Ingressive for Good partnered with Geneza School of Design to help 1000 women build skills and careers in design. During the training, we realized the need and benefits of study buddies to better help the women learn and complete their courses. So we created study groups. At the end of the program, we recorded over 70% completions. Gloria Odoh tells us about her experience leading a study group, the impact she made and the impact it had on her.
“My name is Gloria Odoh, I am a graduate of statistics from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto State. I am currently working as Technical assistant Malaria Consortium Sokoto State Nigeria. I applied to take this training because I want to learn more skills on UI/UX. I was super excited when I was selected to be part of this training.
I applied to lead my group because I wanted to gain more experience in leadership. I wanted to know what it felt like to lead a group of people and I also want to increase my ability to be able to attend to different people and be able to solve their problems. The leadership position was easy for me because I was able to attend to my group members at their point of need and I also have their support as well.
The challenges I encountered were with encouraging people to finish up their courses. Some responded positively while others did not. The benefit I got from it is that I was able to build capacity on how to tackle issues like that whenever it comes up in the future.
As a leader I learnt to be disciplined, tolerant, patient and open minded in dealing with people. I also learned that I shouldn’t be defensive even if I am being corrected by the people I am leading, because they look up to me as well. Learning design has helped me to spend my time effectively. It has also helped me to learn new skills and knowledge in order to improve my existing skills.”
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