Train-the-trainer builds resiliency for girls school
Adei Technology Hub successfully equipped the school with the skills needed to accelerate the integration of technology in education, allowing the girls-only school the opportunity to foster resilience and overcome the restriction of pandemic.
In 2020 we established an initiative that fostered resilience, through our Technical Skills Training program. This was done in collaboration with Lycée Sainte Marie de Cocody, a girls-only public school, classified as a High School of Excellence. The program trained 21 teachers in technical digital skills and gave them the resources necessary to impart the lessons learnt to the 1400 girls and 190 staff members at the high school.
Before the collaboration, the school already had an existing digital skills teaching program but the educators lacked even the minimum level of computer literacy required. Our train-the-trainer initiative was tailored to promote resilience and sustainability within the school. This was done to ensure that the learners would be able to continue to learn throughout the pandemic and the instructors would be able to disseminate their knowledge long into the future.
The initiative provided the teachers with knowledge in applied digital skills and basic computer programming, which has allowed for the introduction of coding in the schools curriculum. Furthermore, the program introduced the teachers to a project based approach of teaching, which is a more practical and effective method of learning.
This initiative came at a time that required great resilience and through the exposure to Adei Institute's blended learning methods, which was supported by an online learning management system (LMS), they were able to develop a comprehensive online learning experience for their students in response to the Covid19 school closure.
ELEVATING WOMEN-LED TECH VENTURES
Adei Institute of Technology provides opportunities to high potential talent and start-ups to reach the next level by providing exposure to expertise and leading technologies worldwide. This exposure enables them to take advantage of the global digital economy and leverage opportunities.
One of the high potential talents that Adei Institute mentored and trained, through the Adei Educate - Launch. Boost. Grow. program in 2020 is Dédé Tounkara, who is the co-founder as well as the representative of the start-up MaiSoin, a social enterprise who was at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey. Dédé has a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University with experience in disease surveillance in Central Africa.
MaiSoin mission is to improve access to health-care for as many people as possible, which would encompass providing quality at-home health care. MaiSoin offers an electronic platform facilitating the connection between healthcare professionals and patients in need of at-home healthcare. Furthermore, the MaiSoin application facilitates electronic data collection during home visits.
Through her involvement in our program Dédé was able to elevate her business and was granted the opportunity to pitch to investors. Her involvement has also made MaiSoin eligible to participate in our future fellowship programs. In which the selection is based on mentor recommendations, start-up potential and the fabric of the founders.
In the testimony below, Dédé thanks ADEI Institute for an excellent program and is grateful to her mentor for endorsing her application to the program. Corinne Ouattara, founder of Pass Santé Mousso is herself a female entrepreneur formerly beneficiary of Adei Institute x Demo Africa program in 2018 which propelled the HealthTech entrepreneur onto the international stage of the launchpad for African innovation, Demo Africa 7th edition in Morocco in 2018. See more of this story here.