ICT for development
Access remains one of the greatest challenges facing the internet community in the developing world. The Nominet judges believe that the work of Computer Aid epitomizes what their access category represents. Computer Aid has enabled thousands of people in developing countries, who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity, to access to the internet. Computer Aid’s partners are also able to provide training, capacity building and routine maintenance, to ensure that the use of equipment is maximized.
Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of APC, delivered a keynote address at the opening of the conference on Web2fordev at the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy in late September. Her ideas around participatory web for development were reported on in the Web2fordev blog.
Citizens in China and Europe from the academia, NGO, companies, government met in Liège (Belgium) to exchange perspectives and discuss on the topic of Information Society and the Internet in China and Europe. The workshop on “IT systems on the age of the Internet” (4-5 October) was the first step of the China-Europe Forum (6-7 October).
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and with other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been continuing advocacy with the Government for a long time to open up the Community Radio in Bangladesh.
ICTs, Training help children to access information world
"Information at your finger tips"
ICTs, under the motto "Information at your finger tips", is a promising programme that would work as bridge for children in (SCT) Salamieh Community Telecentre, to communicate with other children in the world.
It helps enriching them with necessary knowledge station and sense of creativity . It is by far, a way to materialize their dreams and enables them pass the threshold of global horizons.
Salamieh Community Telecentre, through its Communication and Information Sector, is therefore actively assisting children and young people to produce information themselves by supporting children media, and facilitating them create information.
Training was conducted at the Strategic ICT programme for socio-economic development , ReefNet-Syria by Salamieh Community Telecentre – Syria – as part of education programme for children which was developed with the collaboration with the UNDP and the Ministry of Communication and Technology in Syria.
The two-month training period in computer, English and French language was dedicated to help children to access information world. The children were enthusiastic to investigate world of information .
We should not forget our great scientist Stephen Hawking is a disable person, but he overcame all the disabilities by ICT as well as his strong determination to live long for science. Many people do not know an Indian software designer developed his software, which is providing him a big help. Persons with disability can overcome their every sort of limitation via ICTs. The traditional assumption info-tech is only for some educated and physically capable people became wrong. Many researches and experiments have proved that by the blessing of IT we can empower disable persons. It does not a matter whether they are blind or suffering for other physical impairments.
ICTs for Rural Women Empowerment
Hand in hand with success makers
Salamieh Community Telecentre main target is to spread computer literacy among young women and to bridge the gap between the economy and the information sector. Also the Telecentre is implementing maximal use of computer technologies to promote and build young women capacities and enable them find job opportunities in a challenging women – power market .
These ICTs letters shed light on part of our efforts in this domain and focus on the critical importance of ICTs Programme .
We hope our young women might be inspired to take the first step to make success and bright future. The following stories are authentic .They were sent from our students who could get job opportunities and become more competent and qualified .
SURE, IT WAS A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT.
It’s time for ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’, ‘UNDP’ and ‘SFCT’ to review their methods of award distribution. We believe these awards are a great way to encourage the real practitioners but if unwillingly misused, it might damage their own image. If the awarding agencies do not have enough human resource to physically verify finalist projects by themselves, they could ask support from other international agencies e.g. One World South Asia, AMARC, GKP, IDRC, Telecenter.org, APC and UNDP –Bangladesh.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) should be used strategically and optimistically for empowering the poor especially for the vulnerable people of coastal area, said Syed Marghub Murshed, former Secretary, government of Bangladesh.