CITAD Kano NigeriaDay 2 of the 3 day (maybe 4) web design and content management training at CITAD and GIIP is now complete. The review and evaluations for day 1 are available on our training resource site http://citad.org/trainings.

The materials above provide the main breakdown and detail of how everything went.  Mostly day 1 was challenging because we were trying to gauge where we were all stood and make it fun and interactive.  This goal to make it user driven really worked and then the generator blew up and caught on fire (not kidding).  This shortened the training partly because the computers were out and we only had a few laptops but mostly because with no electricity to power the fans it was way too hot to be there.

Day 2 we picked up where we left off and a few folks had completed there homework even (side note: I think I need to figure out homework for the end of every class, it’s not mandatory but everyone liked the idea).  Everyone is really eager to learn and wanted to spend even more time than allocated.  Today we reviewed poorly designed sites, and spent the rest of the time building an html/css template (using heavily materials from maxdesign).

Other things we noticed: viruses and spyware are pervasive and have crippled a lot of the available computers.  So we are going to fit in a short MS Windows maintenance and security training and perhaps even and Intro to Linux session.  Simple free AV software (clam, avg) could have a significant impact on reducing this problem if we can get people access to it (the web here is too slow to download it).  Other trainings up coming this next week are introduction to databases and data analysis using spreadsheets.

Also today we took a ride on “achabas” (sp?) or motorbike taxis, a very popular and cheap mode of transportation.  We went over to Spice Foods for really great food and beer (shhh!).  We got some great time in with the restaurant owner talking about the deteriorating situation in Kano amongst other things and then we took the “achabas” back home.  The motorbike ride is not nearly as scary as I thought even at night.  Whether I’m up to it during daily traffic is another story.

Sai anjima!