We all know that social change happens when people have the resources to succeed, and that’s what’s driving our member organizations to deliver learning to their staff. The LINGOs Learning Platform (LLP) makes it simple for any organization to manage their staff’s learning. However, most organizations depend on the help of people who may not be working for the organization, but in some way, help the organization to achieve their mission. The LLP can be used to reach those learners.

Recently, I had a chance to hear from LINGOs members who have been offering courses to an external audience including partners, fellows, interns and others. Their testimonies are truly inspiring and get to heart of what LINGOs is all about – delivering the right training to the right people at the right time.

ChildFund International has developed a series of courses addressing Child Protection in Emergencies and is making these courses available to the ChildFund Alliance. This global network of 11 child-focused development organizations is working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. “We are trying to reach colleagues from our Alliance Members and the courses are open to those whose job responsibilities are directly related to the course content” said Grace Gao, an HR Generalist at ChildFund who manages the LLP.

Ipas, an organization that focuses on women’s reproductive health and rights, offers courses to external colleagues and partners via Ipas University. The audience is typically clinicians (physicians, nurses and midwives) and those who work with them. “However, anyone working in women’s reproductive health and rights is welcome to learn, and the portal is open to all” said Kyle Pennisi, Quality of Care Advisor at Ipas. “Currently, courses are available in English and Spanish, and are being accessed by learners across the globe.

At the Institute of International Education (IIE), training is available to those in the fellowship program, Centroamérica Adelante. The Deputy Director of Outreach and Scholarships, Evelyn Torres, said, “We’ve had two successful application processes from which 88 people were selected each year to participate in a 10-month leadership development program. They are experienced leaders from different sectors working to increase the impact of their work on social change in central America.

The IIE offers courses in Spanish that are related to its in-person curriculum including Project Management, Management and Leadership, Personal Effectiveness, Finance, Human Rights and other subjects relevant to NGOs. One participant, an Advocacy Director in El Salvador, said, “I was able to complete a course on Project Design and Management and it was a very good experience. The content was detailed, pertinent and accessible.” Another participant, a Regional Director in El Salvador, said, “LINGOs is a complete tool for professional development. Its methodology is very attractive as it includes videos, conversations and questionnaires. Personally, I found the interactive learning techniques online very interesting and the topics were relevant to my area of work – social change.

These case studies demonstrate that organizations that have extended their learning programs to a wider audience have found it a simple process to set up and manage, and have all received positive feedback from learners. If you have an audience you would like to reach, get in touch with your LINGOs contact to get started. We’d love to help you extend your learning program to those who need it so that everyone is given a chance to succeed.


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