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Felix Ndidi: L.I.F.E Pushed Me to See Things from the Perspective of Someone Aiming for Success.

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, ICT Policy, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Felix grew up curious and looking for new ways to improve himself but, procrastination and a care-free attitude were the major hindrances to his growth. But attending the LIFE program changed his orientation on how to manage his life.
In Felix’s words, before the program, I was into graphic design and printing. I also knew little about coding, but procrastination and a stress-free life were part of my routine. The quote “time waits for no man” never really bothered me. Though sometimes, I always wondered how my goals would be actualized and how I could improve my coding and graphic design skills. During the program, answers to my questions started to unveil as I gradually learned some interesting aspects of life.

The skills I had earlier were improved at the program, I learned new graphic design styles and packages, the little knowledge of coding I had back then was transformed to a knowledge of a developer and my stress-free life and procrastination habits diminished every time I attended the LIFE Skill Classes.
According to Felix, the program was an eye-opener, and it gave him the push to start seeing things from the perspective of someone aiming for success and not waiting for it to come by.

I believe I can say I am a step ahead of most people around because the program imparted a certain knowledge and experience in me, you can call it ‘standing on the shoulder of giants’. The future holds marvelous opportunities and presently my aim is to work towards attaining each of them mostly in my field of specialization. I would also aim to be an entrepreneur because no one knows when or where their cheese will be moved.
Felix is presently studying Statistics at the Federal University of Technology Minna. He is an aspiring data scientist, a part-time programmer, and a graphic designer.

CHIGOZIE ISRAEL: I am Now a Better Person in Almost Every Area of My Life Because of the LIFE Program.

By | AbaLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICT Policy, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

It was one of my church members who introduced me to AbaLIFE training after a visit to the photo studio I co-manage with my brother. I did not know the importance of digital skills and how they could be used to grow businesses, but then, my church member went on to explain how the training was going to impact and transform our photography business.

Upon joining the training, I found out that the program was more than what I was told and every aspect of the training was what I needed. The L.I.F.E skill classes helped change my attitude towards conducting my business as I became more enlightened about things I used to pay very little attention to.

The ICT skills I got from the training coupled with the photo editing skills helped me improve the quality of our pictures. The social media skills helped to identify a free platform to advertise our services to reach more people. As of today, I can’t count the number of projects we have got in our business due to the advertisement that we placed online, and I didn’t know that this was possible before joining the training.

My best moments were during the entrepreneurship classes where I was learning and applying everything being taught in our business and I will tell that they were working like magic. One special moment was when we learned about branding and how it affects our business.

Our business name was OLD SCHOOL PHOTOS which I got to know was affecting the quality of customers we were attracting. I got home and shared it with my brother, and he said I should come with the one I think will be better.
I used the brainstorming skill we were taught to talk with a few of my friends, and we came up with YANKEE KREATIONS which caught the attention and admiration of our old customers and brought in a new set of customers.

My social status was also changed by the impact I got from the training as an O’level certificate holder, with everything I had gotten from the program, I was able to give my graduate friends tips on how to prepare for interviews which they used, and it worked for them, and they came back to thank me. Some of them could not believe that I haven’t seen the four walls of a university before.

Part of what was taught was community service, I volunteered to run the secretariat of the youth wing of my church alongside my Photography and video coverage work. Time and space cannot permit me to list all the things that AbaLIFE training has done for me as I am now a better person in almost every area of my life because of the impact the training made on me.

In January 2021, I signed a partnership contract to set up a standard and world-class studio. In all, Paradigm Initiative has impacted my life

#EchoesFromLIFE: PRECIOUS DEDE Shares her Amazing Story 

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICT Policy, L.I.F.E.

My name is Dede Precious. An alumna of AbaLIFE 2017 Batch A. I heard about AbaLIFE after my secondary school education through a friend of mine in July 2016. When she told me that there is a training center here in Aba where computer courses, skills, and other training could be acquired free without paying a dime, I doubted her. I became so curious that I had to follow her to the center when she wanted to return her application form.

When I got there, I exclaimed, what a nice place. The environment got me amazed and curious as well. I nudged aside and asked my friend again, are you sure you know what you are talking about? will they not demand money along the line? She told me No though I was not confident with her answer. I decided to meet the program officer as he came out and explained everything. I was amazed, and out of my curiosity, I told him to show me the ICT room.

To my greatest surprise, I saw a room fully air-conditioned and equipped with computer sets and projectors. The program officer told me that each enrolled student is entitled to one computer set until he/she would have completed the training. I could not believe my ears because other computer centers I know would provide a computer set quite right but would not be your permanent computer for the training duration.

Having heard this, I was fully convinced because I wanted to acquire ICT skills but could not afford the money at that moment because I was still a fresh school leaver with no capital at hand, my parents could not afford it either due to some financial constraints.

On getting home, I told my parents that I saw a training center where I could learn computer lessons free of charge. I had to cancel my trip to Owerri to attend the program. When I returned a few days later to pick the form, registration has ended for that batch. I was disappointed but did not lose hope. I decided to wait for the next batch.

During my waiting period, I got a teaching job till the end of 2016. At the beginning of 2017, I left the teaching job then applied for the program. I picked up the application form, followed the procedures, and got selected for the training. I had difficulties in transportation because my house was far from the center. At times I had to trek for an hour to the training ground due to lack of transport.  

Though distance could have been a barrier, what I saw, learned, and practiced on my first day kept motivating me. The lessons were very simple and easy and what excited me the most was the practical aspect where you practice alongside the facilitator and also opportunities given to display your work in form of a presentation on a projector screen. I thought earlier ICT was for a particular set of people and that it takes years of training but to my surprise, I acquired the skills within a space of 10 weeks.

After acquiring this knowledge, it changed my mentality and got me more exposed. I got a better teaching job with an attractive salary than the one I got before the training. I also lectured my elder siblings on ICT. I encouraged my elder sister to start up a business and the importance of product branding and packaging. Now I can browse freely on the internet and get information from it. I would also love to learn more about web design and development.

       

         

             

#EchoesFromLIFE: “L.I.F.E impacted me to own a fashion brand”, Gideon Awanife.

By | AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICT Policy, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Meet Gideon Awanife, 22 years old. A graduate of the LIFE program. Gideon describes himself as a low-class fashion designer with no computer skills. Before the program, he sewed local fabrics and shirts only. After graduating from the program, Gideon realized that he was only at his starting point and could improve his business and life.

Gideon was attracted to join the program because his friend told him that he would be more enlightened about running a profitable business.

During the program, I learned time management, how to dress nicely, advertise my business on social media, how to use Corel draw to make new clothing designs, and how to use Microsoft office packages. Also, during the program, I realized how backward I had been. The program motivated me to acquire new skills like suit making, customizations, sewing ready-made wears.

Gideon describes the post-training engagement by the AjegunleLIFE staff as excellent they keep checking up on me to ensure that I am pursuing my dream says, Gideon.

Gideon has taken a bold step setting up his fashion brand Gidstyles. He is now able to sketch his designs and bring his creativity to life. He also plans to run a global clothing company.

 

Rejuvenating Nigeria’s Educational Structures.

By | Digital Rights, ICT Policy, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

As we commemorated the International Day of Education under the theme ‘recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation’, we reflect on how learning across the world has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nigerian educational sector has been enormously affected by the pandemic. This impact is felt mostly by children and youth from underserved communities.

According to World Economic Forum, COVID-19 has exposed the education divide in Nigeria. Children and mostly youths are affected due to digital inequalities in the country and the inability to adjust to new learning methods.

The UNESCO report on Socio-Economic And Cultural Impacts Of Covid-19 On Africa, 2020 highlighted the sense of urgency needed on the African continent to mitigate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the educational sector with its high rate of casualties. 

Today, the world is experiencing the second wave of the pandemic. There seem to be no concrete actions to close the digital divide in the education sector. Recently, the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( a Nigerian union of university academic staff responsible for promoting the cause of university education in Nigeria) suspended a nine-month strike. Despite all these, academic activities are still on hold because of the universities’ lack of capacity to fully execute COVID-19 protocols.

The question remains how do we recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 context and future generations? How do we reduce digital inequalities? How do we adapt to new learning methods in a way that is inclusive with vulnerable groups? There is an opportunity to develop apt education policies and programs in line with progressive and adaptive education practices in the world as education practices will never remain the same even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Rejuvenating the educational structures in Nigeria can be achieved by addressing the underlying factors;

Access and Affordability: Many private schools have set up hybrid learning structures where tutors interact with their students via online classrooms. Impossible with many public schools across Nigeria because they are ill-equipped, lacking internet-enabled devices, electricity, and financial capacity to afford data. It implies a denial of the Right to Education. Practical steps should be taken, such as building well equipped shared-learning centers within schools in underserved communities and providing uninterrupted power supply to these centers.

Reliable Partnership: Improving the quality of education will entail partnerships between the government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. The government should cut-down on bureaucracy and provide space for innovation to thrive, while the private sector should adopt more corporate social responsibilities that are “ICT-Education” focused. The government and the private sector must shake hands with the NGOs, who work in underserved areas ensuring that models that work be scaled.

Improved curriculum: What are the use of a well-equipped learning center and reliable partnerships when the curriculum is out-dated?. Now is the time to adopt a curriculum that reflects the realities of the digital age.

Human Capital Development: Educators in Nigeria (especially in underserved communities) lack the skills required to deliver learning in the digital age. Creating appropriate teacher-development and management systems to support educators lacking the skills to function effectively in the current context.

Improved funding for the education sector: UNESCO encourages countries to benchmark their education expenditure following the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, by allocating at least 15% to 20% of the public budget to education. Nigeria’s 2021 economic recovery and resilience, the budget has only an abysmal 5.68% allocated to the Education sector. If the country is serious about rejuvenating its education systems, budgetary allocation to the education sector must be acutely improved.

In conclusion, without inclusive and equitable education and lifelong opportunities for all citizens, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.”  UNESCO. Therefore, the government and policymakers must pay attention to and seize the moment to create quality educational structures during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Gabreal Odunsi | Program Officer | Digital Inclusion

News Brief: Paradigm Initiative Launches a Six-week Virtual Training Program

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICT Policy, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative launches the first cycle of a six-week L.I.F.E (Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship) training program for the year 2021. LIFE training is a free program aimed at enhancing ICT and entrepreneurial skills among youth living in under-served communities and lacking access to tertiary education due to poverty. The training program starting on February 22, 2021, will be witnessing a major shift from in-person training at our various centers in Aba, Ajegunle, Dakata, to a completely virtual session this year.

Upon completing LIFE training, the trained youth are matched with companies to complete internships, trained and supported to begin online work (freelancing), or supported to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas. This enables them to improve their livelihoods and become active citizens.

Gabreal Odunsi is The Program Officer, Digital Inclusion at Paradigm Initiative, who answers some pertinent questions about LIFE training program 2021.

Why the needs for ICT training in 2021 and for how long will this training run?

COVID-19 global pandemic has changed the world’s reality. Numerous organizations are moving their work online for a sustainable future; this has led to an increase in demand for digital skills in workplaces worldwide. Therefore, ICT skills are needed to be more productive and employable. The LIFE training will be mostly virtual this year, due to the pandemic. 

Who can attend and is there a registration fee and a course fee?

The L.I.F.E training program is open to any young person between the ages of 15 – 28, who has graduated from secondary/high school and is enthusiastically passionate about learning these skills and willing to connect with opportunities in the digital economy in order to better their livelihood. The training is 100% FREE.

How will the training be conducted given its virtual nature? 

The program will be conducted using a virtual learning platform to deliver the lessons. We will upload the platform with resources and course activities. Also, the student will be evaluated at different stages of the training program.

We understand this program has been going on for some time now, can you tell us how successful it has been over the years?

Between 2016 and 2020, the program has trained 1119 young people in underserved communities across three states in Nigeria with 469 engaged through apprenticeship programs, job placements, running businesses, and internship programs. We are particularly impressed by the interest many young people are showing towards the program and because we know inculcating these life-changing skills in these youth will go a long way to make them sustainable.

#EchoesFromL.I.F.E: ‘My Life Right Now is a Complete Aftereffect of The Training’ ORITSEMISAN FAVOR ENEMIGIN

By | Echoes From Life, L.I.F.E.

17 years old Oritsemisan worked as a teacher with some schools and tutorial centers before his contact with the LIFE program. Although he had a little knowledge of how to use a computer, the fact that he could improve his ICT skills at the AjegunleLIFE center for free stirred his interest to join the program.

Before the program, Misan’s biggest challenge was his inability to successfully deliver any entrepreneurial skill – He’d tried using the little knowledge he had on graphics design to establish a startup called “Myme Edits”, but it wasn’t successful. “I ask myself ‘If you quit your teaching job, what would you do?’. Well, the LIFE program gave me an answer – You would be a programmer”, said Misan.

During the training, He learned more than just the ICT and Entrepreneur. Misan learned how to actively participate in teams, and how to network. The frequent individual presentations made him bold on how to speak to an audience. He learned positive character traits from the daily morning life skill sessions.

“My life right now is a complete aftereffect of the training. I can proudly say that I am literate of nine programming languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Python, Java, Dart, and Arduino) and three graphic design software (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, and Inkscape). I have taught secondary school students, ‘Jambites’ and even Computer Science Students how to code and this is only as a result of the knowledge I got at the training”.

Currently, I am the Lead Front End Developer at DrinkWater_Tech – an IT Company he founded alongside two of his mates that also attended the LIFE program. He is also a graphic designer and a Java student at the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT). He believes that with his growth pace, he’ll be a known tech nerd in the nearest future.

Social Media handles.

Instagram: @enem_isan

Twitter: @EOritsemisan

Facebook: Oritsemisan Favour Enemigin

LinkedIn: Enemigin Oritsemisan

#EchoesFromLIFE: HOW ENECHUKWU CHIBUIKE BECAME A WEB DEVELOPER.

By | AbaLIFE, Echoes From Life, L.I.F.E.

Graduating from secondary school, I was gripped with fear because I did not know what else to do with my life. Learning Computer Science (theoretically) in secondary, I developed an interest in tech, but each time I think of my family background, I get discouraged.

During our visit to National High School, Aba, we met Enechukwu Chibuike. Unfortunately, he was not selected to participate in the newly introduced Digital Inclusion (LIFE@School) Club in his school, a Digital Inclusion initiative powered by Paradigm Initiative (PIN).

Enechukwu Chibuike, undergoing training, LIFE 2019 at PIN’s Digital Inclusion Centre in Aba, South-East Nigeria

Immediately Chibuike finished his final exams he rushed to PIN’s Digital Inclusion Centre in Aba, South-East Nigeria. He enquires how much it will cost to undergo the training. He was full of doubt when told the training is free of charge. He reluctantly applied for the second batch of 2019. He was interviewed and was selected. But in doubt, Chibuike ensured that his mother attends the parent/guardian orientation. He spent ten weeks in the center, ensuring he comes early to sit in the front seat. He learned Life skills, ICT, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship.  

In his own words, “The training is an eye-opener to me in ICT, life, industry and otherwise. It helped me to discover the opportunities surrounding me and how to make effective use of them. It made me realize that being an entrepreneur is not just owning a business but the ability to find problems and provide solutions to them. 

Enechukwu Chibuike, undergoing training, LIFE 2019 at PIN’s Digital Inclusion Centre in Aba, South-East Nigeria

Among the modules taught, Chibuike developed a strong interest in web development. “During the training, I developed an interest in web development, learned HTML, CSS, and JAVASCRIPT fundamentals of MySQL and PHP.

Immediately after he graduated from the training program, he got an internship program with LearnFactory Nigeria, also a tech hub in Aba. “The coronavirus pandemic disrupted my internship program. Notwithstanding the pandemic and the global lockdown, I have ‘switched’ to the ‘new normal’ – e-learning/virtual learning.   

I have added a few new programming languages to my skills as I look forward to becoming a full-stack web developer in no time. These new programming languages are React.js, Apollo, and GraphQL. 

 

Vacancy: COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT – GRAPHICS DESIGNER

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Job Summary:  

We are seeking a Graphics Designer to join our team. You will be designing a wide variety of things across digital and offline media.  

Reporting To: 

Communications Officer

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Plan concepts by studying relevant information and materials
  • Illustrate concepts by designing examples of art arrangement, size, type size and style
  • Prepare finished art by operating necessary equipment and software
  • Coordinate with outside agencies, art services, web designer, printers and colleagues, where necessary
  • Communicate with internal customers about layout and design
  • Create a wide range of graphics and layouts with software such as adobe photoshop and illustrator.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements where necessary
  • Timely response to the communications needs of team members and providing timely updates regarding any ongoing project.
  • Produce all email campaigns, solicit content from internal sources, and manage review, testing, and sending.
  • Publish a variety of digital content with a focus on producing engaging web pages that are visually appealing and provide an overall rich experience for partners and visitors. Manage all postings to ensure content is on-brand and search- and social-optimized.
  • Develop and execute social and print media campaigns for key days, themes, and priority upcoming content.
  • Create content for social media accounts, post regularly on each account and ensure engagement with our various audiences.
  • Manage social ad campaigns and other promotions; track and share results for continuous improvement to targeting and segments.
  • Promote new content, key pages, and calls-to-action across channels. Position content to target different segments and to fit the format and publishing requirements of each platform
  • Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing tasks as needed
  • Other projects as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphics Design or any other related field
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience as a Graphics Designer
  • Experience with computer-aided design
  • Excellent IT skills especially with design and photo-editing software

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Must be an exceptionally creative and strategic thinker with good judgement and ability to make independent decisions in a changing environment
  • Must be a good communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in English
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • Proficiency with required desktop publishing tools including Photoshop, InDesign Quark and Illustrator
  • Software skills desired – WordPress, SquareSpace, MailChimp (or similar email service provider), offline and cloud-based productivity tools
  • A strong eye for visual composition
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Understanding of corporate identity, advertisements and multimedia design
  • Attention to details and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with others especially other team members
  • Ability to understand, speak and write French will be an added advantage

To be successful in this position, you will be a self-starter, capable of delivering brilliant creative ideas and showing amazing attention to detail.

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of interest, copies of or links to your graphic design works and your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open until December 31, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

How Training Programs and Training Organizations Make a difference.

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Numbers are important but a positive impact and track records make the difference. At Paradigm Initiative, our training programs are more focused on impact over numbers. The organization has been in existence for 13 years now and has not deviated from its primary goal – connecting underserved young Africans to opportunities in the digital economy in order for them to improve their livelihoods. The organization has worked with governments, civil society, private institutions, and international organizations, including the United Nations, to set standards in ICT education, telecenter support, ICT applications in rural areas, and other ICT interventions in Nigeria and across Africa.

LIFE Training Centre, Aba.

Over the years, Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has worked so hard to ensure that its focus is not only on numbers but on impact. For instance, one of PIN’s training programs is the LIFE project, an acronym for Life Skills, ICTs, Financial literacy, and Entrepreneurship – these are the components that make up the training program, and its primary focus has always been on youth within the ages of 12-28 years. The LIFE training program started in Ajegunle (Lagos State), a community in the South-West region in Nigeria but has replicated to other regions (South-East, Northwest) and currently working with organizations in the South-South and North-East in order to expand its operations and impact.  

LIFE Training Centre, Aba

As an organization, we have noticed that one of the challenges most training organizations face is the fact that they don’t keep track of participants that have gone through their training programs. They might have the numbers but they can’t measure the impact on the participants. Having records of participants that have gone through a training program has a huge impact on the organization. To start with, it helps with fundraising – grant-making organizations (funders) want to see what you have done and the impact on society. They want to hear and see your beneficiaries share their stories on how the training program has positively impacted them and moved them from point A to point B. Most times, all funders want is “we have done it, not we can do it”. 

Tracking records will highlight the fact that the organization thought leaders in the ecosystem. This will allow other organizations to want to learn and work with you. This also allows funders to look for you when they want to implement a specific project that has your name and expertise on it. For instance, PIN worked with Intel Corporation on the She Will Connect Project from 2016 to 2018 after Intel literally walked into PIN’s office and offered to work with PIN.     

LIFE Training Centre, Ajegunle.

Focusing on impact and tracking records also gives the organization good publicity and visibility. When training programs are more concerned about impact and track records, publicity and visibility are much easier because beneficiaries will talk/speak about the program (project) and the organization wherever they have the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise.

There are countless benefits when training programs are focused on impact and have records of trainees that have benefited from the program. It’s undeniable that people are eager to associate with training organizations that can track and measure their impact. When this process is in place, it’s easy to get experts and professionals that appreciate the work you do and want to contribute (volunteer) or play a part in the success of the program.

Paradigm Initiative’s LIFE program has a record of its trainees from inception, way back from 2007. We keep a database of all trainees that have passed through the program and this is reviewed (updated) periodically. The project is structured in a way that everyone we train is mandated to send a six-month regular report immediately after the training. This has helped us to know what each trainee is doing per time; the process does not just end with trainees sending reports but program staff also taking the responsibility to check on these trainees. Our program staff also ensures a lasting relationship is created before the trainee graduate (leave) from the program. We use different mediums to track (follow-up) our beneficiaries; we call and SMS them, we create both WhatsApp and Facebook groups for them in order to ease communications, and for those that don’t have emails before joining the program, we make sure they create one for themselves and ensure they get familiar with it.    

Okoye Chisom Gloria, L.I.F.E Trainee.

Every year, PIN produces an annual publication referred to as “Echoes from LIFE.” It is a publication that has new impact stories of beneficiaries from the LIFE program. This is possible because we get updates (stories) from our trainees through our follow-up mechanisms (process). Okoye Chisom Gloria joined the LIFE program after a publicity outreach that happened in her Secondary School in 2012, but she told herself that it was all too good to be true, and she didn’t give it any further thought. In 2013, she enrolled and was selected after a second trial – “The program helped me with people-relations (skills) and exposed me to ICT, and took away the shy nature in me. Chisom volunteered for several years on the program before she went further to study Computer Engineering at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State.

Okoye Chisom Gloria, L.I.F.E Trainee.

She was a group leader during practical sessions, taught tutorials to her course-mates, and also helped them with issues such as formatting of PCs, repairs, and maintenance. She makes herself available to share new knowledge with our current trainees when she is on break. Now, she has graduated from the University (2014 – 2018), completed her Youth Service (2019 – 2020), and has fully resumed with KPMG (2020) in Nigeria, one of the leading audit firms in the world as a Front end Engineer with interest in creating interactive and rich user experience products. She has experience building a user interface as a sole developer and as part of a team. We constantly follow-up with hundreds of our beneficiaries following the same process as that of Chisom. With this, the program has never run out of impact stories. Finally, focusing on impact and tracking records informs the organization of the number of direct and indirect beneficiaries recorded.     

We are in the process of replicating the LIFE program in Senegal with two-year grant support from the Internet Society Foundation (ISOC). This was possible because the Foundation saw that we have a database of young people that have benefited from our LIFE program and how they have moved on to improve their livelihoods over the years. That gave us leverage over other Senegalese organizations that applied for the grant.

 

By Tosin Abolaji – Program Manager, Digital Inclusion.

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