Microsoft, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) Partner To Provide Free Training, Support To NGOs
Microsoft NGO Connection Day, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training, networking and information sharing event for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in its 5th year, recently held a training and support workshop for NGOs with over 80 participants from Lagos and neighbouring states in attendance.
The training/workshop was organised in partnership with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects underserved Nigerian youth with ICT opportunities, focusing on specific concern about the ill effects of unemployment and cybercrime among other vices that limit the potential contribution of young Nigerians to the nation’s economy.
This year’s event covered research tools and report publishing, internet safety and security, as well as social media tools. One of Microsoft’s latest productivity tools, ‘Office 365 for Non-Profit’ was also introduced and Microsoft went on to discuss other ways in which the company supports NGOs.
According to Tope Ogundipe, chief operating officer, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, the NGO space is changing as everything else, and NGOs need to be equipped with the applicable technologies required to make their work relevant and effective in the 21st century. “Microsoft through their NGO Connection Day supports our organisation to provide free training to NGOs based on the Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum,” he said.
Participants at the event expressed deep satisfaction and recommended that the number of days for the training be increased to give time for more detailed training and questions to be taken.
For Olufemi Omotayo of Young Startup Network, “The event was worth every minute of my time. Knowing how to use technology efficiently for one’s work can be potentially game-changing.”
Keji Ajakaiye of Irede said, “The lessons learnt are very fundamental and quite comprehensive. We have not committed so much time and resources to research in our organisation before, but the session on research tools and report publishing helped me see how valuable research is to our work.”
Having worked with government, civil society, private institutions and international organisations including the United Nations agencies, PIN has worked in ICT education, tele-center support, ICT applications in rural areas.
Its projects include, L.I.F.E., ICT Policy Intervention and Techie Entrepreneurial Nigerian Talented (TENT).
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