Md. Ahsan Habib is from Bangladesh, he works for a national NGO focusing on WASH and disaster response.
Hello Ahsan! How did you hear about the e-learning platform Kaya, and which courses did you take?
I was looking for free online courses on Google and that’s how I found one of my favourite learning platforms… After discovering Kaya, I felt like I should have found it earlier!
I have successfully completed multiple courses and I am still learning. The courses are really useful for a number of reasons. The way they are presented is compelling which means I could stay focused for a longer period. These courses also save time and money if you compare them with face to face training.
What did you most enjoy during the courses? What could have been improved?
During courses, participants can enjoy different sorts of quiz activities in so many different ways. These activities make courses much more enjoyable and help participants learn effectively. In the online course “Communication for immunization”, I was given a car, a mobile phone, a note book, a backpack, along with a mission! Could you imagine what happened throughout the course? At the end of the course, I myself developed communication strategies, channels and activities after anglicising the existing context. It was like I was playing a video game! Finally, I would say that recognition motivates me to complete a course. After finishing courses on Kaya, we can get certificates and digital badges, which add value to our CV and more importantly to our capacity.
Did the courses have an impact on your daily job/career?
Yes! Having expanded my knowledge in many areas, I feel much more confident now. It makes duties much easier and increases my productivity as well. For instant, one of my responsibilities is to develop project proposals and concept notes in conjunction with our central team. After going through two particular courses on project management and MEAL, I have become more competent.
Everyone has a different understanding of the word “humanitarian”. What does being a humanitarian mean to you?
For me, being a humanitarian is a real adventure where people continuously try to make the world better by undertaking many challenges.
What would you say are the greatest challenges surrounding humanitarian learning today?
Generalisation: humanitarian organisations often generalise new knowledge after testing it in a few contexts. I know there are many barriers and reasons behind it. Perhaps, it is fund crisis which does not allow us to test a new intervention method in many contexts in terms of location, culture, strength and weakness.
The COVID -19 situation: this is one of the greatest challenges as it extremely limited our mobilisation.
Although online learning/distance learning is quite slandered, it still lacks recognition from humanitarian professionals. There is no room for doubt that distance learning will take the lead at some point. However, without having proper acknowledgement, this positive transformation remains quite slow.
Keep up the good work, Kaya!
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