Mozilla Clubs

Mozilla Club Leadership Training in Cape Town

Mozilla and UN Women are partnering to bring key digitial skills to women and girls in Cape Town. Our objective is to form 10 Mozilla Clubs for women around Cape Town that teach how to read, write and participate on the web in an inclusive and engaging way. The aim is to motivate club learners to become content producers and not just media consumers.

On May 14, 2016 we gathered the Mozilla Club organizers in Cape Town, known as Club Captains, and local leaders from GirlHYPE, Peo Ya Phetogo, and University of Western Cape to bring a community together around teaching the web to women and girls in Cape Town. The 30 attendees participated in many group exercises and activities to teach the web while learning how to adapt the Mozilla Clubs model in a local framework that allows for them to create safe and open learning spaces for women online and offline.

Special thanks to our Regional Coordinators, Mmaki Janjties and Baratang Miya, for supporting the event and University of Western Cape Town for hosting us.

“I am not comfortable exposing myself on the internet as there is no security."

THE AGENDA

    The goals of the training were to:

  • Learn to teach how to read, write and participate on the web in an inclusive and engaging way.
  • Practice facilitative leadership skills.
  • Provide safe learning spaces for women and girls on topics they care about.
  • Learn about tools and resources that attendees can use in their local communities.

ATTENDEES

Here's a glimpse of some of the local leaders who attended:

Asisipo, is a Grade 11 student, and a Club Captain in the Khayelitsha area. She wants to learn how to best set up her club and give girls the tools they need. “I want to teach the girls how to code. Right now they know the basics but there’s a lot of interest in developing these skills further. Therefore I am working with my school to use study time as an opportunity to hold club activities and events so to have a learning space.”

Patience, is Club Captain at a community school in Gugulethu for disabled youth. Her club focuses on teaching women and girls with disabilities how to use computers and learn skills that will enable them to sustain themselves economically. According to Patience, women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to being digitally excluded because of the lack of awareness, support, access and cost of equipment.

Chante, pictured right is a student of University of Western Cape and a Club Captain of Kika Club located in Khayelitsha- Uxlolo Secondary High School. The club aims to enable students with ICT skills to be used in their daily lives for their benefit. At the end Chante believes the young ladies would have a sense of pride and feeling of “awesomeness” for having the ability to do things they never thought they would. The Kika Club will be beyond learning, it will entail cool and enjoyable times.

Peggy, works at The Barn, a community space in Khayelitsha where she regularly runs a club out of the computer lab and teaches older women who run small businesses how to use the web and what the web can do for their businesses. She wants women and their businesses to feel connected and supported.

HOW DO WE TEACH

We spent a large amount of time understanding how to create optimal learning environments, places where individuals are able to learn at their best while also having fun in the process. Together we identified that we don't learn at our best when in traditional learning environments so we brainstormed ways to create more engaging, participatory, collaborate events.

What does it mean to get people engaged at an event? Some ideas are to make them feel safe, ask them questions, making opinions and questions valid, making them come up with their own ideas/projects, stimualate critical thinking and encouraging activities like focus groups, quizzes, scenarios etc.

What does it mean to be collaborative at an event? Some ideas are to encourage many people to contribute ideas, implement activities like brainstorms, find creative ways to get everyone involved, and have shared responsibility for tasks.

What does it mean to learn through making? Some ideas are that it means we should research for information, involve creativity, be more engaging, be activity based, have more hands on activities, include a high level of participation, and be more practical than theoretical.

How should we design learning spaces? Some ideas are that it needs to have good ventilation, minimal noise interruption (internal and external), good sound set up, clear instructions visible for everyone to see, no visual obstruction, emergency exit points known to everyone, visible signage for health and safety, provisions for people with disablities and have a rectangular/circular seating arrangement.

LOCAL ISSUES FOR WOMEN IN CAPE TOWN AND HOW TO TEACH THEM

For this activity we did some intial plotting of all the issues that women face in Naiorbi. Once we had exhausted our list, attendees were able to vote on their top two issues that they thought were most important. The top four issues that we identified were physical abuse (rape, sexual abuse, harassment), Pull her Down (PhD) (women pulling each other down), teenage pregnancy (young girls getting pregnant at an early age) and lack of mentorship (women not supporting each other).

In groups, attendees were asked to develop an activity that could be used in their events to address these issues. Here are some sample activites:

-Physical Abuse. An activity idea would be to create awareness campaigns that highlight womens rights and sharing sexual harassment policies that are in schools, workplaces and communities. Pages can be created online highlighting these policies and rights and shared as an awareness campaign.

-Pull her Down. An activity idea would be to create a platform where positive information could be shared about women. Another idea is to facilitate trust games between women so we learn to trust and support each other.

-Teenage Pregnancy. An activity idea would be to work with parents to get them more involved in their children's events and work, as opposed to them delegating parental duties to other children (who in turn are more likely to have children at young ages because they already feel like a 'parent').

-Lack of mentorship. A club event idea would be to hold a social event or luncheon that would allow women to come together and learn more about the important of mentorship and any opportunities they have to connect to each other.

CREATING SAFE SPACES

In groups, attendees were asked to brainstorm a list of how to create safe spaces online and offline. Here are their collective ideas:

OFFLINE

-Create ground rules and share agenda items prior to an event.

-Host social gatherings for women to talk and connect with each other.

-Form committees that work towards creating safe spaces at events.

-Learn to respect one another, give advice, teach each other how to approach situations.

ONLINE

-Create discussions on providing safe spaces online in newspapers and magazines.

-Develop and share some 'how-to' video workshops or best practices.

-Create an anonymous site or reporting tool where women can share thoughts.

-Create spaces online that are interactive and serve as a community group that is built and operated by/for women.

FEEDBACK

Here's some of the feedback we heard at the end of the event:

"It was a very interactive event that engaged my mind a lot."

"I liked how the teaching methods can be fun, online an oflline."

"I liked the activities and the professionalism of the trainers. It's important to not criticize anyones input during the session."

View this album to see more pictures of the training and Mozilla Clubs for women and girls in Cape Town.

WHATS NEXT?

Attendees are taking time to reflect upon their learning and how to integrate the techniques, activities and curriculum they learned at the training.

Attendees will be continuing to run on-going clubs in their local communities and submitting their events online.

WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN TRAINING LIKE THIS?

If you're interested in running a similar event in your local community just go to this page which includes the agenda and a facilitation guide for each agenda item. If you click remix (in the top right corner) you are able to create your own copy of the page and edit it however you want! Let us know how it goes by sharing with @MozLearn on Twitter.