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    July 2012 This opinion piece by Godfrey Chitalu talks about adapting to solar power in Zambian towns and villages which lacks access to conventional electricity According to him cell phone companies should invest in renewable energy sources which involves use of solar power units This could go a long way in alleviating problems encountered by rural cell phone subscribers When I met 30 year old Pythius Lubinda at Bina Business Centre BBC in the heart of Mumbwa town little did I suspect that he had once walked 30 km just to come and charge his newly acquired mobile phone Few months ago excited by my new gadget I was disturbed when the battery suddenly went flat My village mates advised me to go to town and have it charged at ZK2 000 That is how I embarked on an unforgettable 60 km return trip on foot For town dwellers with access to electricity this might sound quite unrealistic but not so for Lubinda Buoyed by community members an encouraging wife and zeal associated with owning a new phone the trip became a necessity What is good about a dead phone He asked in apparent reference to what prompted the walk

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    to the Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU when privatisation was taking place and the government decided to reserve one frequency for the social sector They were afraid of giving it to the communities so they said let us reserve it for education so that is how IGNOU got 40 radio stations I was able to start the first radio station in Allahabad on November 7 2001 but unfortunately I left in 2003 and the way in which I visualised the educational radio channel did not happen I wanted it to be a decentralised one with every centre having its own committee deciding content I saw it this way local content local school colleges and local NGOs making use of the radio station It has somehow become IGNOU centric So it is a failure to me Educational radio channel is a failure because of lack of initiative lack of innovation and lack of dedication That is why I was thinking of starting a community radio channel because when one of the ministers of Information and Broadcasting saw four different languages four different cultures were being projected through the educational channel she told the minister of Human Resources Development that if this is good to be the role of educational radio I don t mind giving you frequencies to all colleges and universities to start a radio station So that s how it started Seeing the success of the first few Gyanvani radio stations made them give low power radio transmitters to all other educational institutions that is why the first campus community radio policy came into being in 2002 The guidelines were first notified in 2003 and we framed an application form I was one of the parties to develop the form and they said don t ask any questions

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    as a tool to monitor report and critique corporate and state behaviour It also examines the problematic connections between ICT companies and countries seeking to control their citizens and the implications for a robust public sphere both online and offline The International Telecommunications Union estimates that now one third of the world s 7 billion people are online and that 17 per cent are mobile web users The Internet is of increasing importance in the lives of youth with 45 per cent of global users under 25 How Internet governance develops nationally and internationally will impact profoundly the online freedom of assembly and speech of people everywhere Digital Activism Then and Now In May 1998 the World Trade Organization WTO held its Second Ministerial Conference in Geneva an occasion that also marked 50 years since the founding of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade GATT The event however would be remembered for an anti globalization demonstration by ten thousand people from all over the world the first of a series of such demonstrations My exploration of the role new Internet enabled communication played in the protest s organization led to an UNRISD Discussion Paper Internetworking for Social Change Keeping

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    critical importance for the quality and relevance of education at all levels and to the high status of the teaching profession itself For quality teaching to materialize in the 21st century we in UNESCO IICBA believe that there is a need for teacher education programs to work towards high standards in terms of the pedagogical integration of ICTs UNESCO isn t the only group working across Africa in this area but its global ICT teacher competency framework and standards have provided the general direction for many related activities The World Bank for example has supported training for teachers in countries such as Tanzania Nigeria and The Gambia based on the UNESCO framework and groups such as GeSCI have explored how the high level UNESCO framework can be contextualized for use in places like Nigeria pdf just one of numerous activities it has sponsored looking at the use of ICTs in teaching and learning in Africa pdf more generally The ICT enhanced teacher standards for Africa released by UNESCO IICBA which are an attempt to help contextualize the broader UNESCO framework and standards based on specific needs and contexts expressed by education policymakers from across Africa are organized around six broad standards or domains meant to help develop related skills in teachers as they i Engage in Instructional Design Processes ii Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning Innovation and Creativity iii Create and Manage Effective Learning Environments iv Engage in Assessment and Communication of Student Learning v Engage in Professional Development and Model Ethical Responsibilities vi Understand Subject Matter for Use in Teaching This publication was preceded by a related paper from UNESCO IICBA ICT enhanced Teacher Development Mode pdf and was informed by a related needs assessment that looked particular at teacher training institutes and eight key recommendations that emerged from a five year project under the Pan Afrcan Observatory Develop a national policy for the pedagogical integration of ICT Develop a national policy for teacher training in the pedagogical integration of ICT Provide ongoing training for school staff Develop technopedagogical resource banks for different education levels Set up incentive plans for teachers and students to use ICT Set up spaces for collaborative dialogue e g forums annual conferences on the pedagogical integration of ICT Identify the academic competencies to which ICT can be applied for teaching and learning Establish public private partnerships No doubt some people will question some of these recommendations and may take issue with the some of the specific components of the new UNESCO IICBA standards that were developed as a result Fair enough Related debate is expected and even encouraged Rather than offer a last word in these areas it is hoped that the articulation and publication of these standards will represent a common starting point for further dialogue and activity in this area Coming as a result of such a lengthy process of inquiry reflection and consultation and just as a few countries are in the early stages of discussion and implementation of some sizable

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    than men to own a mobile leaving an estimated 300 million excluded from the social and economic opportunities that owning one might bring If mobile phones do increase opportunity then right now they re not increasing it for everyone Closing this mobile gender gap doesn t just make sense for women it s also an opportunity believed to be worth a staggering 13 billion to network operators annually Empowering girls and women has long been a focus for the development community and it s easy to see why In Sub Saharan Africa women produce 80 of household food and when educated women run family farms they re able to increase yields by up to 20 Research also suggests that increasing the earning power of women has additional benefits for the entire family through improvements in health education and child nutrition And when educated girls start earning an income 90 of it is put straight back into their families The number is nearer 40 for men Yet despite all this in many parts of the world women are more likely to go hungry than men the number of girls out of school almost universally exceeds the number of boys and in the case of Sub Saharan Africa women own only 1 of the land Whilst the introduction of the mobile phone alone is unlikely to solve any of these problems directly targeted interventions can Defining this opportunity is crucial according to Mobile Value Added Services A Business Growth Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs a new report released today by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women with support from the ExxonMobil Foundation This milestone study is a major step for the Foundation which tasks itself with helping women entrepreneurs across Africa South East Asia and the Middle East as it seeks to leverage

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    conceived under the State 100 Days Action Plan Using integrated mobile and information technology it succeeded in pro actively informing pensioners from socially disadvantaged categories and facilitated timely payment to them more Image Credits Tanmay Kumar ICTs benefit rural China 25 02 2010 Cheng Donghong and Jia Hepeng look at China s efforts at balancing ICT growth for corporate profit along with meeting socially responsible goals more Image Credits Image Credits Flickr Helga s Lobster Stew ICTs are growing at breakneck speed in China Related topics Development ICTs Common problems shared solutions 05 02 2010 New technology and better communications will help innovation to drive development and arrive at common solutions to common problems say Gordon Conway and Jeff Waage more Image Credits Image credits Flickr IRRI Images Scientists must be empowered to work on innovation for development Related topics Science and Technology ICTs Innovations Tapping a billion plus people 02 02 2010 R S Sharma Director General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India shares the work in progress on the massive UID scheme in an interview with eGov magazine more Related topics Infrastructure Governance Innovations Real world contentions spill on to the net 25 01 2010 The Google episode in China is an indication that cyberspace may soon become the next war arena in the fight for basic human freedoms observes John Noughton more Image Credits Jason Lee Reuters A Chinese Google user with a bouquet of flowers at the Google China headquarters in Beijing Related topics Human Rights Corruption and transparency Internet Governance Expanding human learning through technology 08 01 2010 ICTs in Education policies and clear implementation strategies is the need of the hour if we wish to achieve the goal of universal education says Prof Asha Kanwar Vice President Commonwealth of Learning

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    and the birds and bees Of late mobile phones have been blamed for a significant decline in populations of bees and birds especially sparrows b Ken Banks b tries to find out if Related topics regions Environment ICTs Research Offset your carbon footprint with your mobile b Ambrish Bakaya b Director Corporate Affairs Nokia India Pvt Ltd speaks to Ayeshea Perera from i Mint i on the Eco zone project that attempts to Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations ICTs for environment action ITU publication b i ICTs for e Environment Guidelines for Developing Countries with a Focus on Climate Change i b provides an overview of the impact of Related topics regions Environment ICTs Spamming the earth with GHGs A new research has highlighted the importance of stopping spam as it produces greenhouse gases that harms the planet Related topics regions Environment Internet Smart sensing the environment ICT innovation is a key element to spur green growth by improving environmental performance and addressing climate change across economies The report Related topics regions Environment Technology Innovations India s national capital gets first e courtroom The High Court in the Indian capital has gone eco friendly by replacing paper files with a touchscreen handbook and an LCD screen The initiative Related topics regions Environment India Governance Digital Singapore to get weather updates on mobile A new weather service developed by Singapore s National Environment Agency will provide information on changing weather patterns and pollution levels The Related topics regions Environment Information ICTs EpiCollect for citizen scientists A new software developed for smart phones will allow scientist and researchers to collate and analyse data through a central web based database in real time Related topics regions Environment Information Science and Technology Research NASA and others seek ways to save forests Space agencies governments and Google Inc have entered in a new partnership to save the forests in tropical countries Satellite images received via Google Related topics regions Environment Climate Change Science and Technology Information Embrace the digital age ICT minister urges Ugandans Uganda s minister for Information and Communication Technologies Ruhakana Rugunda wants Ugandans to go digital by fully adopting paperless communication in Related topics regions Environment Technology ICTs Africa Sustainable ICT for education b i Sustainable ICT in Further and Higher Education i b is the final report of the SusteIT project that analyses and develops best practice cases and Related topics regions Environment Education ICTs Green tyres for smarter fuel economy A range of green automobile tyres will soon be launched to boost mileage and reduce pollution created by friction of rolling tyres New materials like nanogel Related topics regions Environment Technology Innovations Indian capital to tackle e waste The second largest producing state of e waste in the country is slated to go green A new recycling plant in Roorkee will soon set up collection centres for Related topics regions Environment ICTs UNDP s Himalayan Meltdown wins top prize at International Film Festival i b Revealed The Himalayan Meltdown

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    ICTs Disaster Management Offset your carbon footprint with your mobile 15 05 2009 Ambrish Bakaya Director Corporate Affairs Nokia India Pvt Ltd speaks to Ayeshea Perera from Mint on the Eco zone project that attempts to encourage handset users to be more environmentally aware more Related topics Environment ICTs Innovations How nanotech can meet the poor s water needs 11 05 2009 Nanotechnology holds huge potential for supplying clean water to the world s poor but many challenges must be overcome to realise it David Dickson is optimistic that science will rise above these hurdles to pioneer a new paradigm in using technology for development more Image Credits World Bank Nanotech can help deliver clean water to the world s poor Related topics Science and Technology Poverty Water and Sanitation Sustainable Open Source Solutions for Africa Myth or Reality 01 05 2009 Open Virtual Learning Environments VLEs are gaining popularity as an apt eLearning framework for African universities At eLA 2009 Open Educational Resource advocates Felix Olakulehin Romaric Sagbo and Nicholas MacGowan von Holstein will discuss its benefits vis à vis its practicability and sustainability more Related topics Information Education Mobile phones and the birds and bees 27 04 2009 Of late mobile phones have been blamed for a significant decline in populations of bees and birds especially sparrows Ken Banks tries to find out if there is any connection here more Image Credits BBC News In the past thirty years the number of sparrows in Britain has fallen by half Related topics Environment ICTs Research Wired to Unwired 21 04 2009 Every year one billion new mobile phones are sold Jack Rowley talks about the connected world and how this indicator of development contributes to global warming more Image Credits egov Jack Rowley Related topics Environment ICTs Users can

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