Using ICT4D and peace biulding .
- Hello All,
Today i had opportunity to meet Ken Owino in Nairobi.I had flown in
from Nyanza province since I couldnt use road transport due to the
violence .I have also kept abreas with the efforts to try restore
peace and sanity in our beloved Kenya , which alas, we are
To you actively involved in the pyramid of peace, i sa God Bless.
We are set to have a meeting with David Mutua and Ken Owino this
evening .Our first ever meeting with Dave and my second with Ken .
I am in Nairobi upon invitation by The Africa Centre for Women ,
Informations Communications Technology (ACWICT), to help jumptsart a
Telecentre they are establishing in Baringo Koibatek.This is
because of the sucesses me and Sam Kongere have had in the
establishment and running Tom Mboya Community Technology Learning
Centre in Mbita -Nyanza Province .
my terms are helping the management of the Saboti farmers
Cooperative Society,which is partnering with ACWICT manage the
Telecentre on behalf of the community on a social enterprise
This will involve localising the digital literacy course (the
centre should also provide training ),reviewing of the ICT
appreciation manual,develop a business plan for the
Telecentre.Planing the logistics and recruitment of a community
content developer etc.
Already we have the challange of violence and peace
buildingprocess which i think will be part of the curriculum when
developing the digital literacy powerpoint slides. the training
will be on task based approach with the view of the critical mass,
while we must work to have the beneficiaries feel secure in belief
that not only will the services continue to be available, but also
relevant and reliable .
Baringo is one of the trouble spots.Luckily,the Telecentre has not
been vandalised,perhaps due to the fact that it is owned by local
farmers(a milk cooling point)This is a good entry point to provide
civic education, infuse peace messages while using ICT.
Lucikly, the communications commissions of Kenya provided a V-Sat
as part of the ict infrastructure ,But alas with only 4
computers for training and browsing. my business idea is to have
the facility have adequate telecommunication infrastructure,provide
relevant ICT skills ,and have someone to professionally run the
Now can anyone out there help develop some content that is peace
sensitive ,may be using the rwanda genocide and even some of
the pictures the POP leaders have.This could go a long way in
pacifying the people .
I also have an idea of using Radio by forming listening groups
form among the youth who are most active in these skirmishes, to
carry out civic education. The thing is to purchase some Radios
to various youth groups,get some programme aired in the Radio
station and have people meet 'on air' at group level. so as to
reach out to each other. This would require some Airtime to the
peace Groups(POP listening Groups) to call the Radio stations which
would act as moderators, but the call would have not to be real
time since some censorship would be necessary so that a group
does not scuttle the process.
Tell me what you feel?