Ending Computer Illiteracy for Rural Women in Yemen

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Ending Computer Illiteracy for Rural Women in Yemen

Yemen
Project Summary
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To educate women in rural areas and villages in computer and internet skills, with a current focus on Wadi Ahmed (village outside of Sana’a).

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Field of Work

education

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Year project started (or projected start date) (yyyy)

2008

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What is the primary problem your venture is trying to address and how are you addressing it (or planning to address it)?

A lot of women in Yemen do not know how to use computers, which hinders their access to the job market and other fields of society. This project intends to teach women in the villages to use computers.

Innovation
Project Description

To educate women in rural areas and villages in computer and internet skills, with a current focus on Wadi Ahmed (village outside of Sana’a).

Unique and different

While computer training courses exist for women in the cities, this is the first project of its kind to provide computer education to women in villages. This project will help give hope to women and provide them with the skills to achieve a better future for themselves and their country.

Project plan

In the first month, we will gather 40 women who are interested in training in the center that we have in Wadi Ahmed. For 3 months, we will train them in computer skills: how to use Windows, the internet, Microsoft Office programs, etc. After the training is completed, we will provide them with courses on how to find employment. The next 3 months will follow the same schedule with new trainees from the same village.

Partnerships

We have partnerships with:
SOUL, NGO for Development for Women and Children: we went to them for ideas to extend education to rural women and they helped us develop this project.
Ministry of Education: they approached us with a desire to build more schools in the villages.

Impact
Impact

By the end of this project, at least 80 women from the village will be trained in how to use computers and computer software, and more women will have an awareness of the importance of developing such skills and becoming a self-sufficient individual.

Effectiveness

We conducted a similar training in Bani Mater village which provided training for 50 women. Our project aims to benefit women living in villages who do not have access to this kind of education.

How do you engage and impact the community?

We will bring not only knowledge for teaching women computer skills, but also create an awareness of the importance of learning such skills and proving that women can learn things like this and create a better future for themselves. We will post announcements and invitations for this training around the village, visit schools to talk about the opportunity, and then begin the training.

How do you measure this impact?

By seeing whether the women who leave the training will be equipped with the knowledge to effectively use computers, and if they are able to obtain jobs.

Obstacles

In the last project, obstacles we faced were transportation, lack of sufficient number of computers (we only had 5). In this current project, everything is available (transportation, trainers, students), the only thing we are missing is computers and software. We need enough computers to serve the high number of trainees we predict we will have. For the last project, we had personal donations of 200,000 YR ($1000) and used computers at the government schools. This time, there are no governmental schools with computers.

Sustainability
Financing source
(or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)

Personal donations, and we will ask companies and organizations for donations as well.

Aside from financial sustainability, how do you plan to grow and sustain your project?

If we have the computers, then we have four teachers (volunteers) who are willing to stay in the Center in Wadi Ahmed to provide continual training courses there open to the people. This is the first thing. Then, these teachers will also go to the schools in the village to provide classes on computer skills for students. Also, the women who come to our center and obtain this training will return to their village and be able to provide training for other villagers, and in this way sustain the project and help it grow. Especially if we are able to build computer labs in the villages, they will have the opportunity to develop their computer skills and pass it on to other people and new generations.

Finance details

For the last project, we had personal donations of 200,000 YR ($1000) and used computers at the government schools.
Number of people on team: 6 (Financial Officer, Secretary, Program Officer (who is also teacher), two Teachers)
Partners: 2

Creative funding

We are approaching companies and organizations who are interested in this project to provide funding or equipment donations. We have approached computer companies for donations (though they have not answered yet), and approached various embassies and NGOs though they have refused because they are only providing sewing machines to teach handicrafts to women.

Other non finance needs

We just need computers and software. We have the place, the transportation, the trainers, the trainees, and everything else. We only need the hardware to train them on.

The Story
Motivation

I was studying at the Youth Development Center, and part of our studies there was to create feasible and sustainable projects. My sister was living in the village of Bani Mater though I was in Sanaa, and I realized that women in the villages did not have access to the same educational resources as women in the cities. Especially with regard to computer skills, which are so necessary for employment and for development today, lack of access to this information was damaging to the potential for village women to succeed. We conducted the project in Bani Mater and it was successful so we decided to continue it in other villages.

Awards

Our project was recognized as the 4th best project graduating from the Youth Development Center.

Broader context

Currently, there are no computers in the villages. And girls do not have the same rights as boys to travel to the city and study computer science in schools and universities. With this project, they will have the opportunity to learn such skills, which will empower them to be able to travel to the city and earn further education without depending on their families for the support.

Ongoing

We are starting this project in these two villages, but hopefully it will extend to all of Yemen and all the villages in Yemen. Hopefully, the women who come to our center and obtain this training will return to their village and be able to provide training for other villagers, and in this way sustain the project and help it grow. This will be the first project of its kind in Yemen and hopefully not the last. The success of this project will give our team the power to continue with more projects like this in the future, and hopefully we will expand the education beyond just computer skills to other skills as well.

What is your age?

24

How did you hear about this competition?

From Soo-Rae Hong at YCMES who advertised at the Youth Development Center.