Last week we provided training, in conjunction with the Ulwazi Programme, for the Rural Women’s Movement. The training was divided into two parts; the use and practice of oral history and an introduction to ICT. The idea behind the training was that participants would be given valuable skills for their own work and could also be trained up to join the Ulwazi Programme, if they desired.
The first day looked at an introduction to oral history – the process of oral history (speaking, listening, remembering), possible questions that participants could ask and how to prepare for and conduct an interview. We then watched and critiqued a number of oral history video interviews the Ulwazi Programme had conducted over the past few years. The second day involved practical exercises with participants writing questions, conducting interviews with each other and reporting back what they had learnt from the interviews.
The third and fourth days were devoted to improving participants ICT skills, with sessions focused on effectively using word-processing software, conducting research online and using Internet communication tools.