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Training workshop on web management for WACSI staff

That ICTs contribute to enhance CSOs’ impact in terms of audience broadening and reporting up-to-date information is a fact! The proper usage of ICT – related skills to formulate targeted and feasible projects forms a reliable starting point for CSOs.

That ICTs contribute to enhance CSOs’ impact in terms of audience broadening and reporting up-to-date information is a fact! The proper usage of ICT – related skills to formulate targeted and feasible projects forms a reliable starting point for CSOs.

As a growing organisation that strengthens the institutional and operational capacities of CSOs in West Africa, WACSI is committed to extending its actions to a wider public. This requires the designing of a virtual interface through which it will disseminate its actions. It also requires a qualified team to interact with its audience via the internet and social networks, to maximise the use of this upgraded platform.

Towards this, a training session for WACSI staff took place at the Institute’s secretariat in East Legon, Accra from Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd  February, 2011. The training, delivered by experts of SOURCEFABRIC, witnessed the participation of WACSI.

Web designing training

Participants of web design training

Sourcefabric was established as a Czech non-profit organization with its headquarters in Prague, branches in Berlin and Toronto, and representatives in Minsk, Guatemala, Warsaw, Belgrade and Cluj. It started life as CAMP in 1998, the new-media arm of the Media Development Loan Fund. In 2010 it launched as a wholly autonomous organization securing private funding that propelled Sourcefabric into the ranks of one of the largest European open source projects for news and media.

The core objective of the training is to design an interactive and more information-packed website that will reinforce the visibility of the Institute by disseminating the outcomes of their activities. It specifically aims to provide WACSI staff with oriented skills in using internet to reach a wide range of their target groups.

With regards to this objective, the above topics have and will be addressed over the course of this training.
1. Training on the Newscoop publishing
2. Training on the Site updating and publishing
3. Social media and networking

The 5 day exercise was exhaustive, but the enthusiasm of WACSI staff reflected its meaningful nature. “The training was very interesting and informative. It’s provided me with substantial knowledge on web managing and also blogging”, Barbara, WACSI’s translator commends after the first day of the training.
 
Harrison’s impressions aren’t far from this. “I think the discussion was interactive. It is going to ensure that the new website serves WACSI’s interest”, the intern points out.
When it comes to bridging the gap between civil society and Information and Communication Technology, training on web management appears to be inevitable.

 

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