This year, the annual event, through which the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation develops the technological capacity of civic organizations, has a new format.
Traditionally, since 2009 with the support of Microsoft Bulgaria the Foundation has organized the NGO Day: “Technologies for Good Causes” by enabling sector representatives to improve within one day their knowledge and skills to work with a particular technology product. As a result of the eight editions of the initiative, the technological capacity of nearly 1000 civil society organizations has increased.
This year, the initiative will take the form of interactive and upgrading webinars on four Microsoft software products. Representatives of NGOs and cultural centers (chitalishte) can participate in the trainings from any point with good internet connection. They can join from the office, from home, from the park, thus saving time and money.
The training topics respond to various challenges faced by the sector's employees: from creation of a database, through presentation of results and reports to promotion of organizations' causes and mission. The participants have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills to work with the following products: Office 365, Power Point, Access, and Excell. Those wishing to join can register for both all webinars and some of them, depending on the time and motivation they have.
In order to achieve deeper knowledge and skills, two training webinars are provided for each of the 4 topics. After completion of the first part of a topic, the participants will get a practical assignment from the lecturer, which they will have to submit before the second part. The idea is for participants to acquire more practical skills. During the webinars, the participants will be able to rely on the support of the lead lecturer.
The online trainings will be scheduled in the period May-June 2017. See the calendar below. Participation in them will be free, as usual, but will require pre-registration. The registration forms will be posted on the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation website.