With your generous funding, World Bicycle Relief is able to work directly with local communities to empower students with bicycles. And through our education programs, it’s the community that takes charge.
World Bicycle Relief’s Bicycle Supervisory Committees (BSCs) are made up of 10-12 community members – including students – where our education programs are being implemented. The BSC works together to select bicycle recipients, enforce beneficiary contracts and monitor the sustainability elements of the program, such as regular maintenance and availability of spare parts for students and their families.
As part of the program, we host training sessions for individuals from the chosen communities to equip members with tools and hear from them what is working and what needs help.
Recently, World Bicycle Relief hosted trainings for Bicycle Supervisory Committee members in Liwonde, Malawi.
FHI 360, a nonprofit human development partner organization, invited three people from each of the nine BSCs in the Zomba and Machinga districts to attend. The goal: to train the trainers on how to facilitate bicycle programming at their local schools.
During the five-day training, participants learned how to use and teach the provided modules, or steps, to develop local policy and programs. The modules include direction on mechanic selection, beneficiary selection based on distance from schools, age and gender, as well as monthly management of spare parts inventory and bookkeeping.
These participants take the knowledge and experience they’ve acquired back to their local communities to help implement education programming. Their experiences also benefit future infrastructure for our programs. For each program that’s implemented, we have the opportunity to learn how our programs can improve. Conversations with riders, field mechanics, teachers and partners all inform the improvements we make to our bicycle design, program design and spare parts support systems.