How to be a free software business trainer

By   |  May 5, 2009

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa and the Germany-based InWent project have launched a programme to develop trainers in East and Southern Africa capable of teaching others to build free software-based businesses.

The project aims to both create businesses opportunities for trainers wanting to expand their businesses to include free software training as well as teaching the skills required to run successful FOSS businesses.

Run under the banner of ict@innovation, a partnership between the Free Software and Open Source Foundation (FOSSFA) and Capacity Building International, Germany (InWent), the programme is looking for African experts and institutions wanting to become qualified trainers on the subject of building businesses with FOSS.

The intention is that trainers will either incorporate the FOSS business training into their existing curriculum or develop FOSS business training as a new revenue stream.

The programme will include four separate training sessions between July and October this year. The sessions will be held in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique and will consist of a two-week full time series of presentations followed by between four and six weeks of online training. (PDF brochure)

The training programme will include six modules:
- Module 1: Introduction to Emerging FLOSS Business Models
- Module 2: African Business Models:Case Studies
- Module 3: Communicating FLOSS
- Module 4: FLOSS Specific Business Knowledge and Skills
- Module 5: Introduction to General Business Skills
- Module 6: FLOSS Training

Successful applicants for the training courses will only be required to pay a minimal registration fee and the course will be free. Full details of application procedures and requirements can be found on the ict@innovation website.

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