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Wanted: Training participants for the second regional Training of Trainers for LPI in Southern Africa

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Second Regional Training of Trainers for Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 for Southern Africa (Code: LToT2)


DEADLINE OF APPLICATION:

5th December 2010

Linux administration training of trainers

The Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) in cooperation with InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany, invites interested individuals to participate in a Linux administration Training of Trainers (LToT2) workshop 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 2nd Regional Training of Trainers in Johannesburg, South Africa, will take place from 14th - 25th February 2011 (following an e-learning phase from 3rd to 28th January 2011). 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 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.

2nd Regional ToT in Johannesburg, South Africa

Venue: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Timelines:

November 15 - December 5th (application period)
December 6th - 17th (selection and notification of qualified applicants)
January 3rd - 28th (on line e-learning phase)
January 17th – Final selection based on the performance in the e-learning phase
February 13th – Arrival of participants in Johannesburg

February 14th - 25th Face to face training in Johannesburg (ToT LPI-1 proper)
February 26th (LPIC-1 community certification exams)
February 27th (departure of participants)

Applications are open for participants from South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique.

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.

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

  • Trainers and FOSS experts AFFILIATED with academic institutions, government agencies, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), and non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as network and systems administrators and FOSS advocates

  • 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 South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.

  • Positioned in their organizations to facilitate the adoption of FOSS-based applications

  • Must have at least 1 year ICT training experience and the ability to train others after the course

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:

  • 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, 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:

  • Organise at least three FOSS Certification trainings of their own in their country during 2011-12

  • 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 95 USD for each exam. There are two exams in LPIC-1

  • Cover their own travelling expenses. Travel grants may be available to successful non-local applicants on request and sufficient justification.

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.

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 4 and 5 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 and the Dokeos e-learning platform on the ict@innovation portal. 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:

  • Meals and accommodation 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:

· Individuals: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/node/4696

· Institutions: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/node/4697


Option 2

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

· Click here to download the Individuals application form

· Click here to download the Institutions application form

Send the filled forms together with your CV/institution details by email to evans[at]lanetconsulting.com and copy george[at]inwent.co.za

· 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 5th December 2010, if your permanent country of residence is in Southern Africa. Please note, that if you have already submitted an application earlier in response to the first call, your application will be considered for this training. You do not have to submit another application.

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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 Capacity Building International, Germany (InWEnt) 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 invited to join the certification mailing list by going to this link: http://lists.it-inwent.org/listinfo/certification. This list will be used to communicate to all applicants and to inform all those interested in the programme about various notices.


Comments

This is great. I hope with the experience gained during the preparation and conducting of first LToT1 in Nairobi, LTOT2 will be even better. I would like to urge interested people to take this great opportunity to upgrade existing knowledge and skills. Lastly I would like to express my gratitude to ict@innovation, inwent, LPI and all other involved parties for facilitating this event, because this will turn so many people's dreams into reality. Thanks.

This a great event and I had wished to attend unfortunately its not yet available for my country. I would hope one day ToT will conducted in Uganda because I am so much interested to be part of it and also to be trained in more skill in FOSS. I express my sincere thanks to ict@innovation, and would like you guys to build partnership with Talent X (www.italentx.org) to bring more innovative ideas on the board. Together we can showcase ICT innovation Thanks.

thanks evans our target is to recruit as many trainers as possible in order to meet the demands of the upcoming cencuries where foss is one of the major opprtunities needed to equipe many african upcoming it and non IT business men and wemen especially in the era where without IT nonthing can take place so we are waiting for another training which is to be sheduled in east africa cause that of south africa is targeting south african countries

Good luck and this is very useful.

Great event and i wish that this will be available for my country (Madagascar) also.

This is a worthwhile venture - open source is a fountain of hope for several of today's man made problems ranging from Governance to Social and Economic imbalances. The training comes when masses of the earth's population are denied of education and basic technological knowledge required for survival and uplifting the living standards of the many citizens especially South of the Equator. Those to benefit from the Training of Trainers should freely learn to give it out to others and make the world a better place as it is always in the spirit of the Open Source Society . Many kudos to the sponsors. Just the right thing to do at the right time.

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