Response to Moses and Andrius
- Dear Moses and All,It's fantastic to read about your wonderful endeavors with regards to ICTs in Zambia, and I'm delighted that you know something abt the World Bank-Rotary project! Are you part of it now, or would you like to have a link to it? I can hook you up with the person at the WB who is designing it, if you like. There is some great material I've gathered which I'll be happy to share, and some of my own Zambian contacts.I'd like to hear more about Schoolnet Zambia, and what you are doing in that project too. It would be good to connect with Sam in Kenya, with Actwid Kongadzem in Cameroon, and others here who may benefit from the ICTs discussion, and also community currencies discussion, in the African context.With many thanks and looking forward to hearing more, sharing, and learning together! All best wishes, Janet
I am well thank you. I have not been contributing to the list but
please be assured that I have been following the mail.
In addition to my fulltime job in a public and busy office, In a
small way, I have continued exploring ways in which ICTs can add
value and improve the living standards of people in Zambia. Yes
issues of education and ICT literacy are still key to this. I
therefore have continued to promote SchoolNet Zambia. A number of
schools now have computers but we still face the challenge of
ensuring that the computers in these schools are utilised. On the OSS
in schools and colleges, I have now acquired about 30 computers for a
government college in Lusaka, which I would like to set up as a
Zambia Open Source Software best practices centre not only for
learning institutions but also for the business community, possibly
to come and see and experience Open Source Software. I see this
centre also acting as a repository to enable those interested but
without Internet connectivity to come and get a copy from the centre.
I have also continued with the eBrain Forum of Zambia advocating and
lobbying for awareness raising in communities and promoting ICT
information and knowledge sharing. There are challenges there to do
with volunteerism vs. making money. It has been very interesting that
you organise people to offer their time to help in communities but
along the way, people expect to see opportunities where they can make
money for themselves. As an NGO, how can you approach this? I have
not carefully followed the concept of community currency but I wonder
how this could relate to the volunteerism challenge?
I have also been involved with youth community projects and lately,
have been very much attracted to a Youth HIV/Aids ICT and
entrepreneurship project whose aim is to train about 200 out of
employment youth in ICT and entrepreneurship skills with a view to
enabling these youth to apply the skills in the areas of HIV/Aids.
This is the project being supported by the Rotary that Janet Feldman
talked about in her email.