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Kenyan youths take on net skills

LONDON, UK 31 May 2005 (BBC News)

"A project offering business skills to impoverished Kenyan youths has been recognised with a prestigious award. Computer and software skills play a key part of the training," says the BBC in this report on the APC Hafkin Prize winner just announced on May 26.

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2005 APC Hafkin Prize winner trains Kenyan youth for business opportunities

26 May 2005
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 26 May 2005 () -

For young people living in poverty in coastal Kenya, surfing the Style information: APC uses “internet” with a small “i” in all languages.

Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org“>internet and learning how to use computers make most sense when these skills mean better economic opportunities and work-readiness.

THE WINNER OF THE APC AFRICA HAFKIN COMMUNICATIONS PRIZE 2004-5: Global Education Partnership - Wundanyi, Kenya

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 26 May 2005 (APC)

For young people living in poverty in coastal Kenya, surfing the internet and learning how to use computers make most sense when these skills mean better economic opportunities and work-readiness. In recognition of this, APC announced on May 26 that the winner of the APC Africa Hafkin Communications Prize for 2004-5 is the Global Education Partnership – Wundanyi in Kenya.

"If it were not for GEP, I would not have learned to use a computer," Jostinah Wawasi, a former GEP student told APC. "After GEP I joined a local university and majored in Economics. As a young woman living in Wundanyi, Kenya, this was not a usual career. My GEP experience helped me understand my talents and abilities. After graduation, I became a consultant in Wundanyi for a major agriculture project where I have helped my community members to set up savings and credit societies."

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From India, hackers look at another freedom... to collaborate

GOA, INDIA 25 May 2005 (APCNews)

Free software offers various ‘freedoms’. But in India, enthusiasts are working on a new one — the freedom to build bridges to potential partners from half-way across the globe, and facing similar developmental concerns or challenges.

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GEM sparkles among IT4D practitioners in Cairo

24 May 2005 (APC WNSP)

Where does gender intersect with information and communication technologies (ICTs)? Such issues are far less theoretical and abstract than they first seem, if you go by how participants responded at a Cairo workshop on a methodology called GEM. A report from APC WNSP.

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FOSS in Upper Egypt: virgin territory

GOA, INDIA 24 May 2005 (APCNews)

APC members in Cairo, ArabDev (http://www.arabdev.org) is taking Free and Open Source Software to the disadvantaged south of Egypt. Students ask "who and how" made the software programmes. When shown a long list of names, they ask, "All these?" Thinking of programmers as normal people, not masters of some secret magical lore, could make a differnce to the thinking of these citizens of tomorrow.

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Training the trainers, Nodo TAU seeks to surf over Argentinian challenge

GOA, INDIA 19 May 2005 (APCNews)

Rosario — one of Argentina’s three most-populous cities — sees computer literacy as its citizens’ passport to accessing the job-market. Residents of its western district voted to finance a computer training project, and APC member Nodo TAU was handed the challenge of training the trainers.

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APC-linked Multimedia Training Kit found "meeting unmet need"

GOA, INDIA 12 May 2005 (APCNews)

First released two years ago, a toolkit created by a partnership initiative led by UNESCO and coordinated by APC, has been found useful in "meeting a previously unmet need" by 87.4% of users questioned. It focusses on the needs of those working in grass-roots communication and information activities.

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In more ways than one, ICTs do help to harm women

GOA, INDIA 10 May 2005 (APCNews)

By itself, the internet itself isn’t creating new forms of crimes against women and children. But, it is sure generating powerful new ways and means for these crimes to be perpetrated. Women’s movements are now having to deal with the issue of cyber-stalking, pornography on the internet, SMS harassment, and what one research paper calls ‘teledildonics’. Can the intersection point between ICTs and violence against women be redefined, or at least better understood? Join this three-week online discussion — which runs from May 29 to June 12 — began on organised by the APC womens’ programme to find out…— APC WNSP

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Job opening: Information and content facilitator for the APC Latin American and Caribbean ICT Policy Monitor

QUITO, ECUADOR 5 May 2005 (APC)

APC is seeking an information and content facilitator to manage APC’s Latin American and Caribbean policy website and newsletter. The successful candidate will be based in the region and work with APC members and other groups and experts on ICT policy issues. Deadline for applications: May 31 2005.

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