Akvo is attending two Cross Country Learning Events (CCLE) to help the participants capture the knowledge they gain from learning from each others experiences and knowledge sharing. At Akvo, we keep each other informed and share best practices within the team by shooting short video interviews. The idea here is the same.  

I am attending the CCLE Education in Buenavista, Bolivia and Luuk Diphoorn is at the CCLE Health in Entebbe, Uganda, you can follow him here on twitter and flickr.

Joel Baguma explaining how the Knowledge Tree works

Let me briefly explain a CCLE.  During a CCLE, participants from every country in the Connect4Change (C4C) consortium that are part of the education programme come together to focus on “Enhancing quality & access of education.” They do this by sharing their experiences on what they have learned in their projects. This means that we have partners from Peru, Bolivia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi and the Netherlands all together in Boliva. Have a look here to see all of the participants. This CCLE is organised under the C4C programme by IICD and Edukans and is facilitated by CEPAC.

The African participants had a long way to go to travel to Bolivia. First they gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa and together they travelled via Brazil to Bolivia. For most of them it is the first time in South America so that is very exciting!

The CCLE Education started on the first day with writing down what talents we have and what areas of interest we want to know more about. All talents and areas of interest are added to a knowledge tree, the talents are the leaves and the areas of interest are the roots. This way we can easily find each other and talk in-depth about certain subjects. The rest of the day is about getting to know each other and each other’s projects by using the marketplace methodology. Everyone makes a poster of their project and sells his or her project like a salesman. We made a video recap of the first day (it’s longer than three minutes but it is bilingual) and, if the Internet connection cooperates, we will post it online.

In the afternoon I gave a short introduction on how to shoot video interviews so that the participants were able to use video cameras during the school visits on Wednesday morning, 23 May 2012.

On the second day we visited three school projects of CEPAC in the area of Yacapaní, Santa Cruz. The participants were divided into three groups, School Nino Jezus with the “Teenager school programme,” El Carmen: “Class Room observation,” and Simon Bolivar: “Educational Games.” Here Cresentia, Roberto and David give short overviews of what they observed and what they learned from the projects.

We now have two more days to learn even more from each other, but it doesn’t end here. It is one thing to share experiences but it is another thing to take these learnings back home and share with colleagues and other partners and implement what you learned.

Kathelyne van den Berg is Akvo’s Connect4Change programme manager