18twenty8 Township Tech Project
18twenty8 - Empowering young women. Personal development through education
Township Tech - IT enrichment and entrepreneurship solutions for girls
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Sudáfrica, GT, Johannesburg
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Sudáfrica, GT, Johannesburg
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18twenty8 is a women-led Non Profit Organization that empowers young South African women between the ages of 18 and 28, from disadvantaged backgrounds, by developing strategies for their educational and personal development. We encourage young women to view higher education as an attractive and necessary tool for their empowerment.
We have carved a niche for ourselves by being one of a few organisations in South Africa that is 100% led by young women who empower other young women. Being young, female and previously disadvantaged ensures that our approach remains empathetic, skills-enhancing and relevant to the young women we serve since we have experienced some of our beneficiaries' challenges first-hand.
Since 2009, we have conducted life-skills workshops for girls in Grade 11 and Grade 12 at high schools in peri-urban, disadvantaged communities around Johannesburg. We have six main workshop categories:
• Professional Speaker’s Day
• Self empowerment and personal branding
• Health and Lifestyle
• Green Girls – Exposure to the Green Economy and environmental conservation
• Career Development
• Education Workshop – funding for and the transition to tertiary education
In 2010 we were the winners in the Education Category of the JET Community Awards for School Level Programmes of Excellence.
In her capacity as the Founder of 18twenty8, Refiloe Seseane has received the following accolades:
• Member of U.S. President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders’ Initiative
• Spark* Changemaker - an Australian initiative for Social Entrepreneurs
• Member of the Young African Women Leaders' Forum with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama
• Recognition as a Top Young South African by the Mail & Guardian newspaper
• Board Member - Independent Schools' Association of Southern Africa (ISASA)
• Winner - Inyathelo Philanthropy Award (Youth in Philanthropy category)
• Winner - CEO Magazine Most Influential Women in South Africa Award (Leaders of Tomorrow - Welfare & Related Community Services category)
• Top 3 finalist - Black Business Quarterly Awards (Young Business Achiever category)
• Protégé at the MTN Business Leading CEO Council with South Africa's top CEOs
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Nombre de tu iniciativa
18twenty8 Township Tech Project
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Idea (estás listo para lanzarla)
¿Cuánto tiempo se lleva poniendo en práctica tu iniciativa?
Operando entre 1-5 años
¿Cuál de las siguientes describe mejor la(s) barrera(s)s a la que da respuesta tu innovación? Elige hasta dos.
La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
Digital exclusion in South Africa’s peri-urban, low-income high schools and communities.
60% to 75% of learners in community high-schools do not chose IT and computer applications technology (CAT) as a subject because of the Math pre-requisite and the misconception that the subject is difficult. The CAT curriculum is not tailored to specific tertiary courses or careers. This makes it difficult for learners to use technology as a tool for their educational or entrepreneurial endeavors. The lack of interest in computer literacy means that girls end up digitally-disadvantaged in the workplace or at university or college.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
18twenty8 Township Tech is a 6-month computer literacy and entrepreneurship project for girls and young women from townships across South Africa. It will be piloted at Etwatwa High School in Wattville – a low-income community East of Johannesburg. 25 laptops with peripherals will be bought for the project.
5 unemployed young women will be recruited as youth facilitators and trained, pro-bono, for a week by Mr. De Bruin on the ICDL Microsoft XP course. At the end of the training they will write the ICDL exam. They will also be trained on software and hardware maintenance - eliminating the need for technicians. They will on-train high-school girls from grade 8 to 12 (in groups of 20 girls at a time) according to grade after school hours.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
1. Recruitment of youth facilitators
• Lowers youth unemployment rate
• Ensures community buy-in
2. Training of youth facilitators
• Develops young women’s ICT skills
• Pro bono training lowers project expenses
• Hardware and software maintenance training eliminates need for technicians
3. Training of high school girls by youth facilitators
• Exposure to ICT for all girls regardless of whether CAT is chosen as a subject
• Intellectual stimulation means girls are less likely to engage in unproductive activities
Youth facilitators will also train the girls to use basic video cameras nicknamed “GirlsEye”. These will record every aspect of the project and see it through the girls’ eyes! “GirlsEye” encourages digital storytelling, film-making and multi-media entrepreneurship
5. Ripple effects of youth facilitator stipends
• Financial independence for youth facilitators and their families boosts local economy
6. Personal support
• Academic enrichment from facilitators whom girls can relate to eliminates language and cultural barriers which make IT intimidating
• Women in IT will motivate senior girls about career options and build mentoring relationships
• Interest in technological careers will lead to long-term increase in girls’ enrolment for tech-related study programs post-grade 12
7. Youth entrepreneurship
Youth facilitators will be motivated to become community-orientated job creators through a direct and relevant utilization of their skills e.g designing websites for local businesses
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
Microsoft Digi-Girlz project is well-resourced and has the potential to overshadow our project. However, it is shorter than ours and Microsoft’s lack of personal relevance benefits us because two of our directors grew up in Wattville.
There are no award-winning, women led NGOs that offer a similar project in Wattville – in its internet cafes young job-seekers use obsolete technology and have no high-school-focussed academic enrichment programs.
A long-term risk is local government which can try to factionalize our idea or setup similar projects funded by the state. However, state-run youth programs are fraught with bureaucracy and implementation challenges which we can address given our organisational structure and 3-year experience in youth development.
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¿Qué solución/es propone tu iniciativa para mejorar la vida de las niñas y mujeres a través del apalancamiento de tecnologia/s? (selecciona todas las que apliquen)
Acceso a tecnologia, Acceso a educación/capacitación, Acceso a oportunidades económicas.
¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de la solución hasta la fecha?
• Life-skills workshops have reached 753 girls in 11 high schools in 6 low-income communities. They received information and opportunities on bursaries, scholarships and entry-level jobs to pay for their tertiary education.
• 60 learners transformed their school by planting indigenous trees and building a recreational area through the Green Girls workshop in May 2012. 6 youth facilitators were trained and paid for this project.
• 22 girls are members of 18twenty8 as Little Sisters and are mentored by professional women through our Big Sister Network
• 2 Little Sisters are being sponsored for their university studies until 2015 by Deutsche Bank
• 1 Little Sister is being sponsored for her university studies until 2013 by a private philanthropist
• On-going community engagement
• Self-esteem and confidence boost
• "Pay it forward" spirit - Little Sisters eager to become Big Sisters and mentor younger girls
¿Cuál es tu impacto proyectado para los próximos 1-3 años?
• Expand to 2 other provinces and run high school workshops at 7 high schools in each province - Impact 2000 girls through these workshops
• Match 60 Little Sisters and Big Sisters in each province
• Provide higher-education financial assistance for 5 Little Sisters in each province
• Buy 1 multi-functional property in our current province and 1 multi-functional property for each of our 2 growth provinces. These will eliminate the rent for the office space that we are currently renting and grow our fixed-asset base. Income will be generated by providing accommodation to our beneficiaries.
¿Qué barreras pueden dificultar el éxito de tu proyecto? ¿Cómo planean superarlas?
Funding is intermittent and project-specific. Funding is not for strategic growth
• Invest 35% of all funding in an equity portfolio and re-invest dividend income
• The equity portfolio also creates collateral for when we need to raise more funding from financial institutions
Human capital challenges. Not attracting and retaining the right people. Willingness but lack of availability of skilled people
• Refer skilled people for other business opportunities in exchange for volunteering services to 18twenty8
• Provide tax exemption certificates for value of services provided
• May be mitigated ad hoc through network contacts
Las iniciativas ganadoras presentan un plan fuerte de cómo van a alcanzar y realizar un seguimiento del crecimiento. Identifica tus metas a seis meses para el crecimiento de tu impacto
Secure funding and train facilitators. Grow mentor base. Exposure to IT careers and further studies
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a las metas de seis meses.
Secure funds; Community and partner-high school engagement; Market project through social media; Buy and insure equipment
Allocate girls according to grades for youth facilitators; Confirm mentors
Encourage “GirlsEye” video camera uploads; Girls act as project ambassadors and popularize project by word of mouth
¡Ahora piensa en grande! Identifica tu meta de impacto a 12 meses.
Growth in project funding through publicity; Provincial replication using pilot school as reference
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a tu meta de impacto a 12 meses
Facilitators complete ECDL and other qualifications after training; Mentors assist with company-bursary and internships
Employed or self-employed youth facilitators donate 5% of income for project replication
Body of evidence presented to stakeholders for further funding; Ongoing motivation of girls; Grow corporate support
Historia de la fundación: Queremos saber acerca del momento en el que hiciste "¡Ajá!". Comparte la historia de dónde y cuándo el/los fundador(es) vio (vieron) el potencial de esta solución para cambiar el mundo.
The idea to start 18twenty8 came in October 2008 when, at age 28, Refiloe Seseane reflected upon the previous ten years of her life and what she had accomplished academically, emotionally and professionally since the age of 18. She felt that she would have gone a lot further if she had had someone mentoring and supporting her. So she decided to provide the support that she did not have when she was 18, to other girls. That was what inspired the name 18twenty8.
The 18twenty8 Township Tech project is based on the growing digital disparity between girls from high and middle-class backgrounds and those from low-income communities. This affects their personal, educational and professional outcomes. Refiloe observes this disparity on a daily basis.
Cuéntanos sobre tus alianzas.
• Through the American Embassy’s initiatives as well as the Spark* Changemakers Forum we network with alumni for support and ideas
• Through Inyathelo we receive media publicity, organizational governance and capacity support
Por favor, pon en claro las necesidades u ofertas que hayas mencionado anteriormente y/o sugiere categorías de apoyo que no están especificadas en la lista