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Charles Ombongi Masese Completes SMR Africa’s First Scholarship Program

Guy St. Clair

SMR International has announced that the winner of SMR Africa’s first training program has completed his courses. Inaugurated in 2010 with funding from SMR Africa – SMR’s African affiliate – the program enables African students to learn ICT and KM skills. Charles Ombongi Masese of Nairobi and Nyanguru Village, Kisii was the first SMR Africa scholarship winner. He used the grant for computer training, attending a seven-month program of nine courses, each with 4 -8 class meetings. The program is offered by Hansons’ College of Professional Studies, Nairobi. At the completion of the course, Masese was awarded a certificate from Hansons’…
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Information Africa Organization (IAO): Raising Awareness about IAO’s Work

Guy St. Clair

The latest SMR Briefing from SMR International describes recent efforts to raise awareness about the work of the Information Africa Organization (IAO). IAO is a Nairobi-based NGO committed to educating Kenya’s large youth population in information and communication technologies (ICT) and knowledge management/knowledge services (KM) skills. Registered by the NGO Council of Kenya in late 2009, IAO has now moved beyond the NGO’s initial stages and has begun to reach out to interested contacts internationally. SMR International Briefing August 2010 – Information Africa Organization (IAO): Raising Awareness about the Organization’s Work documents recent awareness-raising activities.

Basic Skills in Computer and KM/Knowledge Services: What Do Employers Want? How Do We Teach Those Skills?

Guy St. Clair

Here’s the scenario: you’re a department head in a company. You and HR have come up with a list of basic skills you require for anyone coming to work in the department. Among these are basic IT (information technology) or ICT (information and communications technologies) skills. What does the list include? A first past breaks requirements into four categories: computer skills, e-mail skills, word processing skills, and internet skills. Any thoughts about what the next level might include? What else does your staff need to have mastered, to be proficient with “computer” skills? Ditto “e-mail,” “work processing,” and “internet” skills?…
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