[Linux-aus] Computerbank Victoria Inc Grant Request - Free End User Linux Training
rstoffers at gmail.com
Sat Oct 1 18:20:03 UTC 2005
On Fri, 2005-09-30 at 12:51 +1000, Kylie Davies wrote:
> Date: 29th September, 2005
> Project: Free end user Linux Computer Training sessions at Computerbank
> Aims: To ease the training bottleneck by increasing the number of free
> group Linux training sessions to recipients of our computers. To
> continue to provide our printed Linux desktop guide free of charge.
> - Up to $1500 to increase the number of free training sessions we run
> over the next 6-8 months. We would use this money to pay honorariums to
> trainers to deliver and help support the delivery of training sessions
> through 'train the trainer' workshops. The focus of these sessions is to
> teach our volunteers to sensitively introduce computers and Linux to
> people new to computers. We feel this will ease the training backlog as
> well as provide opportunities for more volunteers to become skilled
> The payment to trainers would be $50 for a three hour session.
> - $300 to help cover costs (paper, toner, and staples) of printing the
> Linux guide provided to all recipients of our computers. The cost of the
> 22 page guide is around $1.20 a copy (double sided). This will allow us
> to print 250 copies. We would include a 'printed with the help of a
> Linux Australia grant' acknowledgment in the guide and have plans to
> approach businesses for sponsorship to print the guide in the future.
> Total Request: $1,800
> Background: Computerbank Victoria is a not for profit organisation
> distributing donated refurbished computers to disadvantaged individuals
> and community groups. Our inhouse Debian Knoppix distro has been
> designed to run fast on low end computers. These computers come with
> approximately 50 programs to help disadvantaged communities bridge the
> digital divide.
> Computerbank Victoria has distributed around 1400 Linux computers and
> placed 1600 more. We have been providing free Linux training since 1999.
> People who have used our service include the elderly, youth, unemployed,
> single parent families, people with disabilities and people from
> non-English speaking backgrounds as well as under resourced community
> groups. See http://vic.computerbank.org.au/for more information about
> our work.
> We have computers and plenty of people wanting our Linux computers.
> However we have a bottleneck distributing these computers because we
> don't have enough trainers to deliver our three hour end user Linux
> group training sessions. The current waiting time to receive a computer
> is around 3 months. If we had more trainers and training sessions we
> could considerably shorten the waiting time.
> Linux training and education is an important part of Computerbank's work
> to bridge the digital divide. The people we train are often computer
> newbies and/or new to Linux. Our three hour training session launches
> them into the world of computing. The training focuses on the
> development and application of generic computer skills while using a
> friendly and simple desktop.
> In addition to training individuals we also provide 'train the trainer'
> and 'basic network admin' training to community group leaders and
> representatives who receive public access networks .This training
> enables the representatives to manage their network and train other
> community members.
> Computerbank has several thin client public access networks successfully
> operating in Melbourne and we have plans to deploy another 3-4 over the
> next three months. We have two sites that are used by residents of an
> aged public housing estate in the north of Melbourne with a third on the
> way. We have another site in the west of Melbourne that provides access
> to low income residents of Altona North. More recently we placed a
> network in an organisation that provides media services to under
> resourced community groups. We are in the process of determining the
> computer needs for a project that aims to setup computer networks to
> teach basic computer and internet skills to newly arrived Sudanese
> people for the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) Program.
> By being able to provide more training we increase the amount of
> computers we distribute to disadvantaged communities. Through this we
> create greater awareness and wider use of FOSS in the community.
> Person/s Responsible for the Request: Kylie Davies (President,
> Computerbank Victoria Inc) and Jan Smith (Vice President, Computerbank
> Victoria Inc).
> If any further information is required we are happy to provide it.
Have you tried enlisting help from one or both of the two Melbourne
based LUGs? I'm sure there are plenty of knowledgeable people there who
would teach a class about Linux for the sake of being able to put it on
their resume, or even just for the satisfaction of helping others.
Unfortunately I call sunny north Queensland home (go Cowboys!),
otherwise I would offer some of my spare time to teach free of charge. I
just think the money would be better spent on more Linux guides/CDs then
paying people to teach.
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Member - Townsville Linux Users Group
Email - rstoffers at gmail.com
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