Subject: Venezuela Starts Teaching Free Software
From: Seth Johnson <seth.johnson@RealMeasures.dyndns.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 04:10:56 -0400


> http://www.mci.gob.ve/noticiaingles.asp?num=585

Open Source Software Courses Set to Begin

The registration process will be carried out in 330 information
centers distributed all around the country. The courses include
hardware and software fundamentals, as well as their use and
utilities. This program will start on Monday, June 12. More than
400 thousand people will participate.

A program to train over 400 thousand people in open source
software - as part of Mission Science - will start on Monday,
June 12 in Venezuela. This training program will be carried out
by the National Center of Information Technologies (CNTI, Spanish
acronym). CNTIís President, Jorge Berrizbeitia, explained that
the first goal is to train the population that does not know
anything about this field.

The registration process will be carried out in the 330
information offices distributed all around the country.

These free courses will last 24 hours. They will be completed
according to the needs of each community. They include hardware
and software fundamentals, their use and utilities, and the
importance of information and communication technologies for
communities.

Berrizbieta pointed out that 860 people will participate as
teachers in these courses.

The CNTIís head stated that the second stage of this program will
train over 300 thousand reservists on this technology-information
matter. He also added that the CNTI plans to open other 230
information offices. This institution also will provide mobile
information offices that will be able to reach low-income
communities of difficult access.