This project aimed to assess the value of multimedia and Internet based
resource creation and collaboration in extending the ability of training
centres to train effectively. The focus was on centres responding to the
needs of the poor; delivering training which improves employment
opportunities and therefore the livelihoods of trainees and their
The research attempted to focus on specifically defined 'content' in
the area of vocational training in specific subject areas (agriculture,
woodwork and metalwork) which would be relevant and valued by particular
groups, allowing them to replicate and extend delivery of training, and
where there would be potential benefit to all parties from sharing of
this information between groups.
Digital Video was used to enhance cabability of training centres in East
Africa. Collaborators moved from a relatively disengaged and hesitant
position towards engagement with the medium and acceptance of its
application. The use of the Internet to promote networking was found to
have severe practical limitations and had low acceptance. The rich media
being created were handled through offline delivery and networking. The
group of three collaborators in Kenya and Uganda established an
apparently sustainable and continuing programme of content creation for
vocational training. The two collaborators who had more limited results
were based in Ethiopia. The model of regional collaboration is believed
to have wider application in local content creation.
Big World, Macclesfield, UK, 2 pp.
Digital Bridges for Vocational and Educational Training. Research Brief.