Opening the Appetite: Data Skills for Global Development Pilot Programme, 13-17 September 2021

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Students from Gazi Üniversitesi, the University of Gloucestershire, L-Università ta’ Malta and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia took part in a pilot of the “Opening the Appetite: Data Skills for Global Development” training programme between 13 and 17 September 2021 as part of the Development Counts project.

The pilot involved completing an online self-study programme and joining live cross-country online tutorials each day. The activities in the tutorials varied from mastering new software to taking part in online data scavenges, and were designed to develop both data skills and skills in teamwork, intercultural awareness and collaboration – which are also key to successfully using data for development. In addition, students worked in international teams to conduct projects on development data blind spots and presented their findings to the whole group on the final day.

Here are some reflections on the pilot programme from our student participants –  

“It has been a very interesting experience! I would like to highlight the international aspect of the course. It has been very satisfying to work with people from different countries. In addition, we have been able to deepen a relevant project with current and real problems. A very dynamic and well-organised training”

Elena Dacal Picazo, undergraduate student at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain

“The course was beyond perfect. I really enjoyed working on R although it was challenging. The lessons were simple and fun.”

Ayana Onurlu, undergraduate student at Gazi Üniversitesi, Turkey

Briefing papers based on development data blind spots written by the student teams during the pilot programme will be published on the website in the coming weeks – watch this space! 

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