Computer training for communities and guards
As part of the National Park’s support to local communities around Salonga, the Rural Development team has just launched a computer training program. Using a computer and programs like Word, Excel, the internet …, Cedrick, the young computer technician recruited for 6 months, does not hide his motivation and his pleasure to offer these courses: “The training is going very well. Here Monkoto is very remote and many people do not really know what’s going on. I think this training will allow them to learn and to discover different topics by using the internet. ”
These computer training courses are organized with the support of the American Development Cooperation Funds (USAID / CAFEC). Computer skills are nowadays more and more essential in the professional and personal environment, these training allow local officials, officials of NGOs, students, eco-guards to get involved in the data entry and other basic IT skills. Cedrick explains “When we started, some people did not even know how a computer could serve the goals of their association! Now that they know they can use it for their activities, including writing and sending fund requests. ”
The last two weeks, it was the turn of the local NGOs to be beneficiaries of the training, in their majority they were women. “This training allows me to learn how to write official letters and make inquiries. Overall it allows me to better understand the computer. I now know how to use a computer, and I can write a letter or a CV, for example, “says Amina, from the ADCN association. Cedrick will continue these trainings until October, while supporting the implementation of other IT solutions to the SNP.
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