Hello! I’m Melissa, the lead content specialist at Funzi! In between helping our clients Funzify (what we call it when we apply our mobile pedagogy) and launch engaging mobile courses, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to develop professionally! And that’s what attracted me to take part in the Dare to Learn event last week. I’m really excited to share with you what I’ve learned at the event, and I also hope that doing so will inspire others to share and apply their own findings in educational environments all around the world!
If you don’t act on your dreams, all they’re going to be, are dreams. Like most things in life, you need to put in the work to get results. Following our previous blog ‘I am a refugee, but more importantly, I am a dreamer’ on World Refugee Day, we wanted to share with you two more stories from former refugees. Learn about how both Ahmad and Ammar are working to turn their dreams, into realities.
This is the story of refugees, of people, of dreamers, of doers. But first and foremost, these are stories from real people who never let their adversities define their potential and future. In these stories, get to know the dreamers living in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
In cooperation with Funzi, Kepa has developed a mobile course to give citizens tools to defend the space for civil society.
The Civic Charter is a charter for civil rights, a tool to defend civil rights and freedoms. It discusses the rights of all of us to unite, meet, and express our views. It also reminds us of civil society’s rights and opportunities for participation, as well as access to information, funding, and cooperation.
Information becomes obsolete over time. For your company to remain competitive, your employees should always be up-to-date on new developments in their areas; continually improving their skills. Simply because the training sessions conducted two or more years ago are most likely outdated and no longer relevant to the current business situation. And considering conversations about the future of work, this is truer now than ever before. A future where the rise of automation and AI will replace existing jobs with newer, less predictable ones will require a workforce that can learn different sets of skills quickly to address skill gaps that may arise.
This article is inspired by and draws on our podcast series Embracing Failures with Chiara Condi, Wayan Vota, and Shabnam Aggarwal.
Let's talk about the dreaded F-word that we often fear and have probably been taught to avoid; “failure” that is. Throughout our school years, we are afraid of ever disappointing our parents and teachers by getting an F or 0, but it’s not until we’re adults, move to live on our own, and start living our lives, that we realize that failing isn’t the end of the world. In fact, Chiara and Shabnam said that they wouldn’t have been able to achieve their goals if it wasn’t for the failures. Sometimes you can learn more from failing than you ever would from succeeding.
In recent years, mobile devices have transformed the way we learn and consume information. One major way technology is affecting the workplace is in how training is delivered. In 2016, there were 4,8 bn unique mobile subscribers globally. That said, as the leaders of today’s organizations, you need to understand how this development affects your workforce, and adapt accordingly.
Today’s employees are internet and mobile-savvy individuals. The majority of their communication, and even learning, can be carried out in the palm of their hand. Mobile is an integral part in their everyday lives, and therefore an excellent platform for corporate training as well as lifelong learning.
This blog was originally published on Medium by Funzi Ambassador Henry Onyango.
“Don’t grow up, it’s a lie!”. There’s truth in that warning. Part of being an adult is having the ability to swift through numerous decisions that are constantly coming your way. Most of us, if not all, have suffered a burn out at some point. Ruling out medical conditions like chronic fatigue, and assuming that one get adequate sleep — one of the major drives behind the constant exhaustion and eventually burn out is decision fatigue. Put simply, we make way too many decisions and the quality of our decisions deteriorates along the curve.
Life really is about human interaction and the best things we’re able to create are done together. So our team at Funzi wanted to understand how mobile learning can support the growth of real-life communities. That was the key aspect in mind for us when we set out to build the Funzi Community and Ambassador Program. We also wanted to build a deeper relationship with our users, to find out what about Funzi works, and what we can improve - because of course you, our users, know it best!
Funzi to deliver mobile learning services to UNDP Syria in 2017 to help strengthen the resilience and socio-economic stabilization of individuals and communities in Syria. The goal of the partnership is to help achieve UNDP Syria country program objective by promoting long-term participation, sustainability, and self-reliance of UNDP local partners.
This blog was originally published on the OECD Forum Network here.
The world is changing rapidly, and along with it, the working life. Industrialization, globalization, digitization, robotization - these are all making old jobs obsolete and thus, deepening the unemployment challenges our societies face. So how do we overcome these problems? Entrepreneurship is a buzzword and it is mentioned in multiple fora as a critical component of the solution. Increasingly, it comes with the prefix “inclusive”. What is inclusive entrepreneurship?
Traditional business textbooks suggest that it’s logical to build your presence at your home market first, and then expand abroad. There’s less risk, fewer resources needed, less research that needs to be carried out; it’s a “risk-averse” strategy, or in some cases probably a “smart” strategy. In a Clarkson (2015) article on how to start a global business, the Founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, states that “launching your brand overseas will be hugely expensive, and finding distributors and retailers that are willing to take on an unknown brand will be extremely difficult”, so in other words, first start local and build a strong brand presence at home.
But why do some companies go big before they go home? Why did Funzi?
Following our dreams can often be scary; especially when there are so many uncertainties. What will others think of me? Are there tools that can help me achieve my dream? Will my dream job allow me to make a living? It’s hard to take a risk and make that leap of faith to follow our true dream career. But, if you are grinding your days away in a job you have no passion for, I would like to invite you to dream a little further: how could you earn a living from doing a job you love?
The Funzi Ambassador Program launched on July 12th, 2017 at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya. We had inspiring conversations about the current state and future of learning, as well as how to advance a growth mindset and the mentality of lifelong learning. Other Funzi Ambassadors have previously taken initiative to host several events to work towards building supportive learning communities. They have also helped us gain a better understanding of how Funzi can be useful in our users’ lives.
Most working in the tech industry are familiar with the concept of the technology evangelist. A person that takes the technology, product, or service that a company develops, creates a story around it, and roams the world, making everyone aware - and a fan - of that tech, product, or service. Globally, famous service and technology evangelists include Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki, Dan’l Lewin, and my fellow Finn, Peter Vesterbacka. Not all technologies succeed or survive and that makes the job of the evangelist often lonely and always challenging.
Funzi is bringing our learners handfuls of skills to build their dreams!
We’re introducing an improved way of portioning learning content on Funzi. We call these new bite-sized units handfuls of learning cards. Handfuls are optimized for quick and easy consumption. They will help users pace their learning journey.