Results of the Google Basics Telecentre Challenge are finally out. Congratulations to Linda Balbuena of Malvar Community eCenter in the Philippines and Susana Ebeling of CTC Biblioteca Popular Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in Argentina for getting the most number of individuals enrolled in our Google Basics Certification Course in English and Spanish respectively! READ MORE
We're excited to be partnering with Mozilla once again to celebrate teaching and learning the web with Maker Party. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic Internet users of all ages and skill levels. READ MORE
Good news! The enrollment period for Telecentre Academy's "Women, Entrepreneurship & ICTs" course in English has been extended until July 25 to allow more women from different parts of the world to avail of the opportunity to gain practical ideas, skills and resources to help them launch and grow their own business. Classes will officially start on July 28. READ MORE
Starting this month, we will be sharing articles written by experts from the global telecentre and ICT4D community on various topics of interest. We're launching our Expert's Corner with a contribution from Paco Prieto, an expert on social innovation and creative thinking and author of the blog “La servilleta de Paco Prieto”. The article is entitled "Telecentre Managers in Venus, Network Leaders in Mars. Why don't we go back to Earth?". Check it out!
Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) is happy to announce yet another partnership, this time with Vital Innova, a consulting organization based in Spain that develops and delivers technology services and open source solutions worldwide. Through this new partnership, TCF and Vital Innova will be making available a software package called Teseo 4 Telecentres, a comprehensive open source management solution for telecentres and telecentre networks. READ MORE
According to the Alliance for Affordable Internet, 4.3 billion people or 3 out of 5 individuals in the world still do not have access to the Internet. This digital divide hampers economic and social progress. But there is something we can do about it, and we can do it TOGETHER. READ MORE
Mina Community eCenter, equipped with 42 units of computers, has become the center for computer literacy training in a 5th income-class municipality in the Province of Iloilo, Philippines with a population of 18,000 people with majority of them living below poverty level.
After three years of operation since its establishment on June 15, 2011, the eCenter has already trained about 773 people, from children to senior citizens for its free Computer Literacy Training Program, 643 women trained for Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC) Programs and has served a total 6,951 clients for its various ICT-enabled services like internet use, printing, CD burning, scanning and other related computer works as well as business activities such as computer…Continue
If you are used to a reliable internet connection and uninterrupted power supply, you might not appreciate BRCK – a battery-powered modem that will connect you to the internet irrespective of your location. But for the 75 percent in Africa, internet connection is non-existent and erratic at best.
A solution to provide internet to off-grid areas has been hampered by an unreliable or non-existent power connection. It is this kind of unique challenges that spurred the creation of the crowd sourcing platform Ushahidi spearheaded by the ‘father of Kenya’s tech innovation community’ Erik Hersman and Juliana Rotich during the 2007 post-election violence.
Now the team, that includes David Kobia, Reg Orton and Philip Walton, are on a path to disrupt internet access with what is dubbed as ‘the backup generator of the internet’. BRCK is built in Africa for Africa but…Continue
Posted by Seu Yapa on July 17, 2014 at 2:31pm
In Tunis this month, the Arab Regional Agenda for Improving Education Quality (ARAIEQ) held its second annual meetings of representatives from institutions from across the region. The idea for this network is simple enough: Arab countries face a now well-recognized challenge—the need to improve the quality and relevance of their education systems. It therefore stands to reason that they should share solutions. They met to review the progress made in the past year and discuss how to work more closely together in the future. What have they accomplished?
Assessment: Creating measurably better systems
Often, stakeholders—families, educators, firms, and governments—are surprisingly unaware of the state their schools are in: they are “in the dark”, as it were. By…
Posted by Nabil Eid on July 21, 2014 at 4:40pm
Lisbon takes over Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona and organizes the fifth edition of the Coworking Europe Conference. Around 350 participants will meet from 24th to 26th of November at Cinema Sao Jorge, Lisbon, to share experiences with coworkers from elsewhere.
The first day of the conference, on November 24, will be devoted to inspiring discussions and roundtables. On the second day there will be a Barcamp, an "unconference" that will include open and participatory workshops, and the participants will be who propose and choose the topics.
The aim is to celebrate the collaboration and to share best practices. Different workshops and a visit to coworking spaces will close the conference…Continue
Posted by Laia Fauró Gual on July 21, 2014 at 6:00pm
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