On 29th October 2016 NairoBits held this year’s last Focus Group Discussion (FGD) at Paradise Lost in Kiambu County. The FGD which was attended by 141 people is part of outdoor activities which are held every year to bring together the Digital Garage students, Media lab students and NairoBits staff to interact outside the classroom. Both Digital garage and Media lab students go through a six months comprehensive course in graphic design, programming and soft skills in training centres located in different areas within NairoBits hence the need to bring them together to learn and have fun out of the class environment.
The aim of the recreation activity dubbed ‘FGD’ is to create an environment where the youth can express themselves, bridge understanding through working together, have fun outdoors and generally learn from each other. “Our Training Coordinator Wilson Masaka underscores the importance of the FGD,”this is a great initiative which should be nurtured. I have witnessed many young people who were afraid to ask questions in a classroom open up when we go for the outdoor activities which is a clear indication that young people learn fast and express themselves given the right platforms “he says.
After the ‘FGD’ the students were expected to;
- Learn from each other, especially since they do not come from the same area (Mukuru, Mathare, Dandora, Huruma, Kayole, Kibera etc.).
- Work on their communication skills and self esteem.
- Form teams for business ideas or any initiative of their choice.
- Embrace team spirit and diversity
- To achieve all the above, they participated in games and other activities that were well coordinated by a team from Chrisc Kenya, student’s committee and NairoBits staff. There were football matches, sack race, dancing and singing competition, group competition just to mention but a few.