The participants of the first "Training of Trainers on African FOSS Business Models" in West Africa (Abuja/Nigeria) have passed their final exam. They are now implementing "national roll-out plans" for follow-up trainings in Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal.
Which local needs have to be addressed? Which market niches are there? How can the follow-up trainings be financed? These are the questions the 24 new trainers are now addressing.
Have the particpants' expectations been met? How do they feel about the two-week training in Abuja/Nigeria? Here are quotes from some participants themselves!
Mr Karim Sy, Chairman, Maarch West Africa SA, Senegal:
"This training goes beyond the philosophy of open source to show concretely how to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship to create value with a community approach that meets our traditional African values. It's a new perspective for a sustainable development. I'm eager to launch the French version. It's a plus for our leaders, entrepreneurs and open source activists."
Mr Mathieu Hilaire Megoze, Lecturer, University of Douala and University of Buea, Cameroon:
"The training has brought facts about open source and entrepreneurship. These facts serve as a bridge for we Africans to enter into the digital society. It is a catalyst to create open source evangelists who help Africa accomplish its ICT policy and Innovation development at low costs, receive knowledge free of charge through open educational resource.”
Dr Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku, Senior Operations Manager, University of Nigeria:
“WAToT Abuja Nigeria was an innovative empowerment for entrepreneurship. Innovative in the sense that it was built on an information technology element very many people never thought could be of any business relevance. The delivery method and band of trainers were superlative. Indeed, the event adequately prepared us — both those who were new to open source concept and those who were familiar with it — to regularly organize Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Business Models training and even to establish FOSS businesses at various levels towards application of FOSS as a key technology to drive innovation and add affordable ICT-solutions in universities and other educational institutions, government and non-government organizations, and private-sector companies. I was particularly taken to a next level of ICT knowledge and practice.
I owe GIZ and FOSSFA unfathomable gratitude. If they can work towards all countries of Africa benefiting from this ToT, it will be wonderful. OSFON’s Dele Ajisomo and GIZ’s George Nyambuya’s organizational and managerial skills deserve special mention. The manner they attended to hitches that reared their heads on the first few days was an evidence of competence. I’m really impressed about the whole thing.”
Mr Rising John Osazuwa, Senior Systems Analyst, Management Information System Unit, University of Ibadan, Nigeria:
"The catalytic and network effect of the Free and Open Source Solutions (FOSS) Africa Business Model capacity building programme are positively changing the ICT business and education landscape in Africa.
The knowledge, skills and experiences shared by participants during the Train the Trainers has greatly improved my skill set, confidence, perception, performance and contribution to national information system development.
The small training class size, well researched training materials, focused curriculum, participants enthusiasm, trainers experience and serene learning atmosphere were stimulants for series of interactive online and face-to-face sessions.
It is a veritable vehicle organizational and career transformation. I appreciate this divine opportunity to participate in the process of change of concept and business in deploying open source solutions.
Plans to organize Free and Open Source Solutions (FOSS) Africa Business Model national roll out in Nigeria and Republic of Benin are ongoing."
The ict@innovation team thanks the participants and the trainers – Mr Fred Yeboah, Mrs Shirley A. Baffoe, Mr Oyedele Ajisomo, Mr James Wire and Mr John Matogo – for making the first "Training of Trainers on African FOSS Business Models" a success!
The training material is currently being translated into French. The ict@innovation team is looking forward to sending out calls for participation for the first "Training of trainers on African FOSS Busi-ness Models" in French speaking Africa next year!