CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
First Regional Training of Trainers for Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 for East Africa (Code: LToT1)
Second Regional training of Trainers for Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 for Southern Africa (Code: LToT2)
DEADLINE OF APPLICATION:
22nd September 2010 for Eastern African participants
5th December 2010 for Southern African participants
Linux administration training of trainers
The Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) in cooperation with InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany, invites to participate in a Linux administration Training of Trainers (LToT1) workshop in Nairobi, Kenya as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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. LPI is a distribution and vendor-neutral standard for evaluating the competency of 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 1st Regional Training of Trainers in Nairobi, Kenya will take place from 1st - 12th November 2010 (following an online learning phase from 4-29 October). 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).
The 2nd regional training of trainers will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa and will take place between 14th and 25th February 2011, following an online e-learning phase between January 10, and February 4, 2011. The application deadline for the 2nd ToT is November 15, 2010.
We seek professionals and institutions, who have firm plans to make trainings on FOSS 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.
1st Regional ToT in Nairobi, Kenya
Venue: Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya
September 9-22, 2010 (application period)
September 24-30 (selection and notification of qualified applicants)
October 4-29 (on line learning phase)
October 31 (arrival of participants in Nairobi)
November 01-05; 8-12 (ToT LPI-1 proper)
November 13 (LPI community certification exams)
November 14 (departure of participants)
Applications are open for participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.
EVERYBODY IS REQUESTED TO READ CAREFULLY AND UNDERSTAND FULLY THE CRITERIA, OBJECTIVES AND CONDITIONS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND CONSIDERATION.
Participants who will attend are to be determined on the following criteria:
Non-local applicants must possess a passport with at least 6 months validity period to allow overseas travel.
In particular, we encourage applications by candidates who are associated with organisations such as:
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, other staff members/communities upon their return within three months. Organizations are ENCOURAGED to nominate and give preference (where appropriate) to FEMALE participants.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS AND PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS
Participants and participating institutions are expected to:
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
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.
This material and materials of former LPI TOTs in stable format (mostly in a wiki) will be transferred to a Course Management System that is accessible by the public, and editable by LPI certified alumni of ict@innovation. This e-learning tool will also be used for a pre-training e-learning phase.
The e-learning phase will run for between 3 and 4 weeks. In this phase, learning participants will engage in selfstudy 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, moodle etc. Your 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.
ict@innovation will cover the following costs during the 2 weeks face-to-face training:
NB: No daily allowance will be paid.
Please fill the respective forms online and submit all the required details together with your CV/ institution details:
· Individuals: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/node/4696
· Institutions: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/node/4697
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).
Application Deadline is 22nd September 2010, if your permanent country of residence is Eastern Africa and until 15th November 2010, if your permanent country of residence is Southern Africa.
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 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:
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