communities. With properly typed resumes listing their new technology-based skills, their influence and marketability is expanding.
Microsoft has been a proud supporter of Right To Play since May 2013 by providing support for two separate, but closely linked projects. The first project is an investment in Right To Play’s core activity in East Africa – the Raising Her Voice program. The second project is a series of interconnected information and communication technology (ICT) projects that will be piloted in 3 East African countries. The initial projects look to support and enhance the Raising Her Voice program, while over the long run these ICT projects will have a substantial impact on Right To Play’s ability to deliver quality and life changing programs to children around the world.