Empowering communities using existing skills base
Counterpart train ICT skills, namely how to set up and update weblog sites using existing email skills.
need for the training
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: websites rarely receive updates. Nevermind the technical side of things, many people lack skills to create their content.
Common question: what do we write about?
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 gives online skills to use simple, free tools establishing and - equally important - updating 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 a silent “i” in ICT development. Neglecting this means many websites never approach full potential. Training outlined here will also give participants confidence to use their own personality to create authentic, interactive, information-rich weblog sites.
In terms of realising the strategic advantage of weblogs at a national, regional and global levels, counterpart trainers are essential.
training programme outline
1.1 What is the internet ?
1.2 What is the (world wide) web?
1.3 Where the internet lives (hint: next to phone calls and faxes)
1.4 Importance of websites
1.5 Updating by email – how web log sites are changing the internet
1.6 Understanding search engines
1.7 Online figures in different "markets"
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
2.3 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 outcomes of the training
Counterpart trainers able to pass skills onto wider audiences, including other trainers.
40 hours localisation, 40 hours training and 40 hours follow up assistance, development of next phase training with counterpart trainers.
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