What We Do : Focus Areas

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Digital Literacy

OGE is implementing its youth digital literacy and leadership training, Community Connectors, in South Africa. This program teaches adolescents information technology, leadership, business planning, and community engagement skills (see the curriculum here: http://ccg.runckc.org.). Community Connectors is informed by One Economy’s US based Digital Connectors Course, which has already trained 5,000 US youth who have engaged technology adoption campaigns that have reached more than 500,000 under-connected residents throughout US. The Digital Connectors curricula feature skills-building training for career development, including am emphasis on business skills for  entrepreneurship.

Recent data have suggested that Digital Connectors participation generates a higher rate of high school graduation and college enrollment. OGE is in a strong position to deliver Community Connectors in many of the countries where it has strong community NGO and technology center partners. Trainings are delivered by career facilitators as well as local OGE trainers based in Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa deliver trainings to computer center managers (see the full curriculum here: http://ckg.runckc.org), for nonprofit computer center owners. The goal of these trainings is to teach market principles to create sustainable centers that do not require any outside investment. Through its work with Cisco, OGE works with local nonpro! ts to develop Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs), which are community-driven technology access points. OGE and partners train local managers to improve their skills in business, technology, and community engagement. OGE has conducted managers trainings courses for nearly 100 center managers in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

OGE and partners offer morethan 40 hours of instruction in this course on topics ranging from creating revenue streams and business planning, to using video cameras, to community asset mapping. Master trainers are designated before the program as leaders who will take ownership of the training upon completion, and they offered the curriculum and encouraged to train other center managers in their community. Feedback from this has been overwhelmingly positive.

In October 2010, OGE and Appleseeds Academy, partners in Cisco’s  commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, delivered on-site training to computer center managers in Kenya to increase their business management capacity and further the growth and sustainability of their centers. In January, 2011, OGE and Appleseeds added 17 new local Community Knowledge Center (CKC) partners by delivering this business-and digital literacy managers training to managers from the nonprofit Siyafunda Community Technology Center (CTC) in  Johannesburg, South Africa.

In March 2011, as a sign of Siyafunda CTC’s satisfaction with the training, Siyafunda CTC hired OGE and Appleseeds to deliver a managers’ training to 35 more new CKCs, through a subcontract from its nonprofit partner Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). USAASA will train all of its 200 center managers across South Africa in 2011. OGE and Appleseeds seek to be the lead trainers for these trainings.