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Marrying FOSS with math, South African teachers find useful skill upgrade

GOA, INDIA 1 September 2006 (APCNews)

Community Education Computer Society has been working on a project for an ICT training course for ‘computer literate’ high-school mathematics teachers, in Gauteng, South Africa. APC member CECS is itself an ICT training organisation, established in 1985. A pilot workshop took place on May 13, 2006. "I learned about techniques in drawing question papers, techniques I never knew existed," said one participant teacher.

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Bitter-sweet: mixed feelings about working to Indian language solutions

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 September 2006 (APCNews)

Unlike its parent-organisation, the New Delhi-based Sarai.net is young, full of ideas and peppy. Not that the institution it grew out of is not full of ideas; but it has an old-world air about it, while Sarai fits in with the trendy, cyber-generation in an unusual way. APCNews met with Ravikant from Sarai.net to discuss localisation issues.

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Kenya wins fight to delay regional telecoms project

NAIROBI, Kenia

An article on EASSy just came out on the Daily Nation online on August 31, signed James Mugendi. Here is the link:
http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=3&newsid=80383

Training and social journalism, tools for change

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES 31 August 2006 (APCNews)

Nodo TAU, APC’s member in Rosario, Argentina, adapts and applies Paolo Freire’s model of popular education to the work it does providing training for new information and communication technologies. The blackboard and chalk made room for a monitor and a mouse, but the underlying principle is the same: learners are their own vehicles for change.

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Computing workshops with neighbours to bridge the digital divide in Rosario

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA 31 August 2006 (Nodo TAU)

For a second year in a row, the neighbours of the western area of the city are participating in computing workshops. Within the framework of this initiative that arises from the participatory budget, 800 people were trained last year and the objective is to reach over 1500 neighbours this year. The municipal government adopts an approach “from the perspective of human rights, popular participation and a greater democratization of society.” The Nodo Tau civil association [APC member] was once again called on to train the trainers from the perspective of popular education.

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Alcatel bags EASSy tender, all eyes watch over who really won

GOA, INDIA 31 August 2006 (APCNews)

French telco giant Alcatel has bagged the tender for the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, an initiative to connect countries along the eastern coast of Africa, via a high bandwidth fibre optic cable system to the rest of the world. It is considered a milestone in the development of information infrastructure in the region. But what is really happening on the ground to make sure the important ‘open access model’ is implemented?

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Building a vulnerable children's service in Nigeria

GOA, INDIA 29 August 2006 (APCNews)

APC’s member in Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has launched a vulnerable children’s service as part of its rural HIV/AIDS programme. This innovative project is meant to tackle prevention gaps head-on, with the help of multimedia.

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Chris Nichol: A man who made a difference

IRELAND 27 August 2006 (Maud Hand)

“If you don’t try, you can’t complain,” said Chris Nichol the first time I interviewed him at a preparatory conference for the World Summit on the Information Society in February 2003. Chris was one of the many APC members I engaged with as a WSIS virgin tasked with the job of communicating the process in a web-friendly way for the organization.

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APC launches new international free software prize

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 25 August 2006 (APCNews)

A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, was launched on Friday August 25 in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS).

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APC launches new international free software prize

25 August 2006
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 25 August 2006 () -

A new prize, the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize, will be launched on Friday in Mexico City. The biennial $4,000 USD prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make it easy for ordinary computer users to start using free and open source software (FOSS).
There IS a cost to free and open source software

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