Digital Literacy Programs
Today's global economy provides a lot of economic opportunity for rural underserved communities across the globe. With the right training and education the people in these communities could eventually work remotely through online outsource work. The goal of our digital literacy programs is to build a strong foundation of digital literacy in the rural regions, eventually working our way up to paid online outsource jobs.
Initially our digital literacy programs will provide exposure to computers, internet and the benefits that this technology can play in the rural communities. After a basic to intermediate digital literacy knowledge base is established we will begin our rural online vocational training program.
digital literacy Education
Since 2015 TVL has offered digital literacy classes to children, youth, women farmers and adults in Baoma Chiefdom. These classes provide the basic knowledge of computers, Microsoft Office, Google products, intro to coding, IOT (Internet of Things) and more.
Leveraging local innovations is one of the ways we are solving local problems. In 2015 TVL installed a digital library. This digital library solution was designed and developed by our local tech partner, LamTech Technologies, to be used in areas where access to education is scarce. Students and teachers have access to a full library of information and online education. Patrons of our Center’s can access Sierra Leone's national primary school curriculum in additional to other educational resources. Teachers can use digital content as a way to provide tutoring outside the classroom.
In late 2015, we partnered with local Sierra Leone non-profit, Sierra Leone Rising and World Vision, to launch an all girls intro to coding course in the rural village of Bumpe. The 7 week course was developed by a Salesforce.come coding engineer from Silicon Valley, taught remotely via Skype and was offered to 15 female highschool students coming from Bumpe and Golu. To learn more about this program and to see more pictures click below.
Teacher training: Basics of Computing
Throughout 2015 we ran our first series of digital literacy classes in Golu. During the year we brought in outside digital literacy instructors to teach the teachers and health professionals about the basics of computers and the internet. Each class consisted of 10 - 12 adults and ran 4 weeks at a time. In 2015 we ran 4 sessions during the year.