AIMS – Cameroon Assists Civil Servants in Limbe to acquire IT skills

Following the success of the first two editions of the Information Technology Training for the Civil Servants of Fako Division and the enthusiasm of the Civil Servants during the last training editions, AIMS-Cameroon as part of their outreach programs offered the third editions of the training which took place from the 16_18th of February 2016. The workshop focused on basic office applications (MS office) and Internet. The computer training programme was organized by the Management of AIMS-Cameroon in Limbe, a sea side town in Cameroon where AIMS-Cameroon is located.
This this third edition of its kind, 26 particpants, including the Divisional Officers of Limbe II and III, the Delegate of Women’s Empowerment, the Delegate of Transport and the Chief of Service for Ministry of Youth and Empowerment, to name a few.

The training ended with an award of certificates on the 24th February in which the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako represented by the 1st Assistant Senior Divisional Officer officiated the ceremony. In attendance was the Field Medalist 2010 and Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Prof Cedric Villani. The training ended with photo sessions and open discussions.

During the award ceremony, AIMS-Cameroon as a way forward proposed the establishment of an IT Training Center for Civil Servants of Fako Division. This center with a capacity of 50 seats minimum and equipped with Air Conditioning, computers and good internet connection could be located in one of the government buildings. Training sessions can be held once a week in addition to dedicated workshops to be planned in advance.

AIMS USES EXPEREINTIAL APPROACH IN A LEARNER CENTERED IT WORKSHOP

After a welcome address by the Executive Director of AIMS-Cameroon, the Academic Director introduced to the participants the learner centered training approach that will be used during the workshop. Each learner had his own trainer and computer allocated to him alone, while the general instructor gave the learning steps and activities to follow. He added that this exercise was a “Give Back” activity for the students after having obtained scholarship for their studies. And for AIMS-Cameroon, this is part of its many outreach activities within its social responsibility. As in previous editions, this workshop was organised to improve the computer skills of Civil Servants in and around Limbe. The training covered some softwares like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and basic use of the Internet. As usual tutors and students of AIMS-Cameroon contributed immensely to the success of the training as the workshops were held in two venues (at the main classroom and the AIMS library), between 8.00am to 5pm daily.

The programme was a huge success as the Civil Servants expressed feelings of satisfaction at the end of the training