For the past two years, Youth For Innovation Trust has been running Digital skills trainings for key populations. These trainings were are are continuing to fill up a gap from the pre-digital age to the digital age and create a new generation of tech survy young global citizens and digital marketers for the digital realm.
The sole purpose of digitals skills is to equip young people with knowledge to use digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information. Digital skills make everything simpler because one will be trying to build relationships with their online audience, be it an entrepreneur, artist, marketer, blogger, etc. It’s very vital as an individual to have the right skills and brace oneself for the tech-savvy era we are in. YIT has imparted these skills to young women who are artists and entrepreneurs, youth initiatives, the LGBT community, and other key groups who use the skill in their day-to-day activities. One of the young women who benefited from this initiative is Cinderella Ndlovu, founder, and Director of the Green Hut Initiative. She was one of the first people to be trained and we recently got in touch with her to ask her how acquiring digital skills has helped her, how she feels about social media now and the whole digital skills training program, and this is what she had to say:
“Before I took part in the digital skills training, I wasn’t a social media person, I didn’t even have an Instagram account. I had a Twitter account but I didn’t know how to tweet, how to use social media to my advantage. I didn’t know what to post, what information to put out there but I knew I needed social media to push my organization Green hut Initiative, to market us and the activities that we are doing, to connect with other like-minded individuals, or organizations that are also doing the same thing as us and to generally just be in touch with what’s happening around us in terms of current affairs. I didn’t know how to navigate around the social media streets but the digital skills program was enlightening, it was informative and it taught me a lot of things I didn’t know before, for example, the application called CANVA. I didn’t know about it, let alone how to use it but now I use it very well. It’s the one we are using at Green hut to do our newsletters and create posters. On the social media site, I now know how to create content that can capture my audience’s attention, and I also know how to engage with my audience. I have also managed to grow my organization’s account and my account. I now have over 1000 followers on Twitter, reputable followers. I would recommend this program to anyone who has an organization, business, and other initiatives because it would save people from headaches of paying for posters when you can acquire skills to create your posters.”
The next digital skills training will be in the second week of July and it will target early career professionals who will gain basic digital skills that boarder around professional communication in the online space. This includes knowledge on using online applications to come up with CVs, Resumes, Motivational and Application letters, Proposals and Concept Notes. They will explore the usage of emails, online meeting spaces, webinars and important design tools. The training comes in handy in the COVID19 era where all activities have been taken to the online space. Register HERE or contact +263292260538 or WhatsApp +263782838682 for more information.