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Saturday, 2 July 2011

[Press Release]: ISOC Ghana and ghNOG successfully ends ghNOG-4 and Train the Trainer Workshops

Cape Coast Ghana, June 2011 - ISOC Ghana and the Ghana Network Operators’ Group (ghNOG) have successfully ended a train the trainer (TTT) program and the fourth edition of the UNIX system administration workshop dubbed ‘ghNOG-4’ at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana.
 
Speaking at the opening of the 2-day TTT workshop, the president of ISOC Ghana, Daniel Obuobi said the presence of the participants at the workshop demonstrated their willingness to join the corps of volunteer instructors who will help ISOC Ghana and ghNOG spread the community based capacity building program to other parts of the country. He said ISOC Ghana was poised to expand its capacity building program that will improve quality of service and enhance internet services delivery of network operators in Ghana. “We will count on your support anytime we have a ghNOG workshop in your area” he added. Mr. Obuobi said moving forward, ISOC and ghNOG will involve all TTT workshop attendees who reside in a locality when the workshop is held there. He hinted that with the corps of new instructors trained, ISOC Ghana and ghNOG may add new workshop tracks focused on nation IT developmental needs. The TTT workshop was attended by 15 participants from all over Ghana. Marcus Adomey, a ghNOG instructor and Bless I. A. Ahiaku, an educationist were facilitators at the workshop. The workshop was made possible by the kind sponsorship of ISOC.

The ghNOG-4 Workshop which was held back-to-back with the TTT workshop was held from 20 to 23 June 2011. Twenty six participants from industry, academia and non-governmental network operators attended the workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants were equipped with skills to setup a UNIX Internet production system with all essential services such as email and web services. Participants received books donated by Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) of the USA. Instructors to the workshop were AfNOG / ghNOG alumni and practicing network managers from industry, academia and non-governmental operators. During the closing ceremony, the local host and head of Computer Science & IT department of the University of Cape Coast, Dr. J. M. Eghan said he was glad the workshop was held at UCC and he will be glad to promote the ghNOG community based capacity concept in Cape Coast. The workshop was sponsored by Internet Society (ISOC) and Ghana’s premier mobile telecommunication network, MTN Ghana.

Photos of the TTT and ghNOG-4 can be found at http://jalbum.net/en/browse/user/album/999386/ and http://jalbum.net/en/browse/user/album/999379/ respectively.

About ISOC Ghana Chapter
Internet Society Ghana Chapter is a certified chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) which is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington D.C., USA, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. The Ghana Chapter was founded in 1997 with Dr. Quaynor as its founding President.