ITA trains MoE staff on using free and open source software

Muscat - 

The Information Technology Authority (ITA), in cooperation with  Daleel Petroleum, is conducting a training programme for Ministry of Education employees, on using free and open source software (FOSS) till October 22. 

The training programme targets 200 employees in Dakhliyah and Dhahirah governorates and focuses on three main training curricula: Ubuntu for beginners, designed for teachers and supervisors and advanced Ubuntu for technicians in addition to GIMP and Inkscape software for teachers.

This training programme shows the role played by the private sector in supporting the community and its cooperation with government entities in human capacity development in various fields and in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in particular. Through this training, ITA seeks to promote the use of FOSS in the education sector by training its employees on using various highly efficient design programmes and operating systems which can be a good replacement for the closed software which require licenses from the producing companies besides its high costs.

ITA has launched the Free and Open Source Software Initiative in March 2010 to encourage innovation as well as boost software development talent and skills.

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