“Tapping into E-resources” workshop for Kenya DAAD scholars
The Kenya workshop, held at the Silver-springs Hotel in Nairobi during 27-30 May 2013 was for Masters and PhD scholars sponsored by DAAD – the German Academic Exchange Service. The students are based at several universities in Kenya and the region. Christoph Hansert, Director – DAAD Regional Office for Africa, gave the opening address to the twenty four participants who attended the 4-day course. Ten of the participants were female.
The course covered several modules including, Introduction to library electronic information resources (e-resources); Formulation of effective search strategies; How to use search strategies in various scholarly databases such as SCOPUS and SCIRUS; How to make use of Research4Life programmes (HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI). The course also touched on copyright and plagiarism issues.
The feedback from participants was very positive with all participants indicating that the workshop had ‘met their expectations’ and that they ‘would recommend the same training to other scholars’. Realising how e-resources make life easier in the research writing process, the majority of participants recommended that other scholars receive similar training in the first year of their studies.
ITOCA has partnered with DAAD to deliver E-resources training for its Masters and PhD scholars in East Africa. The Kenya workshop was the third in a series following similar trainings held in Uganda and Tanzania starting November 2012. Another workshop is planned for Uganda in November this year.
African inventors trained on Research4Life programmes
Ethiopia, 19 – 21 March 2013: The workshop, hosted at UNECA in Addis Ababa proved yet another opportunity to showcase and train of Research4Life programmes to inventors, researchers and faculty in East Africa. About 50 professionals attended the event and ITOCA delivered the Research4Life programmes during a 11/2 day long hands-on session.
Rwanda, 25 – 27 March 2013: Continuing with outreach and training activities in East Africa, WIPO organised another workshop immediately after the Ethiopia workshop in Kigali. About 45 people were in attendance and once again ITOCA had an opportunity to demonstrate Research4Life programmes.
Congo, Brazzaville, 7-10 May 2013: This workshop demonstrates one of many marketing and outreach efforts across different languages in Sub-Saharan Africa. During this workshop attended by more than 40 participants and delivered in French, ITOCA sent a representative, Josue Tetang from Cameroon to deliver training on Research4Life programmes.
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Improving Teacher-Librarian Education in Rwanda
Innovation for Education is an opportunity to test new ideas to improve the quality of education in Rwanda. The aim is to demonstrate effective and equitable ways of improving children’s learning. Innovation for Education, managed by a Fund Management Team based at the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) in Kigali, offers a major opportunity to test new ideas to improve the quality of education in Rwanda. Its aim is to demonstrate effective and equitable ways of improving children’s learning. Since December 2012, 26 innovative projects are up and running all over Rwanda. The projects are being implemented in classrooms, schools and other education institutions over a two-year period.
Rwanda, like most African countries, is grappling with a lack of reading culture and a lack of school libraries. School libraries not only increase literacy and reading for pleasure, they also enable teachers to use a wider range of resources in their classroom to help create a learner-centred environment. Teacher-librarians, through this project, will be trained to encourage reading for pleasure by providing a range of interesting and fun books to read. They will also organize the materials, both print and digital, that support the curriculum and allow teachers to enhance lessons in the classroom and students to explore further what they learn.
Many schools in Rwanda are struggling to offer school library services. This is partly because, generally, no one on staff is trained as a professional librarian. This project is hoping to change that and allow schools to select and train a teacher to focus on activities that promote information literacy and a reading culture at the school. The project will train teacher-librarians through specialised short-courses held at seven Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs). It will also train four selected KIE academic staff through a year-long development programme at Syracuse University aimed at building librarianship skills geared towards launching a teacher-librarian degree programme at KIE. It is hoped that the project will contribute to building strong school libraries by improving information literacy at schools which will promote reading culture in the country.
“The Elsevier Foundation grant will enable us to address the critical need for capacity building and information literacy to boost Africa’s participation in the global research community,” said Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director – Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA).
The 2102 winners of the Elsevier Foundation Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries include:
Small grants for improving Public Access to Health Information (PAHI) Awarded
The grants were aimed to build on the several Public Access to Health Information (PAHI) training workshops which have been held in various African countries (in English, French and Portuguese), the most recent one having being held at AHILA 13 Congress, Cape Verde. The challenge was to develop an idea which would promote and improve public access to health information.
On 1 May 2013 two proposals were selected out of 12 entries and awards of USD1000 each and these were generously sponsored by International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). The successful proposals came from Mrs Symphrose Ouma, Kenya and Ms. Monica Chipungahelo, Tanzania ; there was a ‘highly commended’ proposal from Mr Ronald Munatsi, Zimbabwe. Congratulations!
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