Training in Web Publishing and use of the Internet
The mutual linking of computers through the World Wide Web
is playing an important role in knowledge and information gathering
and dissemination. This aspect of internetworking technologies
is one the most exciting feature that has a potential to provide
backbone for e-commerce, social and economic development initiatives.
Furthermore, with the spread and diffusion of these technologies,
in societies across the globe, the role of World Wide Web is
bound to increase, particularly, for developing countries it
will open up new arenas of development co-operation and economic
SDNP believes that to actualize a meaningful and beneficial
participation of end-users, through internetworking technologies,
there should be an in-house capacity in the governmental, non-governmental
and other civil society initiatives to publish their websites
and frequently update the information and knowledge content.
For this purpose SDNP has come up with a training and capacity
development programme. This programme incorporates, along with
regular courses of web authoring, the advocacy component to
create a paradigm shift in the aims of web publishing i.e.,
from "brochureware" to "informationware".
Main Objectives of the Training Programme are
- To enhance in-house capacity of key development organizations
for web publishing.
- To introduce new technologies and techniques related to
- To provide space for the participants to meet and exchange
their knowledge related to web publishing tools.
- To build close liaison with development organizations and
familiarize them with the developmental potential of the Internet.
- To advocate for bringing the public domain local content
of development information and knowledge on the World Wide
Types of Training
SDNP has conducted two types of training:
1). Training in the use of the Internet.
2). Training in Web-Authoring.
1). Training in the use of the Internet
SDNP has been holding regular training workshops in the use
of email and Internet. This kind of training started in March
1994 - on a regular weekly basis, open to the general public.
By the time this regular activity was wound up in September
1997, more than 2000 people had attended these sessions. The
main accent of this training programme was in the use of email,
though other Internet tools were also introduced.
In addition to these weekly sessions, special training programmes
were designed and conducted for a number of research and development
organizations in the country (see SDNP documents for details).
Since October 1998, SDNP has developed training modules in
the use of Internet focussing on optimal search techniques on
the web. This training is generally on demand and a number of
educational institutions and development organizations have
benefited from it.
SDNP can deliver this training to your organization at fairly
2). Training in Web-Authoring
This training programme in web authoring/publishing was initiated
in the first quarter of 1999 with its first round of workshops
held between April-June 1999. Twenty-five such workshops were
conducted till the end of June 2001. Beginning from basic web-authoring
techniques needed to
set up a simple website, more advanced topics like online databases
and graphics/animation have been covered in subsequent workshops.
In addition, special workshops in Urdu and Sindhi web-authoring
have also been conducted to help bring development content in
on the web. The special sector has also received ICTs training
through workshops especially customized by SDNP for them. Some
of the organizations have been imparted special training by
SDNP staff at its office premises. More than 260 organizations
have thus been trained, and more than 160 websites have either
been created or improved as a result of this capacity building
The following tables represent the current status of
this training programme in each city where it is being conducted.
Manuals SDNP Internal Training Evaluation Report