Cuba's Cocodrilo Community Multimedia Centre Hosts ICT Training Course
Just over two years ago UNESCO established "Cocodrilo", a community multimedia centre in a remote community on the Isle of Youth in Cuba within the framework of the project "Multimedia for Caribbean Communities". Community members now completed a workshop in ICT applications, as the UNESCO Bureau in Kingston reports.
During the week of 14-17 March 2004, members of the small community of 300 people, who are making their living from fishing, turtle preservation and forestry attended a three-day specialized training workshop in ICT applications for communities, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with VILCOMM International, a Jamaican training consultant company at the Palacio de Computación in Nueva Gerona, and Radio Cocodrilo.
The workshop, the fourth in a series, was an effort to strengthen the network of the four community multimedia centers (CMCs) involved in this project including Radio Toco, Trinidad and Tobago, Radio GED, Barbados and Roots FM, Jamaica.
The workshop was intended to train community members who are involved in the management and operation of the community multimedia centre in Cocodrilo as well as one of the 302 computer youth clubs operated in Cuba. The participants included radio announcers, a technician, journalists, a system administrator, an environmentalist as well as representatives from the listeners of Radio Cocodrilo.
The training activities, primarily hands-on, were aimed at providing skills for enhancing local content development including the following areas:
<li>Radio Communication Skills</li>
<li>Radio Browsing Techniques</li>
<li>Digital Audio/Video Manipulation</li>
<li>ICT Application in Management</li>
<li>Web site development and maintenance etc. </li>
Prior to this event, programme/content development at Radio Cocodrilo was mainly analog. The operators of the community multimedia centre are now able to integrate the new and traditional technologies in the production editing and publishing in the media of digital audio and video. UNESCO also provided appropriate technical facilities to facilitate this training workshop.
"Antes eramos una comunidad de duda, ahora es el gran conocimiento. El seminario fue muy bien organizado. Estamos muy satisfechos todos!" (Before this we were a community in doubt; now we have much more knowledge. The seminar was very well organised and we are greatly satisfied)" says one participant from the Cocodrilo community.
The Local Government of the Isle of Youth was very supportive of the organization and implementation of the training activities with the Vice President of the Isle of Youth being present at the opening of the event.
This activity marks the end of phase one of the MCC Project. Phase two, among many other activities, will see expansion of CMCs to include a number of stations across the region such as Radio Paiwomak, Guyana; Radio Muye, Suriname; Radio em ba Mango and others in Dominica.
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