Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) in partnership with Microsoft provides free training and support to Non-Governmental Organizations

by Oge Okonkwo

PIN ED, @gbengaSesan giving the opening remarks (1)

Over 70 non-governmental organizations gathered at Hotel Ibis, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, June 5, 2014 for the ICT training, networking and information sharing event of non-governmental organizations tagged ‘Microsoft NGO Connection Day’.

This event has held in North Central Nigeria (Abuja 2011), South West (Lagos 2012), South South (Calabar 2013).

Cross section of participants at the event

Cross section of participants at the event

According to Tope Ogundipe, COO Paradigm Initiative Nigeria; “The NGO space is changing as everything else. NGOs need to be equipped with the applicable technologies required to make their work relevant and effective in the 21st century. Microsoft NGO Connection Day provides free training and support to NGOs based on the Microsoft Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum. The training curriculum also covers Internet Safety and Security, Social Media Tools and Website/Blog Development and Management.” She said.

The event also featured presentations by David Barnard, Vice President Africa; TechSoup Gobal, Korede Asuni from TechLooms South Africa, Ugo Nwosu, Rockefeller Stakeholder Development Officer, Nigeria and Ghana; and Antony Cook, General Counsel Microsoft, Middle East and Africa.

More participants at the training

More participants at the training

“The sessions were very engaging and from feedback, the participants found the event quite beneficial. I found all the sessions very help especially the training on the use of Social Media Tools.” says Stephen Adebisi of Leap Africa. The training was held to enlighten and inspire non-profit organizations as they continue in their work to solve problems in the community through various innovative ideas.

Tope added, “Every year, one of the most significant outcomes of the NGO Connection Day is that it provides non-profit organizations a platform to network, share ideas and collaborate.”

Vice President for Tech Soup Africa David Barnard explaining how Tech Soup partners with NGOs all over the World

Vice President for Tech Soup Africa David Barnard explaining how Tech Soup partners with NGOs all over the World

If you would like more information about this topic or further project description on Microsoft NGO Connection Day, please call Tope on +234 0803 538 4144 or mail [email protected]

 

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