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June 2008 Blog Posts (28)

Malaysian government to invest RM 13.5 Billion for rural ICT

A total of RM13.5 billion is to allocated to improve school infrastructure, provide more ICT facilities and encourage more experienced teachers to serve in rural areas under a plan for greater focus on rural education, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday.

The prime minister said this was to help reduce the wide gap in academic achievement between rural and urban schools.

Tabling the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat, he… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on June 26, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Knowledge sharing: putting it in context…

That water is the most precious, rear resource in the hot desert threatened Sudan is well documented. Yet, locals find it within themselves to share it with any traveller in need by setting up road-side watering (drinking) points (called Sabir). Actually, these are small pots made out of clay that are stationed on tripod stands – usually in a set of three, under thin sheds…checkout the photo. Neighbours refill them every morning. You see, clay is porous and passes on this great attribute to the… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

How not to keep records | from Kida telecentre, Mali as Adult literacy training starts in Algeria telecentres

I arrive at Kida telecentre on a wet Tuesday morning. It located 180 km West of Bamako, Mali. The telecentre is centrally located in this rural but busty, little township boasting of a population of more than 35000. We are welcomed by Abdulaye Diallo, he is the co-owner of the telecentre. He is a highly motivated manager and knows how to do business – my first impression.

I asked him how the telecentre is used and how many people come a day. I am told that users can access computer… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 24, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre community comes of age| what time can do…

A participant asked me “…after three years of’s work, how has the telecentre landscape changed, what can you say about the future?” I looked at him and smiled in admiration. He had just posed a great question – one that needed a cute response. The thing is, I had only two minutes to respond.

This was at the end of the international workshop on sustainability of telecentres in Lusaka (June 2008). I have not stopped thinking about that question ever since. Actually, I… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 23, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Zambia raises USD 4 million for Rural ICT Fund

The Communications Authority of Zambia has raised more than 14 billion kwacha (US$4 million) for rural information and communication technology, according to a government official.

Minister of Communications and Transport Dora Siliya said the money will be used to provide information and communication technology (ICT) services in rural areas. The money has been raised through service charges slapped on mobile-phone service providers and Internet service providers (ISPs) operating in… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on June 23, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Lack of infrastructure hampers telecentre investment in Africa

Information and communication technology (ICT) experts say a lack of funding and infrastructure is posing a hurdle to rural telecenter investment in Africa.

Private companies and donor institutions are not mobilizing funds to finance telecenter development, according to experts meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, last week at a conference on the subject.

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Although telecenters facilitate access to ICT… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on June 23, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Proven tips in resource mobilisation for telecentre community

Ever been on a resource mobilisation mission for an activity so important - telecentre event, content development for communities - but only got lacklustre response. I suspect you then wondered whether you might be able to sustain the momentum or even start the activity itself. Alright, help is on the way. I have a few practical tips that I picked up recently from people involved deeply in resource mobilisation for telecentre community.

I don’t know about you. But for me, what I like… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 22, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre Europe network take yet another step…

I am preparing for my flight out of Barcelona after three days of work with the steering committee of telecentre Europe. You might recall – from my blogs elsewhere, that I went to Riga in April for TLF-Europe, where the network expanded and set new targets with a benchmark at Barcelona June 2008. Yes, this was the occasion. We reviewed documents and strategies developed since Riga.

This meeting was a great opportunity for the steering committee to reconnect. You see, the committee… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 20, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The telecentre community re-union in Zambia

Telecentre practitioners and network leaders gathered here in Lusaka June 17 – 19 to share experiences and develop strategies for sustainable telecentres in Africa. Perhaps the hallmark of the event was the participation of CTA, Info-bridge and IICD with an open invitation to telecentre community for partnership.

The event was momentous. Take CTA ( for instance which has been one of the leading players in dissemination of agricultural information resources across the APC… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 20, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Uganda to fight 'north - south' Digital Divide

Uganda has set aside UShs.5 billion to fund the construction of a National Data Transmission Back Bone to enhance Uganda’s domestic fibre-optic network and wireless capability.

This was revealed on 17 June by the minister of Finance, planning and Economic development, Dr. Ezra Suruma while presenting the FY 2007/08 budget to parliamentarians.

The minister said there is an imbalance in the presence, utilisation and access to the technologies between the developed and… Continue

Added by Betty Iyamuremye on June 20, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 18 June 2008

Telecentres to provide RoR in West Bengal, India

The SREI Sahaj e-Village limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited (SIFL), has launched computerisation of land records on June 14 2008 in the state of West Bengal, India. Initially, the facility of Record of Rights (RoR) was made available in three telecentres in the district of Hooghly. Later on the facility will be extended to all centres of the state. The facility will charge INR 20, and INR 10 will… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on June 18, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

18 Commonwealth African States to discuss ICT policy

National policy makers on information and communication technology (ICT) in Commonwealth African countries, as well as regulators, operators, manufacturers, infrastructure developers and financiers will gather at the Commonwealth Secretariat on 19 June 2008 to exchange ideas and assess development opportunities in telecommunications in 18 Commonwealth African states.

More than 100 delegates will be attending the meeting that will be focused on the Commonwealth African Rural… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on June 18, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments Academy: First steps around the world

The Academy — a global initiative that provides telecentre managers with ongoing training, capacity building, and professional development opportunities — will be launched in October 2008. Thanks to the hard work of nonprofit, academic, private sector, and government partners around the world, we are one step closer to achieving the goal of training one million people by 2010.

The Academy is structured as a network of national academies who… Continue

Added by on June 18, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Networking telecentres to empowering communities in Egypt is excited to announce the approval of the Empowering Communities through Telecentre Networking project that will create a Central IT Club Entity (CITCE) in Egypt. This two-year project will support current efforts by the Government of Egypt through the ICT Trust Fund and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to develop a vibrant telecentre community.

The initiative will provide coordinated support to all forms of telecentre activities in Egypt including… Continue

Added by on June 18, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

From Schools to telecentres: OLPC reaches Uruguayan telecentres

The Uruguayan network of telecentres RUTELCO_ partner in this country_ will collaborate with the Uruguayan government to implement the national One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative intended to reach every single child in public schools and now also every single telecentre in the country.

Recently RUTELCO signed an agreement with OLPC representatives and the… Continue

Added by on June 18, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

The 5th EATLF erects tall order for TLF hosts

The success of the 5th East Africa Telecentre Leaders Forum has become a milestone in the history of TLFs in the region.

For us starters in the telecentre movement, the vigour with which Ahmed Mouhmood Mohammed Eisa was working to make this forum a success has left us astonished.

He first of all worked tirelessly to see to it that all participants made it for the forum from different regions, as we are all aware of the delays in visa and ticket processions for some… Continue

Added by Betty Iyamuremye on June 17, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

The Open Classroom opened for the community

In the Lucrecio Jaramillo Vélez School in Medellin, the Open Classroom, equipped by Medellin Digital with brand new PCs, is used every Saturday to teach the students’ parents how to use the new technologies. Starting from the idea that the school should be a development center, the director opened its institution to the surrounding community. The parents are very happy about this initiative, as they feel that they really need to learn more about ICT. They enjoy a lot their classes. The success… Continue

Added by Medellin Digital on June 16, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

No more boring classes

The educative portal of Medellin Digital,, is full of resources to use as new ways of teaching at school: digital books, videos, educative software are some of the tools provided for free. The portal is constantly updated, so it is very easy to find what you are looking for and even searching by age, theme, type of information, etc. In the same way, the information can be browsed on a large number of subjects such as informatics, mathematics, sports, arts, social sciences,… Continue

Added by Medellin Digital on June 16, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

My vision about 5th EATLF - SUDAN

Summary and my vision of the 5th EATLF conference in Sudan:

Dear all Participants in 5th EATLF. The 5th EATLF meeting was at high level of exchange experiences on level of East Africa, MENA, India, and Brazil.

The meeting was at level of East Africa and MENA, but in my vision It was global level conference.

East African experiences:

East African leaders have multiple experiences and powerful… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on June 14, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

East Africa Telecentre Leaders’ Forum – show off benefits of staff exchange

As I listened to telecentres and network leaders here at the East African Telecentre Leaders Forum (EATLF), I kept thinking – so, can these interesting activities be taken to scale?

The first day of the event featured concrete stories about creating innovative content and services, partnerships, building telecentre networks from Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Brazil and India. I was particularly impressed by Uganda Development Services (UDS) telecentre efforts to… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 13, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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