On 6th and 7th March 2017, the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME), hosted the first workshop in its Knowledge Sharing Seminar (KSS) Series.
The KSS Series aims to provide timely, accessible, and relevant capacity-building workshops for education and development Non-Governmental Organisations/Non-Profit Organisations (NGO/NPOs).
Having worked in the education sector for over 30 years, CASME identified a need to strengthen local capabilities and talent both within the sector and within their own organisation. The KSS Series thus aims to broaden knowledge, deepen skills development, and create a space for peers to come together to network and to learn from one another.
The KSS Series will feature one event per month over the next six months, with topics ranging from how to use creative data visualisation techniques, to how to leverage social media for fundraising and marketing. The event programme also includes a seminar on Excel for beginners, a project management refresher session, and a workshop on how to utilise open source tools for NGO/NPOs. By leveraging their partnerships and networks, CASME is committed to drawing on sector expertise to facilitate quality sessions, whilst keeping the seminar registration costs to a minimum.
The first workshop in the KSS Series, entitled: Monitoring and Evaluation 101, provided participants with an introductory overview of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes and tools. The 2-day event was generously funded by the Zenex Foundation, and the donated funds were used to invite Benita Williams and Daleen Botha of Benita Williams Evaluation Consultants to facilitate the workshop.
The 26 participants who attended this first workshop came from a range of local organisations.
Overall, the workshop was a great success and the participants acknowledged the relevance and importance of M&E. This first KSS Seminar provided a comprehensive overview of M&E, which will assist the participants in managing, implementing and reporting on their programmes more effectively and efficiently. CASME would like to sincerely thank the Zenex Foundation for funding the event and for their ongoing support.