How are the online classes going? How are you able to ensure the beneficiaries’ assiduity?
“The training content is updated to allow students to continue their training and not suffer too much from the lockdown. Collaborative work with the trainers and the IECD educational manager helped to identify content that could be taught online Concerning the Personal care of the elderly and sick training for example, the trainers film themselves: the gestures and techniques which they usually explain during a class are shown by video. The students greatly admire their trainers who are facing danger every day. They are even more motivated because they can see what this job really means and continuing training for them is a form of support!
With WhatsApp, communication is relatively easy and interactive: despite the financial, economic and psychological difficulties, the beneficiaries continue to participate in the sessions, especially the technical sessions. For us it is also a way of monitoring and eventually winning back the people we “lose”. So far only four students have dropped out. Indeed, some students are “absent” but when we contact them they confirm that they want to continue the training on site as soon as possible and explain their absence being caused by family obligations, work, or difficulty accessing the Internet. Out of the 80 students, about 60 participate actively in the interactive sessions organized via WhatsApp.