Monday 25 July 2011

ToroDev Staff acquire more skills in ICTs

ToroDev Staff Baguma Johnstone (Executive Director) and Solomon Akugizibwe (Media & Communications Officer) attended the web 2.0 learning opportunity at Makerere University, organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda.

Solomon Akugizibwe (Left) and Johnstone Baguma (right)
During the 5 days training (Monday 18 - Friday 22 July 2011), we were introduced to selected web 2.0 applications and learn’t how to use them hands-on in our everyday work.

The Learning Opportunity covered advanced online searching, getting information served via alerts and RSS, collaborating remotely using wikis and Google Docs, using VoIP, online mapping and social networking. Participants got a chance to see what others have done, get hands-on experience on how to use innovative applications, and assess how they could adopt these innovations within the context of their work and organisation.

These Learning Opportunities form part of CTA initiatives that support development partners in networking, accessing and disseminating information more effectively.

How we will use the knowledge acquired

ToroDev is currently implementing a project titled “Rural FM Radio Broadcasting for Entrepreneurship Development in Rwenzori Region – Western Uganda.”

The project focuses on training small scale rural entrepreneurs (youth and women) and rural FM radio journalists in broadcasting for entrepreneurship development.

The web 2.0 skills acquired by ToroDev staff will be used to train rural FM radio journalists in entrepreneurship information access and broadcasting using web 2.0 tools. Some of the computer literate Small Scale rural entrepreneurs will also be trained to share and access information for entrepreneurship development using web 2.0 tools.