Last Mile Learning Sneak Preview

Posted by Marian Abernathy, LINGOs Director of Membership & Communications

Reaching the workers on the front-lines of development can be challenging. They are the ones doing the hard, sometimes dangerous work that development and humanitarian relief organizations are known for. The good people at the “Last Mile” work in remote communities, sometimes informally, often without electricity and internet. They often lack opportunities to build their skills and to effectively share their experience and wisdom with others who need to know it. It’s often impossible for the Last Milers to get training or learning that would allow them to advance their careers and to more effectively achieve their mission.

Last week, Kenyan Development and Humanitarian Relief workers had an opportunity to get a “sneak peak” at some of the Last Mile Learning resources under development. The workshop was in Nairobi, so we did not manage to reach the last mile, but had some great input from “Mid Milers.”

We had a chance to try out some of the face-to-face training materials that are being developed by teams of volunteers working with member agencies to see how the format and materials work, and the participants kindly shared some of their thoughts and guidance on Last Mile Learning adoption.

Roger Steele and I worked with “sell-out” crowds at the free workshops and focus groups on July 10 and 11. It was wonderful to get to meet some of the field staff of member organizations as well as folks from many other organizations and institutions.

In addition to the sneak peak at the Coaching resource and some project management tools, we met with a number of other organizations and institutions about Last Mile Learning. There’s lots of enthusiasm for what’s to come.

Please visit the Last Mile Learning website to learn more. LINGOs Members will hear more about Last Mile Learning at the Member Meeting (Nov 28-29 in Washington, DC) — See most recent post on this blog for more information.