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In just a few days,  The ITU Telecom World 2011 event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of the culminating session for that event, we are inviting everyone to contribute their suggestions for a Manifesto for Change that will be read to thousands of stakeholders in the ICT industry.

To contribute a suggestion for the Manifesto for Change, please post under this forum a tweet-length (140 characters or less) suggestion on what ICT organizations can do to get more people connected. Beside your suggestion, please write down your name and the country you come from.

Your answers will be submitted during the live stream of the closing session of the ITU Telecom World 2011 event and broadcast to the thousands of people attending the event and watching online. This is a wonderful opportunity to let our voices be heard. So let's make good use of it. Share your suggestions for change now!

 

 

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To get the discussion started, I'll offer up my own suggestion. To get more people connected, we should: Support digital literacy programs for minorities and people living in remote & rural areas.

The University of the West Indies offers a MED in Literacy Instruction.
The European Virtual School is seeking collaborators from the EU for a Multilateral Project -- Académie St John.

Thanks for sharing these links! Do the literacy courses deal with just literacy instruction in general or is training for digital literacy also included?

Thanks for asking Vida.
The University of the West Indies offers a graduate degree in literacy. I facilitate a course called Literacy Materials Design. The training begins with print material and continues on to add interactive elements to teaching materials, moves on to images and video materials and concludes with website development. We focus on teaching in the Caribbean context and its unique dialectics. All of the learners in my class are teachers from the Caribbean region and come from a broad range of schools, some urban some rural, some primary and some secondary. All of the learners are highly qualified teachers with training in literacy instruction. Some also teach adult classes in their community.
DL
DL
Interesting! I'm glad I know a little bit more about this.
Hi Vida,
I have three contributions and suggestions of ICT and Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities

1- What are the best solutions required to develop PwDs by Assistive Technology.
Suggestion: Use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to increase access to education and employment for PwDs

2- Technology for all a dream or a nightmare for PwDs?
Two issues remain fundamentally unchanged on use ICT and At for PwDs the high cost and the lack of appropriate training.
Suggestion: Building access point in disadvantaged communities through ICT and AT Telecentres and implementation telecentre Academy for pwDs.

3- The vision of ICTs for All is easy to just but hard to achieve.
Suggestion: Available finances for research and deployment on accessible ICT solutions.
Specialized teacher training and availability of specialized hardware and software resources.
Formal support structure to Telecentre.org foundation for promoting ICT and AT for PwDs.
Thanks for your very insightful suggestions, Nabil! I'll make sure that they are fed into the twitter stream during the closing session of ITU Telecom World 2011.
Hi Vida,
With the Sri Lankan experience, I have witnessed that language is always being a barrier in getting people on board. For instance, most of the rural people in Sri Lanka tend to believe that ICT, computers and internet is a luxury that is reserved only for the elite class of the society who speak English.
Situation has being changed over the last few years and as today we have Sinhala and Tamil local language interfaces that can be used in computers. Also we have lots of contents developed in local languages that can help the rural folks with agriculture, education, farming, health issues, etc...
I think this is a burning question for some other countries where English is not their primary language. so I thing ICT organizations can help the rural folks by developing contents in local languages which people can come to their telecentres and use as they could empower their livelihoods.
Best,
Seu
Great suggestion, Seu! I'll pass it on during the closing session. - Vida

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