Opportunity Around: Open Call for Application for Organization working with people with disabilities in Rwanda to learn how to teach digital literacy (Deadline : 21st , Oct 2022)

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Opportunity Around: Open Call for Application for Organization working with people with disabilities in Rwanda to learn how to teach digital literacy (Deadline : 21st , Oct 2022)

Intro

The GIZ project Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development (DSSD) in partnership with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation (MINICT) is launching an open call for organizations working with people with disabilities: Participate in the development of a streamlined curriculum and a train the trainer seminar for teaching people with disabilities in ICT skills. Organizations, schools, ICT companies, and government institutions interested in training people with disabilities on digital literacy can apply to be part of this project. As a precondition, this exercise will focus on assessing the currently used curricula and capacitate organizations and trainers to be able to provide high-quality digital literacy training to people with disabilities.

Background

To date, Rwanda’s digital transformation has been driven by the government – a large part of the population has neither direct access (for example, without the support of intermediaries) nor the necessary digital skills to use information and services, most of which are provided by the government. The ability to use ICT (digital literacy) is put by the Rwandan government in the ICT sector strategy at 8.4% of the total population. For the same reasons, increased services from the private sector, for example in mobile payment options and account management or e-commerce, are only adopted by a fraction of the population.

Within the scope of the governments’ Digital Ambassador Program, Rwandan citizens from all over the country have been offered digital literacy trainings to access services. However, there have been only few efforts to train people with disabilities, particularly from the rural communities, on basic ICT skills. This is due to different needs of people with disabilities who might require special assistance to access training centers and/or personal assistance during the training.

When looking at closing the digital divide, the need of the most vulnerable groups cannot be ignored. To address this issue heads on, the Rwandan government, with support from DSSD, is developing a national strategy for digital inclusion. The aim is to look at existing digital literacy initiatives such as the Digital Ambassador Program, but also at other aspects such as affordability of digital services for vulnerable groups, including those living with different disabilities in rural communities.

To establish commitment for the digital inclusion of people with disabilities in Rwanda, the Ministry of ICT and Innovation (MINICT) has assembled a stakeholder committee consisting of different government and non-profit organizations, aiming to professionalize training curricula and to scale the delivery capacity of existing organizations to reach more people with disabilities.

DSSD has committed to support the training of 1000 people with disabilities. As a precondition, this exercise will focus on assessing the currently used curricula and capacitate organizations and trainers to be able to provide high-quality digital literacy trainings to people with disabilities.

Process

To achieve those objectives, GIZ in partnership with MINICT will help 10 organizations which have experienced trainers already working with people with disabilities to expand their operations into digital literacy. They will be part in designing a streamlined and standardized curricula and participate in a train the trainer seminar. Furthermore, 3-5 organizations from those 10 will receive assistive technologies based on the criteria detailed below.

Roles and responsibilities of the Selected Organization:

  • Collaborate with the consultant to streamline the curriculum that will be used by all OPDs
  • Provide at least 2 staff members or trainers (not necessarily being full time employees but any trainer that you onboard) to participate in a 3-week training for trainers about the streamlined curriculum. The training will be taking place in Kigali, and each organization will train 10 people with disabilities out of Kigali as a test-run.
  • Train at least 50 people with disabilities outside of Kigali using the skills and experience gained from the training of trainers within 3 months after the training with the consultant
  • Provides all needed reports on time as required by the project supervisor
  • The selected organizations engage in the project from 15/11/2022
  • 3-5 organizations that will get assistive technologies and be engaged in deep training about the use of those assistive technologies to support people with disabilities.

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to co-design digital literacy standards and a curriculum for people with disabilities in Rwanda
  • Fully funded training on the streamlined curriculum for 2 trainers per organization
  • Training stipend for participating organizations when successfully trained 50 people with disability outside of Kigali on digital literacy
  • Assistive technologies for 3 – 5 organizations

Selection Criteria for the 10 organizations to participate in Training for Trainers:

  • Main operations in Rwanda
  • Already have people with disabilities as main beneficiaries
  • Minimum of two own trainers with teaching/training experience in their organization
  • Trainers need to have conversational skills in English and Kinyarwanda

Who can apply:

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Social Enterprises
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Government institutions
  • Schools and educational institutions who have been or are working with people with disabilities

All selected 10 organizations are required to collaborate with the consultant to streamline the curriculum that will at the end be used by all organizations supporting people with disabilities. Furthermore, the selected organizations will also participate in the training in Kigali with the consultant about the streamlined curriculum.

At the end of training, the selected organizations are expected to train at least 50 people with different types of disabilities such as physical, visual, hearing, learning, etc. outside of Kigali on digital literacy following the roadmap and curriculum developed by the consultant.

Applications will be received until the 21st of October 2022. Selected organizations will hear from us via email.

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