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1 First Nations ITC Training Issues Challenges Best Practices

2 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations2 The Challenge: Sending students to training courses Ideal for some students Grade 12 Basic ITC skills Adequate literacy level Proficient in learning with mainstream educational techniques Able to function well outside their communities Is this the profile of student candidates in remote rural communities?

3 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations3 What can we learn from a pilot community? Yekooche as a pilot community Remote (60 km from Fort St. John) 14% have grade 12 or equivalent Extensive computer literacy in those younger than 16 yrs. Some motivation to learn computer skills among young people Ambivalence among older and elders

4 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations4 The Study (Network BC/YFN) What does the community think of the training plans? What are the problems? What do we know about these problems? What has worked elsewhere and why?

5 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations5 How the Study was conducted Consultation in Yekooche Youth, elders, middle ages, administrators, consultants, treaty negotiators, etc. Review of YFN Community studies and Plans Extensive Literature Review of First Nation training and learning Consultation with Network BC Review of FNS strategic Plan – discussions

6 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations6 What does the community want? Training in the community Training suitable to learners Training available to members of each family Some want certificates Sustainability

7 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations7 What are the impediments to successful training? Negative previous experiences with school/High failure rate a warning against business as usual Mainstream school environment often culturally in appropriate Health problems prevent sustainability Limited experience with peer-to-peer training

8 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations8 Warning! What has worked elsewhere and why? Huge gap between successful and unsuccessful models Learn from experience Be flexible – no one size fits all communities Evaluate and revise

9 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations9 What has worked elsewhere and why? – The big one! 1. Community Rules! Community input in design of training the single largest determiner of success Community input into the design and implementation of the evaluation of the training also very important. Community support to address health learner health problems key

10 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations10 What has worked? The other big one! 2. Culturally appropriate training Many studies show training designed specifically for First Nation learners cultural needs and shared experience produces best results. Mainstream training models should be adapted to be culturally appropriate (see report for more on key cultural elements)

11 2006.09.29ITC training for First Nations11 What has worked? 3. Pick motivated learners 4. Measure success and adapt (working with the community) 5. Motivate the learners 6. Set the learners up for success and provide continuous feedback 7. Adapt learning models to the community needs

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