Deirdre

Deirdre Jafferally

Iwokrama International Centre
Guyana

Katoonarib visits Bina Hill

Continues training to enhance computer skills

December 15, 2014

Katoonarib COBRA team visits Bina Hill to continue training with local COBRA Team to enhance their computer skills. The team was interested in learning how to better use MS Word and PowerPoint, using advance featured in video editing, and learning how to safely use the internet.

Project COBRA - Creative Commons

Project COBRA – Creative Commons

Project COBRA - Creative Commons

Project COBRA – Creative Commons

Project COBRA - Creative Commons

Project COBRA – Creative Commons

Project COBRA - Creative Commons

Project COBRA – Creative Commons

At the evaluation exercise between the COBRA Project and Katoonarib Village, following the end of the work package 5 activities of building community capacity and sharing best practices, the local team requested the opportunity to continue working with the COBRA team to further build their computing skills. Following the Indigenous Participatory Film Festival in Georgetown the team of Francis Mandukin, Diane Lee Domingo, Kame Wilson and Maylene Alexander visited Bina Hill. They spent a week, 6-10 Oct, working to enhance their skills in using Microsoft Office Word and Powerpoint, how to safely use the internet, creating and managing a computer filing system and using some advanced features in the video editing software.  The training exercises were led by Bernie Robertson and assisted by Grace Albert, Ryan Benjamin and Rebecca Xavier. The team ensured that each trainee had their own computer that they could work with them individually and each to work at their own pace in working out whatever issues they had.

The training started off with how to use MS Word. Bernie set the exercise for each team to write a story on their journey getting to Bina Hill. This allowed the team to work on their typing skills, learning how to style and format their document and how to save the file on completion. At the start of each day Bernie recapped what was done on the previous day getting each participant to say what they remembered from the day before and to demonstrate that one thing. Since each team member during the exchanges in the community only worked on a specific activity, either editing a video or a photostory, to further develop their video editing skills and explore using MS PowerPoint they were asked to create a photostory on one of these topics:

  • Radio Paiowmak
  • Bina Hill administration
  • Bina Hill Youth Learning Centre
  • Their training at BHI

They first edited the photostory with each COBRA team member help them understand how to use MS Powerpoint. On the following day they then edit a short video using after interviewing staff and visitors at North Rupununi District Development Board and taking supporting footage and pictures. As they completed each exercise they were taken through the steps of creating a filing system to track each file created. Being fairly new to the use of computers the Katoonarib team still found finding certain features on the computer a challenge but they persevered and at the end of the week felt they had improved their knowledge and promised to keep working at it least they forget. Both trainers and trainees wished they had more time to continue working together but felt that for the time they were together the time was usefully spent and was successful.

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