In May, I transfered to Kisumu and was attached to One Global Economy, a non-governmental based in Washington, D.C. The project is a partnership with Cisco Systems and Appleseeds Academies to set up Community Knowledge Centers to deliver community skills, technology skills, leadership skills, management skills, and critical thinking skills and to ensure the sustenance of the Beehive (http://thebeehive.org), a locally produced website with resources related to the opportunities and needs of the community.
The following is a series of blog postst that I wrote during a training I attended last week.
Day 1 of CKC Manager's Training
The day began with several groups of strangers coming into the training room. Groups of strangers from different CKCs throughout Kenya - ranging from Western/Nyanza Provinces to North Eastern Province.
We began the day with introductions - getting to know one another's names and where we all come from.
As the day progressed, we had group activities whereby we got to know each other quite well.
We had a session talking about the importance of a joint vision, and had group discussions were we worked with CKC owners to see how the operations of CKCs are affected by the mission and objectives of an organization.
As the day progressed, by lunch time we were no longer shy with one another and quickly we all were mingling with other CKC managers, owners.
Lastly, we finished out the day by setting up our own accounts on the RunCKC website.
What a great day we all had!
Following the opening with the song, another one of our participants led us in a review activity of the previous day's events.
One of the participants wrote the following regarding the previous day's events:
" Yesterday was a great day for me. It was a start. The beginnign of a journey of learning. We met each other, we mapped the goals, we hope to achieve in the end, we learned what tools we had at our disposal and which ones we needed to acquire.
Yesterday was the first step and I'm excited to be part of the grand commencement"
It was a great activity that helped us see where we were from the day before and getting us on track for today's activities.
Next we had a session on sustainability and we discussed different income generating activities.
Following the sustainability session, we had a session in which learned about the different equipments each CKC will have. We had a group activity to try and indentify the different equipments and then we had some live demonstrations of setting up the equipment.
Later we talked about community asset mapping - and we had some live demonstrations of how to approach members of the community and also a demonstration on how to approach potential donors.
After lunch, we had a field trip in which we went out into the community where the Soweto CKC is located and practiced community asset mapping by asking members of the community the questions we created during the sessions before lunch.
And stay tuned for further updates from the CKC Manager's Training in Nairobi.