I have been trying for years to offer photo processing courses with free software at our adult education centre. I have always been rejected for the reason that Photoshop is the tool of choice and most people work with it.
Recently, I was asked if I could offer GIMP courses, because on the one hand the licenses for Photoshop are no longer affordable for the institution and on the other hand, they can no longer recommend the high costs to the clients.
So, this year I will offer a beginner’s course and, if needed, an advanced one:
I am curious how many people will participate.
Next year it will be even better. Besides GIMP courses they want me to offer courses for darktable, Inscape, Scribus and Blender. Even more, they want to have school holiday programs for children and teenagers with this software!
I’m reserved with the enthusiasm because I’m not sure how it will be accepted, but the willingness to offer free software courses is a positive step.
Let’s see how that evolves.