May 2019. The WTA served as the technology advisor in the DFID-Funded Cycle of Transformation project for four years in Tanzania. That program was based on the WTA’s program model. Below is one of the success stories published by the project.
Cycle of Transformation: Shattering Gender Barriers in the Most Unlikely Places
In rural Tanzania women are often constrained by traditional rural lifestyles, with little education and few livelihood opportunities. This causes many women to marry early, sometimes with a lifetime of hardship subject to the demands of her husband. Computer technology now provides great promise for employment and entrepreneurship, yet it is often characterized as a male’s occupation, so few women are being trained in computer skills. But not for women involved in HDIF’s Cycle of Transformation project, a 44 month program to advance likelihoods through computer access, digital literacy training, ICT vocational training and work-based learning.
Sophia grew up in a remote rural area in the Kilimanjaro region, the eldest child in her family. Both of her parents are farmers, growing maize, sunflowers and beans. She too was destined for a traditional lifestyle except her parents enrolled her in VETA Nangwa in the hopes of giving her a better future. Then Sophia joined the Cycle of Transformation project…
The Cycle of Transformation changes old ways of thinking to create new opportunities and horizons for students, teachers, and schools. We do this by training youth in computer and business skills that they can use in their local communities, then provide work-based learning through school-based student-run enterprises (SBSRE) that they manage and operate. In the process, students gain experience and confidence for employment and entrepreneurship. The program was implemented in five schools in the Northern Zone of Tanzania, made possible through a partnership with VETA, the Ministry of Education, the Tanzania Small Industry Development Organization (SIDO), with World Vision Tanzania (WVT) as the lead partner.
We begin by providing technology access in schools through computer labs and internet. Two enthusiastic and committed students from each school are then selected by their teacher to become teacher’s-aids during the school year. They attend Training-of-Trainers (ToT) sessions side-by side with their adult teacher, learning to teach the three computer curricula introduced by CoT. Every semester thereafter, the teacher identifies two new students who completed the computer training to return as teacher’s aids for the next group of students. Finally, trained students apply their skills to produce needed computer products and services, generating value, revenue and trained teachers (teacher-aids) to allow the program to sustain.