Mozilla Clubs and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) are partnering to bring key leadership and web literacy skills to communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Jordan and Lebanon. Our objective is to form more than 30 Mozilla Clubs that teach how to read, write and participate on the web in an inclusive and engaging way. We are collaborating with DOT interns and staff to increase the number of informed, active digital citizens in exsisting DOT locations.
In March, 2017 we gathered 30 DOT leaders in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to introduce Mozilla Clubs through in-person, full day trainings. We created a unique agenda for the day that combines our existing Clubs training with Mozilla's Open Leadership Training Series that can be done almost entirely offline.
Making this training accessible offline was very important. Most of the attendees that joined us lead Clubs in areas with little or no access to technology. Our biggest priority in preparing the agenda was to model a training that could be replicated without any technological barriers.
We did this by preparing a detailed training packet that is available in print or online.
Throughout the day, attendees participated in group exercises, discussions and activities related to teaching web literacy. They explored how to adapt the Mozilla Clubs model in a local framework that encourages safe and open learning spaces online and offline.
Special thanks to DOT Staff Roy Lamond, Christine Kelly, Dome Dennis, Judy Muriuki and Fredrick Sigalla for their assistance with organizing the events.
Each training took place over eight hours, with one hour dedicated to lunch. Agenda topics like working open, offline curriculum and localization brought great discussion, learning and exploration. Below are key elements we covered in the training. The full agenda is available here .
- Network Project Review - Participants broke into small groups to review Mozilla Network projects.They discussed the theme, format and impact of the project then shared their findings back with the whole group.
- Working Open Discussion - To introduce the topic of working open we held an engaging discussion about what it is and why it is important. Participants compared different working open practices and shared thoughts about the benefits and challenges it brings.
- Spectogram - Short, controversial statements related to digital literacy were read aloud to begin a series of engaging discussions. Participants moved along an imaginary scale between 1(disagree) and 10(agree) depending on how much they agree or disagree to the statement. Participants were encouraged to shift along the scale if their opinions changed after hearing what others said during the discussion.
- Vision Statement - Each participant brainstormed the vision and goals for their Club in the form of short Vision Statements.These will be used as the first drafts for their Club planning. The full list is available here and includes goals like enhancing technology skills, empowering youth, developing personal websites, obtaining mentors and more.
- Web Literacy Content - Participants were introduced to the Web Literacy Map, various activities and curriculum that they can use for teaching and learning during Club events. They explored tools that help you learn HTML and CSS like X-Ray Goggles and Thimble.
- Offline Activities - Many of the participants are leading Clubs in areas where there is little or no access to internet and computers. We reviewed a series of offline activities that can help teach web literacy basics in these instances. Everyone played Tag Tag Revolution, a physical game that teaches basic HTML through movement.
The goals of the training were to:
- Foster a safe space for participants to share and learn together.
- Teach key digital literacy curriculum that can be used in local clubs.
- Share how to be engaging and inclusive when teaching.
- Facilitate a collaborative environment that can be modeled after the event.
- Give participants the knowledge they need to be leaders in their roles as Club Captains.
- Describe uses of ICT (information and communications technology) like entrepreneurship, income sources, business, etc. - what can ICT do for you?
- Practice offline computer skills. Integrate mobile devices into training practices.
- Learn how to navigate and search the web.
- Learn how to evaluate web content. way.
Each participant brought passion, excitement and enthusiasm to the training. We learned a lot from each other and our experiences working with different communities. Here's a glimpse of some of the local leaders who attended:
Fredrick Sigalla, is coordinating Club Leaders in Tanzania and helping build out the DOT Clubs program for Women and Girls. He holds a Bachelor's degree of Science in Computer Science from Makerere University, Uganda and he is currently pursuing MBA at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Fredrick has a passion for technology and how it can be used to improve social and economic life in developing countries.
Germaine Kayisire, is Club Captain in Kigali, Rwanda. She is a DOT Youth Leader and runs a company that makes various products out of recycled plastic. As a Youth Leader for DOT she provides technology, business, and skills training to vulnerable populations through DOT Rwanda's programs in partnership with various Rwandan community-based organizations.
Grace Kibatha, is from Central Nanjuki, Kenya. She is a Sociologist and Psychologist with over 3 years experience in lifeskills development training for youths in and out of school. She is leading Central Cluster Mozilla Club in Kiambu, Kenya. Her Club is for program facilitators in different parts of Kenya working with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT).The club's goal is to gain the web literacy skills and integrate them with existing educational programs in the area.
Dennis Dome is a DOT staff member and is managing the Clubs program in Kenya. He will help train and mentor Club leaders in reagions across the country. Dome has over 5 years experience in youth engagement,leadership training, management and partnership building. A technology enthusiast and an active economic policy lobbyist, he holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Makerere University, with a focus in econometrics and development economics.
WHAT WE LEARNED
The participants came with expertise in facilitation, community leadership, computer science and education. We spent a large amount of time discussing complicated topics like teaching in lowfi areas, working openly, empowering learners and creating optimal learning environments. Together we identified challenges and possible solutions related to building web literacy skills through Mozilla DOT Clubs.
Challenges and Solutions
Challenge: Non-english speaking Club learners have difficulty accessing the Web Literacy content.
Solution: Invite Clubs to help localize web literacy content or share content they use that is already localized.
- Offline Content:
Challenge: Need more offline content especially for African Mozilla Clubs.
Solution: Use Mozilla's offline curriculum to initiate interest in web literacy, then connect with Clubs community to find or create more offiline content.
Challenge: More Club leader trainings, more often as part of capacity building strategy.
Solution: Form a common communication network forum for regional Club Leaders to share trainings techniques and learn from each other.
Challenge: Finding the right incentives to maintain participation.
Solution: Offer certificates/badges for completion of different skills and activities, make connections between Club content and pathways to opportunities. Use social media to brand Club activity and share updates regularly.
Challenge: Need more than one day for the Club Leader trainings.
Solution: Offer two day trainings when possible. Incorporate online platforms with in-person trainings so people can continue training after event.
At the end of the training everyone completed a reflection on their experience, what they learned and what they want more of. Here are a few of the results that will impact how we evolve and adapt this training for future Club Leaders:
We are happy to see a general increase in peoples confidence to teach web literacy after the event and believe we can do even better. We received great suggestions on how to do this and will be sure to incorporate them into the next training.
"Based on what I learned, I will first gather my fellow colleagues in order to have a deep discussion on how to build digital literacy in our different communities through Mozilla Clubs, all about finding the solutions through technologies for all."
During the training we introduced Mozilla's Internet Health Report and the main issue areas our curriculum aligns to. In the survey people let us know which issues they were most interested in teaching. Their preference and focus may change over time depending on the needs and skills of their Club participants. We will follow up with surveys over the duration of each Club to find out what those changes are.
"Among the web literacy issues, I can state a poor participation due to lack of confidence . This may be tackled by having enough time with the audience , humbling yourself in front of them, trying to explain the real and constructive impacts we gain when we use web literacy or digital issues, then after they must be well convinced and help their local communities."
Participants were provided with examples relating to each issue area. They discussed the examples in small groups and share their findings with the larger group. This was a good introduction and with time we hope to better understand how these issues impact learning within Clubs.
Despite our high event rating overall there is a lot we can do better. We got feedback on how the training was too short and participants wanted to have more time exploring tools and roadmapping Club activities. Here are a few examples of the many suggestions that will help us improve:
"I believe some participants dont have basics of web design. An activity should have been included that allows one to just interact with the whole structure of html page."
"Mention opportunities available to Club Captains as incentives to get them motivated even when the going gets tough."
"We could have more than one day of training because what seems like the end ,is often the beginning. So, it would be better to have more than one day for a deep sharing."
"It was a wonderful event, though there has to be a way to enable some local club leaders or club coordinators with help to conduct similar trainings to other club leaders who didn't have a chance to attend the training."
Participants will now launch Clubs in their home countries. As they recruit Club learners and host Club events they will share their experiences on our community channels. These updates are viewable on the Mozilla Clubs Event Reporter, Mozilla Learning Forum and Clubs Facebook Group.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
If you're interested in getting involved in Mozilla Clubs or any of the work Mozilla does here are some options:
- Apply to start a Mozilla Club, local groups organized by network members, meeting regularly in-person to teach, build and protect the open web.
- Join a Mozilla Study Group, for scientists, academic and industry researchers who want to share research data, collaborate across disciplines and learn to code.
- If you live in or near one of our Hive or GigaBit Hive cities in North America (New York, Chicago, Austin, Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Toronto), check out local learning opportunities, programs and projects.
- If you’d like to get involved with Advocacy for the Open Web, check out our current campaigns on Encryption, Copyright, and more-- there’s lots to learn and do.
- If you’ve got a terrific project that you’d like to open—or just an idea for an open project that you’re ready to kick off—check out our online Open Leadership Training Series or apply to be mentored in an Open Leadership cohort.
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