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Supercharge your telecentre with Teseo open source management solution

Think your telecentre is doing okay? Well, don’t be content with just “okay”. It’s time to bring your telecentre - or telecentre network, for that matter - to the next level! Supercharge it with Teseo 4 Telecentres, a comprehensive open source management solution for telecentres and telecentre networks. READ MORE

Register for SOCAP14 by Aug 15 to avail of 30% discount!

SOCAP14, the world’s leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise, will be held in San Francisco on September 2-5, 2014. Participants from the telecentre community may avail of a 30% discount on ticket prices by registering between now and August 15 using our special discount code. READ MORE

NEW in Expert's Corner: A Country's Development Involves Digital Inclusion of Rural Areas

In this month's edition of our Expert's Corner, we bring you an article written by Rodrigo Garrido, Director of the Research Center of Digital  Inclusion and Knowledge Society at the University of La Frontera (UFRO) in Chile. It talks about the need to incorporate, with a sense of urgency, the digital development of rural communities to the country's development agenda. READ MORE

Telecentres, participate in Maker Party 2014!

It's time for Maker Party once again! Along with Mozilla, we're excited to celebrate teaching and learning the web through thousands of community-run events around the world. We enjoin all telecentres and related organizations worldwide to participate in any of these events or, better yet, organize your own local events. Join the fun now! READ MORE

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Connecting Dreams of Poor Indians with Apna Tech Trees

Around 70% of the poor in India are from rural areas where there is a lack of basic social and infrastructure services, such as healthcare, roads, education, and drinking water.

Yet, despite the presence of over 300,000 NGOs, which are working in sectors spanning the gamut from agriculture to minority rights, India’s growth has primarily benefited its urban elite and middle class population who are engaged largely in the fast-growing services sector.

Inclusive, sustainable growth needs to be achieved in order to reduce poverty and other social and economic disparities, and also to sustain long-term economic growth. This is possible only by establishing a strong connection between rural and urban India for equitable social and economic opportunities. Relevant scientific and technological interventions can help in accelerating the…

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Posted by Seu Yapa on August 21, 2014 at 12:00am

Supporting Rwanda's telecentre revolution

It is market day in the village of Gakenke, in Rwanda's North Province, and by mid-morning the Business Development Centre is doing brisk business. "More than 50 people will come to use the computers and the Internet today," says manager Alice Nadine Kaneza. During the rest of the week, even on quiet days, at least 20 people – including students, farmers and local entrepreneurs – make use of the centre's facilities.

Managed by the Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN) on behalf of the Rwanda Development Board, the centre offers a range of services besides the Internet. Alice and her colleagues provide secretarial assistance, advise on tax affairs and link the community to government e-services. During the first six months of 2013, RTN also ran five-day training courses on basic accounting and strategic planning that attracted over 100 people.

Among those who…

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Posted by Djamila K. MATHU on August 20, 2014 at 9:05pm

Sri Lanka Brings Technology to Rural Residents

When the Sri Lankan government decided to create the e-Library Nenasala Program (eLNP) and build hundreds of computer centers all over the country in order to increase digital literacy, it knew that the low-income, rural residents it was targeting wouldn’t necessarily flock to the Nenasalas, or “wisdom centers.” Fear, distrust, or just plain unfamiliarity would likely keep them away.

That’s why the Information and Communication Technology Agency decided to put many of the Nenasalas in houses of worship—Buddhist temples, Hindu kovils, Muslim mosques, and Christian churches—along with public libraries. These institutions are seen as community centers and places of learning. They are familiar, welcoming, and trusted.

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Posted by Seu Yapa on August 20, 2014 at 3:29am

Sri Lankan e-Library Nenasala Programme wins ‘International Access to Learning’ award

Government-run development initiative will use $1 million Access to Learning Award to improve technology centres  serving the rural poor

Sri Lanka’s e-Library Nenasala Programme  (eLNP) won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‘s 2014 Access to Learning award of $1 million  at a ceremony held in Lyon, France Monday (18).. The award was in recognition of eLNP’s thrust for providing free access to computers and the Internet to underserved Sri Lankans living in remote and rural areas. The Government of Sri Lanka launched the programme as a way to boost digital literacy and encourage economic development throughout the country based on its National Development policy “Mahinda Chinthana”. 

The eLNP’s centres, known as Nenasalas (wisdom outlets),…

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Posted by Seu Yapa on August 20, 2014 at 1:19am

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Flavor of the Month of May: If Mobile Phones Killed the Telecentre, What Next? 13 Replies

Inspired by the upcoming IREX Tech Deep Dive event about the Future of Public Access (If Mobile Phones Killed the Telecentre, What is Next for Public Internet Access?), let's start a another episode of our "Flavor of the Month Forum" on this…Continue

Tags: public Internet access, telecentres, mobile, IREX

Started by Seu Yapa in Flavor of the Month. Last reply by telecentre.org Jun 3.

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