5th Capability Program kicked off Successfully

Participants of our 5th Capability Program
Participants of our 5th Capability Program

What an exciting kick-off workshop for our 5th Capability Program to Cambodia! From October 31st to November 2nd, the candidates gathered for their first module at Leuenberg, Switzerland. Together with tandem partners from Cambodia, they developed a vision and roadmap for the creation of a very innovative pilot that has never been tested by BOOKBRIDGE!

The pilot will be about mobile learning and how villagers from remote areas can get access to quality education by the means of tablet technology. The implementation will take place in the surroundings of BOOKBRIDGE learning centers in Takeo and Chansom Senmongkul in the Takeo province of Cambodia.

The team of the 5th Capability Program is composed by 13 candidates, among them Swisscom employees and individuals. They all have several years of working experience and come from different areas such as management, business and IT. They have precious former experiences in Asian countries which will help them at their BOOKBRIDGE project. Over the course of the next six months, candidates turn into real entrepreneurs and will set-up a mobile and technological social enterprise in Cambodia.

During the 3-days kick-off workshop, the candidates grew together as a team and developed an understanding of the challenge they face. In virtual Skype session, the team hooked up with local tandem partners from Takeo where the social enterprise will be set-up in March 2015. Joanna Hafenmayer and Heike Rudolf von Rohr facilitated the sessions as business and leadership coaches.

Until January, the candidates will work in virtual teams on understanding the needs of the local community, assessing the environment as well as organizing the project. The next physical meeting will take place on February 6-8 in Zurich, Switzerland. Candidates will pitch their business plan in front of their investors.

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