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Macedonia: Employees from 22 Municipalities Trained to Use OpenOffice.org

74 employees from 22 municipalities were trained to use OpenOffice.org within the training prepared by Metamorphosis Foundation and USAID’s project for successful decentralisaiton – Make Decentralisation Work Project. The training was held in Riviera Hotel in Ohrid, from 15 to 20 January, 2007.

obukaooo174 employees from 22 municipalities were trained to use OpenOffice.org
within the training prepared by Metamorphosis Foundation and USAID’s
project for successful decentralisaiton – Make Decentralisation Work
Project. The training was held in Riviera Hotel in Ohrid, from 15 to 20 January, 2007.

Mutual characteristic of the participants was the fact that they were
from small municipalityes without employed IT expert (system
administrator). The participants of the training are employed in the
municipality departments for tax, finance, local economic development
as well as members of municipality councils.

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Representatives of the following municipalities attended the training
(municipalities with blue colour on the map): Arachinovo, Berovo,
Bogovinje, Valandovo, Vinica, Dojran, Zhelino, Karbinci, Kratovo,
Krushevo, Lipkovo, Mavrovo and Rostushe, Makedonska Kamenica, Mogila,
Novaci, Novo Selo, Plasnica, Saraj, Sopishte, Studenichani, Tearce and
Centar Zhupa.

The training was conducted within six days, while participants were
grouped into three groups. The training for the first two groups was in
Macedonian language, while the training for the last group was in
Albanian. Each group attended two-day training.

Team of trainers included Nikolche Mickoski and Jordanka Petrushevska, Xpert
certified trainers from Metamorphosis Foundation in Macedonian
language, IT professors Burim Baftijari and Arben Murati.
 
obukaooo2Curriculum of the training was dedicated to Writer (text processor) and Calc (spreadsheets). Each of participants received OpenOffice.org tutorial , as well as Get your job done CD.

Since the survey
conducted by Metamorphosis Foundation in May 2006 shown that most of
Macedonian municipalities use pirated software, the trainers explained
the importance of use of free and open source software (FOSS) as legal
alternative as well as compatibility of the OpenOffice.org with
Microsoft Office.

Part of the participants had basic computer skills, but it was not an
obstacle for successful acquiring of knowledge from the training.
Although most of these municipalities do not use internet as an
instrument for communication with the citizens, all the participants
expressed their opinion that new technologies contribute significantly
towards improving efficiency of their municipality.

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