Following its recent win at the e-Asia Awards for the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy campaign last December 2011, Telecentre.org Foundation has garnered yet another prized distinction, this time for its Community Learning Program which has been declared a winner of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. The announcement, given by International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, was made yesterday, May 15, at the Opening Ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2012 event, which is taking place this week (May 14-18) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The prizes, which are being awarded for the first time this year, recognize excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in improving connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in line with the 11 Action Lines laid out in the Tunis Agenda agreed at the UN World Summit on the Information Society.
More than 170 projects from 50 countries were nominated and the Community Learning Program, which won under the category, "Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content," was not the only winner in the telecentre.org family. The Network for Information & Computer Technology in India was also recognized under the category of "ICT applications - e-Government" for its Samadhan project, which aims to establish citizen service centers in various parts of the country to service citizens living long distances away from villages/service blocks.
For a complete list of winners, click here.
Both Telecentre.org Foundation and NICT India will be formally presented with their awards later this week at the WSIS Summit so please keep visiting our site for more updates. Congratulations to our winners! And a big thank you in particular to the TCF Community Learning Coordinators and telecentre.org members for their continued efforts in helping this community grow and stay vibrant over the years. Well done, everyone!