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Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva. This builds on the BYND2015 Youth Summit organized by ITU in San José, Costa Rica in 2013 where young participants from around the world called on governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governance to reach more people more easily than presently possible. They emphasized that the key to a successful development paradigm will be innovation and asked for education systems that equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global digital economy.

Digital Strategies for Development Summit 2015 to take center stage in the Philippines – FREE Registration for Telecentres and Partners!

In this digital age, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is reshaping the lives of the people. It has facilitated growth and development and at the same time created opportunities for the different sectors in our society. However, not everyone has the access or the skills for the available digital resources. With this socioeconomic disparity among the people, there is a definite call to accelerate digital inclusion through innovative solutions across all industries – the very purpose of the Summit. READ MORE

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Teleworking: Is this option right for employment of persons with disabilities

Working at home, sometimes called remote working, teleworking or telecommuting, is an important option for many persons with disabilities because it allows for more flexibility and may be only employment possibility to produce better results than working in a conventional workplace. It seeks to find jobs and working hours from home for making money online. It is a possible form of employment for persons with disabilities provided care is taken over selection of workers, identification of work that is suited to the telework format and management of telework units by employers.

Teleworking can be much simpler to deal with all persons with disabilities, with (visible or invisible), whatever accessible workplace, attitudes at an office or other place of work.

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Posted by Nabil Eid on April 17, 2016 at 4:12pm

Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies

What is the link between information communication technology and women’s empowerment in today’s development context? How can ICT facilitate the pursuit of a better world?

Exploring the rich complexity of the contexts in which they live and work, the authors of Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East offer a multitude of perspectives and experiences, avoiding simplistic answers and solutions.

Based on analyses from 21 research teams in 14 countries, this much-needed, human-centred contribution to the fields of gender, development, and information communication technology questions, demonstrates and suggests what it takes to wield the emancipatory potential of ICT.

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Posted by ahmad shaaban on March 17, 2016 at 5:52pm

Bridging the Digital Divide in Education for Women and Girls with Disabilities

Today! On Tuesday 8 March 2016, the world celebrates the International Women's Day.

The official United Nations theme for IWD in 2016 is Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality, accelerate and build momentum for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

I am very excited that I write in this day about bridging the digital divide in education, and summarize certain proposals for digital literacy campaign for women and girls with disabilities, the campaign aims to develop an effective strategy to enhance ICTs accessibility and IT skills…

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Posted by Nabil Eid on March 8, 2016 at 3:00pm

An Automated Environment Monitor, Invented By Two Sri Lankans, Helps Small-Scale Farmers

PALLAI, SRI LANKA ─ He’d been growing mushrooms in his shed since 2010, but Kanagaratnam Thayananthan was still stumped about how to save his crop from succumbing to humidity fluctuations.

Mushroom cultivation is ideally done with minimal human interaction, because mushrooms are easily contaminated through human contact, Kanagaratnam says in a phone interview. But to control the heat and moisture, he or a hired worker would regularly spray water or turn on cooling fans in the mushroom shed near his home in Pallai, in the Jaffna district, in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.

But in July, he installed an invention, created by two young Sri Lankan engineers, that automatically controls temperature and humidity. With the Enterprise/Environment Monitoring System (EMS), Kanagaratnam’s mushrooms now get first-class treatment with automatic…

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Posted by Seu Yapa on March 2, 2016 at 5:28pm

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Flavor of the Month of November: "How has TCF helped you or your organization in the last 5 years?” 13 Replies

Dear member,As Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this November, we would love to hear from you particularly on how TCF has helped you or your organization in the last 5 years.  We kindly request that you share with us what were the initiatives that have benefited you the most. We…Continue

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Started by Seu Yapa in Flavor of the Month. Last reply by Seu Yapa Nov 23, 2014.

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