Surf Smart kicks off in Rwanda with a training of trainers

25 November 2013

Rwanda Girl Guides Association Surf SmartThe Rwandan Girl Guides began the Smart Surf project from 11 to 15 November 2013 by training 13 trainers who will deliver the programme to girls and young women afterwards.

Surf Smart is a WAGGGS programme funded by Symantec, the global leader in providing security solutions to consumers with its Norton products. The programme aims at raising awareness of internet safety to help children and young people get the most out of their time online, to discover how to use the internet to uncover exciting opportunities, to connect with local and global communities and to share some tips on how to stay safe when surfing the web. The trainers are mainly Girl Guides who have a background in information technology. They have studied the curriculum and brainstormed on ways to deliver it successfully in three selected schools.

Rwanda Girl Guides Association Surf SmartThe activities are grouped around three themes: connect positively online, protect yourself from online risks and respect your rights and reputation online. To earn a Surf Smart badge, the participants should complete six activities, two from each theme, plus the  Yourself First activity in the curriculum.

The leaders who have been trained to deliver the curriculum are confident that it will impact on the beneficiaries. “This programme will teach youth to use internet effectively, not just facebooking and entertainment. I am excited to deliver this amazing curriculum.” Sonia Umugwaneza, one of the facilitators. Grace Uwimpaye, the National Commissioner in charge of Programme recommended this curriculum to all leaders. “It is a fun learning activity which I strongly support to continue even after May 2014 when it will end.”  .