Following the successful bid by Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN) to host NetAfrica, one of the immediate priorities was to have the network legalized by the host country as an international organization. In consultation with other members, NetAfrica officers Rita Mijumbi and Cleopa Otieno were endorsed to join Paul Barera who is also the NetAfrica Chair on August 18, Saturday to authenticate statutes and resolutions documents to aid the registration process. They were joined by RTN’s Chairman who will act as the legal representative of the organization following a requirement of the registration laws in Rwanda. This huge step now allows the network to officially start its operations and mandate in Africa. The network recognizes the major role funding and technical support; Telecentre.org Foundation has offered it since inception to this point.
Among the key highlights of the next plan of action include the following:
- Organize a Pan-African telecentre event at regional level as run up to the global forum and support national network to organize similar events at national level to create an interaction platform amongst telecentres practitioners and stakeholders in the ICT industry with notable presence of government’s participation.
- Organize and promote various webinars at regional level.
- Enhance the capacity building for National Network through use of already existing resources such as the Telecentre.org academy program, social entrepreneurship and other areas relating to emerging technologies such as web 2.0
- Pilot globally relevant initiatives such as the Telecentre Europe’s, Get online week in some Africa countries and encourage collaboration and networking with other regional networks.
- Support the growth and development of existing national networks as well as encourage the creation of more telecentres support networks.
- In partnership with the foundation organize resources mobilization event for Africa region.
- In partnership with Cisco, implement Cisco Academy in selected telecentres
- Encourage local and international volunteer program and placement at grassroots telecentres in Africa.