Sixteen WiFi networks were developed in Moldova this year. This is a pilot project done by the Alliance of Access to Information and Training Community Centers of Moldova. The project aims to share good practices between Ngo`s from Estonia and Moldova about development of e-society and use of informational technologies in durable development of rural communities. Estonia, recently called as E-Estonia, has good experience in developing WiFi network. Traveling across the country you can find easily free access to internet.
Veljo Haamer, Estonian expert, one of the promoters of WiFi movement in Estonia has said that: WiFi in Estonia shares existing broadband on cafes, hotels, hospitals, social hubs and public transport. Free WiFi has the same values as fresh newspapers in order to attract more visitors to stay. Free WiFi in Estonia is subculture; everybody accepts that as part of modern life. Internet access is part of modern world. Moldova is going on the footsteps of Estonia. We are happy to help Moldova and to be better on EU support.
The project started with a study visit of Moldavian decision makers to Estonia. Participants learned from Estonian practice how to develop new services for communities through WiFi networks. A visit of Estonian experts to Moldova followed. Where analyzed technical aspects for each network. Through Skype conferences, the Estonian experts helped Moldavian telecentre administrators to administrate the WiFi networks, to set the rules and create web pages for networks.
Models of WiFi networks were created in schools, libraries, telecentres, mayor buildings, parks, whole villages. As a result people have possibility to use internet not just in front of computers provided by telecentres but also in public spaces. School teachers can use computers and experiment on different aspects concerning wireless networks. Kerry Coughlin, Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova who works in a school connected to WiFi has said: In the English classroom, I can show videos shot in English speaking countries, have students listen to texts or songs in the English language, show pictures to illustrate vocabulary words, and more. But the benefits of WiFi expand beyond English classes; I believe teachers in all departments can use the internet to create a more interactive and engaging experience for students.
As a result over 20000 people are expected to use this possibility in the future.
The project was financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Development and Humanitarian Funds.
More information: www.wifimoldova.wordpress.com.