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Call for Participants for the 3rd Regional Training of Trainers in Tanzania

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Third Regional Training of Trainers for Linux Admin Certification for East Africa (Code: LToT3)
DEADLINE OF APPLICATION:

13th June 2011

Linux administration training of trainers course

The Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) in cooperation with GIZ (former InWent) Germany, are planning to hold a Linux administration Training of Trainers (LToT) workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This course prepares participants for Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certification Level 1 as well as to become Linux trainers in their own right. After the training, the trainers will sit for examination to be certified as Level 1 Linux professionals.

Participants will receive intensive training on LPIC-1, and will also commit to book and sit the exams at the end of the training. They will also receive pedagogical training and how to effectively train others in the subject, as well as training materials that will be developed under the project.

The 3rd Regional Training of Trainer Course in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania will take place from 1st - 12th August 2011 (following an online learning phase from 4-29 July). It is part of the ict@innovation programme which aims at building capacities for African small and medium ICT enterprises to do business with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

We seek IT trainers, professionals and training institutions, who have firm plans to make trainings on Linux Admin Certification a part of their regular business and/or teaching activities or upgrade existing certification efforts. Successful applicants will convincingly demonstrate how they plan to carry out at least three trainings on the subject in their own country during 2011-12, and make LPI Certification training a permanent part of their business and/or teaching activities in the future.

3rd Regional ToT in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Venue: University Computing Centre, University of Dar es Salaam (to be confirmed)

Timelines:

May 16th – June 13 (application period)
June 14 – June 24 (selection and notification of qualified applicants)
July 4 – July 29 (on line learning phase)
July 31 (arrival of participants in Dar es Salaam)
August 1st – August 12 (ToT LPI-1 proper)
August 13th (LPI community certification exams)
August 13/14 (departure of participants)

Applications are open for participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.

IMPORTANT:

EVERYBODY IS REQUESTED TO READ CAREFULLY AND UNDERSTAND FULLY THE CRITERIA, OBJECTIVES AND CONDITIONS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND CONSIDERATION.


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Background - Why become an LPIC trainer?
A major barrier against adoption and deployment of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in sub-Saharan Africa is the lack of human resources with FOSS skills. This programme aims to address the problem by qualifying trainers, so that these trainers in turn will be able to multiply their expertise for a self-sustaining development of FOSS human resources.

The training of trainers is offered to training institutions with a strong commitment to introduce the Linux to their staff members and communities. This should be done by implementing trainings by the LPI 1 certified representatives within three months after this programme. Monitoring and supervision will be provided by ict@innovation.

This action proposes an advanced training program on LPI Level 1 and prepares the participants for the LPI Level 1 certification exam. Trainers and FOSS experts will be enabled to obtain certification in Linux systems administration and to develop, adjust and enhance material, that prepares others for LPI certification.

The Linux Professionals Institute (LPI) community certification program is a non-distribution specific program that certifies the competency level of Linux practitioners.

For this training, information about the LPIC-1 (101 and 102 exams) is available at the LPI website. PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THE LPI EXAM 101 AND 102 DETAILED OBJECTIVES.
http://www.lpi.org/eng/certification/the_lpic_program/lpic_1


APPLICATION CRITERIA

Participants who will attend are to be determined on the following criteria:

  • Trainers and FOSS experts AFFILIATED with academic institutions, training colleges, government agencies, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), and non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as network and systems administrators and FOSS advocates with training experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in administering a Linux PC
  • Good command of English, including technical terms used in ICT
  • Residents/citizens from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.
  • Positioned in their organizations to include training on Linux system administration into the organiszation's training portfolio
  • Must have at least 1 year training experience and the ability to train others after the course

In particular, we encourage applications by candidates who are associated with organisations such as:

  • ICT training institution with IT programmes (public or private)
  • University/ higher Education Institution with IT programmes
  • FOSS association or group / ICT association
  • ICT SMEs with significant potential to further disseminate the knowledge provided in the trainings on a sustainable basis.


During the selection process, a high score will be given to institutions which will be able to embed the LPIC training into their regular curriculum of activities and services offered. These will be expected from the follow-up action plans they will be submitting as a requirement for application.

Though applications of institutions will be prioritized, individual FOSS trainers and experts are also eligible to apply.

Training Institutions are invited to designate one representative/trainer. The Institution is also asked to clearly signify their commitment to designate their representative/participant to train IT experts or communities upon their return within three months and integrate the training into the organisation's training portfolio. Organizations are ENCOURAGED to nominate and give preference (where appropriate) to FEMALE participants.

COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF E-LEARNING MATERIAL

The training materials will be developed by experts contracted by ict@innovation. This material will be available for the training of trainers, as well as in the future trainings that the trainers will engage in during their own roll out in their locations. The training participants will also contribute to the future development and updating of this material in the pre-training e-learning phase.

The e-learning phase will run for 4 weeks. In this phase, learning participants will engage in self-study using the materials that will be developed by ict@innovation consultants. They will engage with expert LPI trainers who will guide them using various methods such as wikis, email, mailing lists, user groups on the ict@innovation portal, Dokeos etc. The performance in this e-learning phase will be a selection criteria for the face-to-face training phase. This will assure that the participants are of the level of quality to take the certification exam right after training with higher chances of passing.


FOLLOW-UP PLAN

The programme provides monitoring after the Training of Trainers (through their institution) for a sustainable implementation of follow-up activities. This will be done to ensure that the training institutions actively engage in training activities that will have a multiplier effect in order to spread the LPI skills and certification in their regions or countries. Monitoring will be done by ict@innovation and all participating institutions will be required to facilitate this.


OBJECTIVES

  • A corps of Linux experts is prepared for the LPI Level 1 exam by a ONE-MONTH e-learning course as well as by an intensive 10-DAY training course.
  • Training material for LPI Level 1, which can be used by others online, is enhanced by the participants, guided by an LPI training expert. This will be an ongoing endeavor even after the initial training.
  • Training materials is available to the participants so that they can use it in their roll out of trainings in their regions.
  • The Participants are able to implement a strategy for implementing advanced Linux training programs that prepare other Linux systems administrators for the LPI Level 1 exams.


RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS AND PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

Participants and participating institutions are expected to:

  • Organise at least three Linux Admin Certification trainings of their own in their country during 2011
  • Integrate the LPIC course into their training portfolio or curriculum
  • Assist in the localization/enhancement of training materials, by updating those materials and adapting them to specific local conditions and requirements
  • Commit to book and sit the LPIC-1 exams at the end of the training. The training participants will cover their own LPI exam fees, which is 60 USD for each exam. There are two exams in LPIC-1. This fee must be paid upon confirmation of one´s acceptance into the programme – that is before the start of the e-learning phase of the training
  • Cover their own travelling expenses. Travel grants may be available to successful non-local applicants on request and sufficient justification.

ict@innovation will cover the following costs during the 2 weeks face-to-face training:

  • Accommodation and meals for non-local residents
  • Training course
  • Learning materials
  • Online infrastructure.

NB: No daily allowance will be paid.

Application procedure:
Option 1

Please fill the respective forms online and submit all the required details together with your CV/ institution details:


Option 2

Download, print and fill in the respective application forms as below

or Submit the filled application forms by fax to +27(0)86 624 9181 (Download the application form as above, fill it in, and fax it to the number above).


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Background - Why become an LPIC trainer?

A major barrier against adoption and deployment of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in sub-Saharan Africa is the lack of human resources with FOSS skills. This programme aims to address the problem by qualifying trainers, so that these trainers in turn will be able to multiply their expertise for a self-sustaining development of FOSS human resources.
The training of trainers is offered to institutions with a strong commitment to introduce the knowledge of Linux to their staff members and communities. This should be done by implementing trainings by the LPI 1 certified representatives within three months after this programme. Monitoring and supervision will be provided by ict@innovation.


This action proposes an advanced training program on LPI Level 1 and prepares the participants for the LPI Level 1 certification exam. Trainers and FOSS experts will be enabled to obtain certification in Linux systems administration and to develop, adjust and enhance material, that prepares others for LPI certification.

The Linux Professionals Institute (LPI) community certification program is a non-distribution specific program that certifies the competency level of Linux practitioners. It has three levels.
For this training, information about the LPIC-1 (101 and 102 exams) is available at the LPI website. PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THE LPI EXAM 101 AND 102 DETAILED OBJECTIVES: http://www.lpi.org/eng/certification/the_lpic_program/lpic_1


Background of ict@innovation - Creating Business and Learning Opportunities with Free and Open Source Software in Africa

The programme focuses on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) as a key technology to drive innovation, add local value and create sustainable and affordable ICT-solutions. ict@innovation is a partnership of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ was formed on 1 January 2011 and it brings together the long-standing expertise of DED, GTZ and InWent (For further information, go to http://www.giz.de/). It aims to enhance regional networking and to strengthen consulting capacities of regional and national ICT associations and training institutions as well as of other change agents. Funding partners are the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

Pillar B – Fostering FOSS Certification

This pillar of the ict@innovation programme aims to help African SMEs involved in Open source Solutions development, implementation and training to improve the quality of their solutions offering through certification of their FOSS skills. The project partners have appreciated the importance and urgency of increasing the number of Linux systems administrators on the African continent so as to have a bigger impact on the uptake of FOSS on the continent.

To achieve this, the program will implement the following interventions:

  • Support the development of open content Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPI) training material.
  • Offer Training of Trainers to individuals in the participating countries, leading to the LPI exams for certification.
  • Support the trainers to deliver the LPI training and certification in their countries and institutions as a business model.

Join ict@innovation and become a community member!

We would like to ask you to become a member of the ict@innovation community by registering on the ict@innovation website and creating a profile, indicating your interests and skills in FOSS. This will enable you to contribute to the Website Fora and Wikis, to join in a knowledge exchange with other persons interested in FOSS and/or involved in the ict@innovation programme. Please register here: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/user/register

You are also welcome to join the certification mailing list by going to this link: http://lists.it-inwent.org/listinfo/certification

Comments

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