atelier bloggingTwo weeks ago, Stéfane had been contacted by a responsible from JENIST (Jeunes Entrepreneurs de l’IST) who invited FOKO to teach IST students about blogging.

Saturday, June 13th, Pati, Tahina, Andry, Affick and I joined Stéfane for the workshop.

I have to admit that the JENIST was not that well organized and IST students were not even aware of the event they were organizing. FOKO got the cybercafé of the institute for the workshop. Despite the ads we put around, the students came to sky and were disappointed that the cybercafé is only open for the workshop. It was a little disappointing for us when those youngsters decided to leave the room then.

The workshop should have started at 8.00 a.m. and some of the FOKO members were already there since 7.30 a.m. to make sure that everything would be alright; though at 9.00 a.m., nothing started yet. Pati and I decided to “recruit” some guys singing outside to fill this empty room. We told them that we were bloggers from FOKO and wanted to share our (little) experience and teach them how to create a blog. One of the guys asked what was that “blog” mean. So I said “if you want to know more, you are invited to join us at the ESPATEL (the name of the cybercafé)”. Three of the guys stoop up and followed us while a few stayed keeping on their songs followed by the sound of a guitar.

9.30 a.m. Wew…😀 during the break, more people came to “our” workshop and our little room finally was crowded. We could feel relieved😀

Stéfane and his students

Stéfane and his students

Stéfane and Andry (proudly🙂 ) started with a little introduction of FOKO Madagascar, then explained what a blog is and why joining the blogosphere could be important and interesting. Some of the audience could get a computer while the others were standing around taking notes not to miss the creating process of  a blog. Each one of us was assigned to a little group. I was in charge of a young guy who has chosen Quiidam as a nickname. At the beginning, he just wanted to be nice with me but was not interested at all. I could feel it so I opened several FOKO members’ blogs and showed him how beautiful and interesting personal blogs are. Then came the questions and he got more and more involved😀 . He honestly said that he loved the idea of having his own blog but this Quiidam’s Blog might be just a try for the workshop. He already had some plans in mind, sharing the music he creates to the world. I am so happy this evening when I opened his link and could see already three posts (biographies of rappers) and a nice tag as a header image.

Quiidam and I / Affick and the two teachers

Quiidam and I / Affick and the two teachers

Affick was in charge of two ladies, both teachers at IST. The task was not that easy for the poor guy because the way of understanding of the teachers took a little bit longer comparing to the other “kids”😀 .  I was glad Tahina took over with my “student” so I could help one of the ladies who really insisted to have me.

”]A group photo before leaving [ with FOKO and IST new bloggers :-) ]

After the workshop, we were supposed to stay but couldn’t. Before leaving, we visited the two stalls of JENIST outside. I came nearer to talk to JENIST members. JENIST is a club within IST institute which gather students, entrepreneurship and talents. They proudly showed me a tag drawn by a member. There was also this little box for playing quizzes: the first who knows the answer should press the button and then the light will be on. These guys also publish an in-house newspaper.

Atag made by a JENIST

A tag made by a JENIST

for quizzes

for quizzes