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June 2006 Blog Posts (4)

The DAISY4All Digital Talking Books for Visually Disabled People

During my visit to Chittagong, Bangladesh, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharya, a visually disabled youngman, at Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) head office. He is coordinating the ‘Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) 4 All’ project. Under this project, they are developing ‘Digital Talking Books’(DTBs), which are multimedia representation of print publications for people with multiple disabilities, specially the print disabled people, such as visually disabled,… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on June 15, 2006 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Mission 2007: Evolution of a Pilot Study into a National Telecenter Movement

The Pilot

In the South Asian region, India took the lead in the telecenter movement by piloting the MSSRF-IDRC Project of ‘Village Information Centers (VICs) in three villages near Pondicherry. It was the brainchild of Prof. MS Swaminathan. The experience gained from its implementation inspired the project team to use ‘social inclusion’, ‘reaching the unreached’ and ‘voicing the voiceless’ as the guiding principles for replicating this model in other regions. During the pilot, the… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on June 15, 2006 at 5:00pm — No Comments

e-Learning in the South Asian Region

The e-learning sector is growing gradually, but steadily in the South Asian region. A number of organisations, even telecenters, are developing very interesting and innovative multi-media modules that consist of either a combination of animation, audio, video, hypertext, graphics or only animation, only audio-video mediums. It is basically a multi-sectoral activity with the involvement of a number of professionals, such as subject experts, teachers, psychiatrists, IT and multi-media… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on June 5, 2006 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Telecenter Movement in Nepal: Some Observations

The telecenter movement is at a very nascent stage in Nepal. It is a relatively new concept that is gradually gaining momentum. Nepal followed the Mission 2007 example in totality, right down to adopting the 5Cs to prepare the roadmap for its implementation at the national level. Just like Mission 2007, Nepal’s ‘Swabhiman’ is also a CSO initiated telecenter movement. With the Nepali government showing a keen interest in ICT enabled development; its proactive support is steering it forward in… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on June 2, 2006 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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