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Launch of the ict@innovation training guide on Linux System Administrationat at the eLearning Africa conference in Tanzania

“How do I know that this IT company from Kampala will be able to maintain my IT server infrastructure?” asks a contract-giving government agency in Uganda.  The answer lies in a trust-building certification, a crucial ingredient of any economic development agenda. Therefore, FOSSFA (Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany are proud to present the brand new “ict@innovation Training Guide on Linux System Administration - LPI Level 1”. 

Evans Ikua – FOSS Certification Manager of ict@innovation at launch
The training guide was launched in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 26th May 2011 during the international e-Learning Africa Conference. It is geared towards African trainers who want to incorporate Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Certification into their institution's curriculum and/or developing FOSS Certification training as a new revenue stream. This open training guide provides a structured set of learning modules covering the first essential steps in becoming a Linux System Administrator charged with installing, supporting, and maintaining Linux-based computer systems as well as a module on how to be a FOSS trainer in Africa.

“This manual is a first of its kind, mainly written by African Linux trainers and experts. Its completion and sharing with our community is a major milestone”, says Evans Ikua – FOSS Certification Manager of ict@innovation. Part of “Linux Admin Certification in Africa - the ict@innovation Training of Trainers Programme”, the manual aims to help African small and medium IT-enterprises (SMEs) involved in FOSS to improve the quality of their services offered as well as the level of trust of customers through certification of their FOSS skills.

ict@innovation hopes that this guide will indeed support the training and certification of a large population of Linux System Administrators especially in sub-Saharan Africa. “We believe that this will help us achieve our goal of promoting the socio-economic development of Africa by supporting the growth of the ICT industries in the SME sector through the implementation of quality FOSS services through certification”, said Ms Nnenna Nwakanma, FOSSFA Council Chair and Balthas Seibold, Senior Project Manager at GIZ. ict@innovation is a capacity building programme implemented on behalf of  the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

In order to support a wide range of capacity needs and training environments in Africa, the training material and the training-of-trainer programme build on the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Certification as a world-wide recognized distribution and vendor-neutral standard for evaluating the competency of Linux and Open Source professionals with the possibility to hold low-cost paper-based examinations.  The “ict@innovation: Training Guide on Linux System Administration - LPI Certification Level 1” has been released under an open licence (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany  License) allowing for free distribution, remixing and updating of the material.

• The manual can be downloaded at:

• More information on ict@innovation is online at:


For further details or enquiries, please contact the following contact persons:

Evans Ikua – FOSS Certification Manager
ict@innovation (FOSSFA/GIZ)
Tel: +254-722-955831
E-mail: ikua[at]

George Nyambuya – Africa Coordinator
ict@innovation (FOSSFA/GIZ)
Tel: +27 (0)12 423 6313
Fax: +27 (0)12 342 8594
E-mail: george.nyambuya[at]

Petra Hagemann and Balthas Seibold, GIZ Bonn
Tel: +49-228-4460-1382,
Fax: +49-228-4460-2382
E-mail: petra.hagemann[at]


About ict@innovation
The ict@innovation programme builds capacities in African small and medium ICT enterprises to make a business with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). ict@innovation aims to encourage the growth of African ICT industries, particularly in Southern and East Africa, through three main actions: spreading FOSS business models for enterprises in Africa, fostering FOSS certification and supporting innovative local FOSS applications for social and economic development. ict@innovation is a partnership of FOSSFA (Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa) and the 'Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)', Germany [until 2011: InWEnt, now part of GIZ]. 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.

About the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)
FOSSFA is the premier African FOSS organization, and was founded in 2003 under the auspices of the Bamako Bureau of the African Information Society Initiative within the mandate given by African governments in 1995 to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The vision of FOSSFA is to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development, and the organization supports the integration of FOSS in National policies. FOSSFA also coordinates, promotes, and adds value to African FOSS initiatives, creativity, industry, expertise, efforts and activities at all levels. FOSSFA partners with development organizations who share these goals towards a participatory and gender-mainstreamed sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa. For more information about FOSSFA, please visit

About GIZ - Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof
Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in  developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe. For more information, please go to and

With financial support by: the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

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