The project is aimed at empowering young people with ICT skills to enable them share their stories and raise awareness about issues that affect them on a daily basis to a wider community. They will also be trained on how to write compelling stories that can be used to advocate for change. The project aims at training 30 young people in Kawempe who will eventually be part of the implementing team. A group of youth advocates will also be formed.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Kawempe is the most poor and densely populated division of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city and with a very high population of young people many of who are school dropouts and without IT skills. Public facilities such as internet cafes are scarce in the division and too costly for most youth to visit regularly. In this IT era, there is need to empower the young people with IT skills to actively and ably share their world in one collective voice.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The project envisions a community in which young people are empowered to ably raise awareness about issues affecting them and their communities. Stories will include unemployment, health, education, environment, culture, family life among others.
Young people will be trained to use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr where they can post comments, share their own stories, news, videos and pictures on issues affecting them.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Computer training facility and a projector
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Being a member of Uganda Youth Network (UYONET), we shall work in partnership with the ICT department of the network to explore IT training possibilities for the young people.
We also work with Electronic Information For Libraries (EIFL) to implement innovative services for community development. Through this partnership, training materials customized to meet the learning needs of the young people shall be developed.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The project is aimed at training 30 young people from within the community. In addition, 2 people will be trained to implement the activities during and after the project period. This will also enable continuity of the activities and active participation of the youth after the project. The trained young people will be directly involved in implementing the project activities Their contribution towards raising their voices will be recognized.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Although, one of the activities in the project will involve training 2 facilitators to implement the project activities, mentoring of these facilitators to carry on the activities, even after the project, will be very much appreciated. Sharing of any new online technologies will also be very much appreciated.
Kawempe Youth Centre
Link to Existing Project
April 2, 2013