20060530 email-2-web application


Empowering communities with
existing technologies

NZAID Funding for in-country training is now available for the financial year 2006-2007. Training proposals are invited to be submitted to the Department for National Human Resources Development by 21st May 06.

Title of the Training


Auto-publishing emails to the web

1. Write an email.

2. Click send.

3. Free site auto-publishes email as webpage.

Objective of the training

Teach Cook Islanders ICT skills, namely how to set up and update their own weblog sites using existing technologies.

The need for the training (background)

Businesses, NGOs, churches, community groups, and government entities want websites.

Barriers to establishing a website have included particularly high access costs including paying for technical skills.

Another problem is that websites rarely receive updates. This is because many people lack basic information creation skills.

A common question is – what should we put on our website?

The purpose of the training

This funding application sees training in two main areas – simple online skills and information creation.

Firstly, funding this ICT training application will give Cook Islanders online skills to use simple, free tools to establish and - equally important - update their own websites.

Recently emergent technologies known as weblogs or blogs for short work similarly to free email accounts. Anyone who can use email can begin learning these skills fairly easily.

Secondly, updating. Information is often the silent “i” in discussion of ICT development. Neglecting this aspect means many websites do not reach their full potential. Training outlined here will also give participants confidence to use their own observational skills to create authentic, information-rich weblog sites.

In terms of realising the strategic advantage of weblogs at a national level, this application proposes counterpart trainers to spread this knowledge widely as possible.

Training programme outline (summary of what’s to be covered in the training)

> Five days with two daily sessions: 8am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 5.30pm.

> Morning sessions for counterpart trainers.

> Afternoon sessions for NGOs, government information officers and outer islands delegates.

1.1 What is the internet ?

1.2 What is the (world wide) web?

1.3 Where the internet lives (right next to phone calls and faxes)

1.4 The importance of websites

1.5 Updating by email – how web log site services are changing the internet

1.6 Understanding search engines

1.7 Online booking figures in Europe, the United States and Australasia

1.8 Personalise your service – let people know who you (and your staff) are

1.9 Don’t be like everyone else – be unique - use your own language

1.10 RSS what is Really Simple Syndication?

1.11 Should I use my name or a nickname?

2.0 Web logs

2.1 Weblogs

2.2 Blogs

2.3 Who uses blogs

2.4 How blogs fit into your business / NGO / ministry

2.5 Let’s set one up

2.6 Setting your secret email-to-web address

2.7 Adding links

2.8 Changing the look

2.9 Setting up your free email

2.10 Adding your RSS feed for Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail

2.11 Promoting your web log / website

3.0 What can I put on my site?

3.1 How often should I update?

3.2 Using my mobile phone camera to update my site

3.3 Using your own community as a source of material

3.4 Sources of information – newspapers, radio, TV, newsletters, show you are a part of your community

3.5 Pictures, photos, stuff you’ve seen on the web

3.6 Your views

3.8 Your guests, clients, members, staff

3.9 Who should I involve in my site?

3.10 Partnering between youth, business and women

3.11 Why Coca Cola is the number one soft drink on the planet

3.12 Why you only need a small sip

4.0 Setting up your own gmail

4.1 Setting up your own blogger weblog site

4.2 Fine tuning your weblog site.

4.3 Problem solving on your weblog site – where to get help

5.0 Content creation – filling your weblog site

5.1 Online resources – where to find statistics, information and graphics

5.2 How to create your own online content

5.3 Updating your website – when and how

5.4 Conclusion – reviewing the review


Expected outcome of the training (what benefit will the participant gain after the training).

Participants will be able to overview the internet and their potential place in it. Participants will, if internet access is enabled for this workshop, have set up their own website or added an email updating feature to their existing website.

Counterpart trainers will be able to pass these skills onto a wider audience.

Budget – will only cover the following costs: (a) trainer fees (b) resource material (c) air/boat travel and per diem costs if trainer and trainees have to travel internally (d) some refreshment costs

Trainer fees

$35 per hour x 80 hours 2,800

30 hours preparation including further development of this proposal, 40 hours of training and 10 hours follow up assistance and development of next phase training with counterpart trainers.

Resource materials: Computer rentals and internet access

10 x computers x 5 days @$30 each 1,500

While computer rentals and internet access do not appear to be specifically outlined in the funding application advertising, teaching ICT skills are impossible without them.

Resource materials: others

50 pages x 20 participants @ 30 cents 300


$50 x 2 x 5 days (morning and afternoon tea) 500

Rarotonga subtotal 5,100


Penrhyn 1,600

Manihiki 1,500

Rakahanga 1,500 + 500

Pukapuka 1,500

Nassau 1,500 + 500

Atiu 400

Mauke 400

Mitiaro 400

Aitutaki 300

Mangaia 300

Per diems

$60 x 10 x 7 days 4,200

Outer islands component subtotal 14,600

Total ICT workshop training budget nz$19,700

* if NZAID/DNHRD decides outer islands participation is a priority.

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