Creating Opportunities for Rural Women and Girls through Digital Skills Training

As the Vocational Training Coordinator at Africa Development Promise in Uganda, I have the joy of guiding, directing, and watching strong-willed women and girls work hard to acquire digital skills. The six-week digital training course covers essential skills in understanding the computer and function of the keyboard and an introduction to Microsoft Office. 

The participants value the training because it is a free service and recognize that digital literacy is necessary to engage in the current workforce. Furthermore, in rural areas, people struggle to access vocational skills, especially digital literacy.

Since April 2021, I have trained nineteen participants who graduated with a recognition certificate from ADP. Most are between thirteen and twenty-five and are eager to learn and put their skills to work.

Nakoyo, a former kindergarten teacher, is one of our most outstanding trainees. She lost her job last year when all schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, she expected to go back to work in a few months, but after several months passed, she decided to start a small tutoring business. That turned out to be an intelligent decision as schools have been closed for over a year, which is the most prolonged disruption than anywhere in the world. Nakoyo’s start-up business is progressing well, but she felt the need to improve her computer skills to promote her business. Upon learning about ADP’s digital skills training, she immediately enrolled to learn how to market her business by designing flyers, posters, business cards, and, most importantly, maintaining her business records.

 

Although the training we offer is very basic, Nakoyo would stay longer to practice and improve her skills. She recently graduated and although I have not had a chance to visit her business, I have been pleased to see her different flyers around the community. 

Nakoyo’s story is just one of the many positive stories about women and girls who have acquired digital skills training through ADP’s program. As we look to the future, we plan to reach more women by adding 10 more computers and offering intermediate training that includes word processing, database management, creating spreadsheets and presentations. We look forward to sharing more success stories with you.