A Study on the Innovative Applications of Technology in the Skills in Demand Project for Equity and Inclusion – A Case Study of Luanshya Technical and Business College in Zambia

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF10 Sub-theme: Promoting Equity and Inclusion // In 2019, the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) invited proposals for participation in the Skills in Demand (SID) project. The model of the project involved the identification of skills that are in demand and partnerships were encouraged between training institutions and industry partner who met the criteria. Luanshya Technical and Business College (LTBC) partnered with the Nakadoli Furniture Cooperative (NFC) on the Copperbelt Province in Kitwe and submitted its proposal which was successful. This was followed by a visit by the then CoL Education Specialist Mrs. Terry Neal who visited LTBC and the NFC to appreciate the existing situation. Mrs. Neal also conducted a project design workshop where the problems to be solved were identified, skills to be developed were determined, learner’s personas were established and the learner journey was mapped out. The project plan was then drawn which also identified the stakeholders who would be critical to the success of the project. // A contribution agreement was drawn between the CoL and LTBC for the implementation of the project. The project is funded by the CoL with LTBC as the implementers in conjunction with master craftsperson’s from the NFC. The project involved a number of factors that promote inclusive learning using basic technology such as the mobile phones and laptops as well as the Raspberry pi, a gadget which provides free internet access for the Moodle lessons uploaded on in. LTBC is developing the open education resources for the CoL while CoL has provided the Moodle platform, consultants, the raspberry Pi and other support services to LTBC. LTBC was responsible for the recruitment and enrollment of ten (10) master craftsperson’s and 50 apprentices to participate in the work base training at the NFC. // The main outcomes of the project covered a range of areas including inclusive access and use of technology for all participants in the project. It also aims to promote gender inclusion and equity in technical skills training especially for the women and youth. The baseline study that was conducted revealed that most of the would-be participants in the project live below the poverty line. The is the hope of LTBC and the CoL that the Skills in Demand Project will result into reduced poverty through increased sales revenues, increased household income, reduced gender discrimination in the furniture industry, increased employment especially after graduation as well as increased registration of businesses for youths and women. // Paper ID 3922

Inclusion,Equity,Technical/Vocational Education and Training (TVET),Open Educational Resources (OER),Gender