#Time To Shine-ICT (#TTOS-ICT)
#TTOS-ICT project aimed at Engaging, Educating and Empowering girls in south Sudan through a philosophy of chain Based Trainings (CBTs)
What problem does your innovation solve?
The formal education system in south Sudan has created professionals who are more of job seekers rather than makers, with women and girls being affected most. They are looked at as a source of wealth for their families who exchange them for property and wealth; and with the war and economic crisis, the bride price for the girl child has escalated. Therefore the need to Engage, Educate and Empower the girls to be champions of change and development in their communities.
Explain your innovation.
Our Innovation follows a philosophy of ‘Chain Based Trainings (CBTs) with a focus on mentoring and creating independent, innovative and confident girls/women who can proudly compete with their male counterparts in the field of ICT.
The #TTOS-ICT Project is a cutting-edge development approach applicable to South Sudan’s educational context. It will have meaningful social impact on a large scale in terms of the global development challenge with regard to denial of education, e.g. early and forced marriage, alongside the effects of conflict, unemployment, economic poverty, illiteracy, negative cultural practices/beliefs, and unplanned pregnancies.
Our innovation targets girls in primary and secondary schools. These girls are still at the early stage of learning and we believe the best stage to start mentoring them.
We train mentors from University level who go down to these girls in secondary and primary schools and also act as mentors.
The young girls in primary and secondary schools in turn go to their communities and train a girl or boy who can not afford to go to school (they act as mentors in their communities); and the chain continues.
How is your innovation unique?
Our Innovation uses ICT as a tool to education and peace building especially for the girl child in south Sudan; and we use chain based training to pass the knowledge imparted to the participants to other beneficiaries in the communities who can not afford to go to school. The direct beneficiaries are expected to teach what they have learnt to a girl or boy in their community so that the chain of learning can be widened.
Other similar initiatives teach leadership to women but their target group is always the literate women while the illiterate women are left out. In addition, our initiative targets girls in the early stages of learning; primary and secondary schools; and they are mentored by girls studying at the university.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
What is the best way to expand the network of young ICT enthusiasts especially women and girls?
Is ICT mentorship enough to change attitudes of girls in south Sudan especially the aspect of self independence?
Tell us more about you.
We are an Organization with a team of young visionary ladies and men in the field of Information and communication Technology. We have a diverse team of mentors, IT technicians and students studying IT at the university of Juba.
Yes we have a connection to Mexico
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Emergency Setting - Elaborate
South Sudan has been affected by armed conflict that has also paralyzed education and left the girl child vulnerable. This innovation involves mentorship of the girlchild and does not require a traditional classroom setting to be implemented. It is a hands-on innovation that requires out of the box thinking making it suitable for this kind of setting; it can also be easily implemented in Protection of Civilian camps.
Where will your innovation be implemented?
Our Innovation will be implemented in South Sudan's capital city Juba and in IDP camps
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
University of Juba
I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.
Sector Expertise - Elaborate
Our team consists of two Teaching Assistant at the college of computer Science and Information technology, University of Juba. We have worked as mentors for students especially the girl child in South Sudan; and we have experience working with other International partners from countries like Mexico, Germany and other African countries on projects similar to my Innovation. we are piloting the Initiative with support from UNDP south Sudan
Existing Prototype or Pilot: I have tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Juba, South Sudan