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    needs a better sustainable financing strategy for its education system 11 07 2012 Ministers of Education and ICT from across Africa have called for a rethinking of the financing strategies adopted by their higher education institutions if the United Nations Millennium Developmental Goals are to be attained by 2015 more Related topics Development ICTs Africa Education Technology EU UNICEF project to use mobile technology for free registration at birth 10 07 2012 A new registration system in collaboration between European Union and UNESCO will make registration at birth free across eight countries This will enable use of efficient digital techniques and mobile technology which will also benefit people living in remote areas The project first of its kind will help create better links with health services more Related topics Development ICTs Mobiles Redefining education through tablets 09 07 2012 Tablets hold great promise in delivering education more effectively as they feature innovative hardware and also interactive content both of which are key to superior learning more Image Credits digitalLEARNING Use of ICT helps women suffering from domestic violence 06 07 2012 A project that provides online legal advice and digital trainings to Bolivian victims of domestic violence was praised in a recent publication of International Capacity Building Organisation PSO more Image Credits IICD Country focus State of ICT development in Tanzania 04 07 2012 Charles Fripp Consumer Tech Editor of IT News Africa outlines the scope and growth of ICT development in Tanzania which is also one of the top African countries with a high rate of internet penetration more Image Credits President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania Flickr USDA IT News Africa Using mobile phones to check traffic rule violations 03 07 2012 The Third Eye project initiated by Gurgaon Traffic Police India utilises innovative mobile phone application to capture

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    Info Spotlight Doctor on Call on your mobile phone now 30 12 2008 A first of its kind doctor on call service brings instant medical assistance to patients through the phone more Related topics ICTs Health New vistas for working women in India s IT industry 29 12 2008 By 2010 60 of graduates across Asia America and Europe will be women At its third annual IT Women Leadership Summit

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    Kumar IAS and Microsoft India s managing director Rajan Anandan signed the agreement in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Education Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil In a globalized world it s important for Indian youth to be familiar with the same tools and technologies that their peers around the world use IT education and access to the latest IT tools and software will go a long way towards giving them a competitive advantage We look forward to Microsoft s expertise in this area commented Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil The latest MoU is an extension of the previous agreement under which Microsoft had setup three state of the art IT academies in Pune Nagpur and Aurangabad Also it trained over 92 000 teachers who in turn impacted over 46 00 000 students in the state Under the new education alliance Microsoft will further train about 6000 teachers some 100 000 pre service teachers and also add three new IT academies in next two years The aim is to adopt ICT and bring in focus on employability and build capacity in the state Microsoft will provide training to the teachers and pre service teachers with a 10 day training module in a classroom setup and then each of the trained resources can then further build ICT readiness among others educators in the cluster The company will conduct over 200 sessions at the district level for offering training to 6000 resources In terms of building employability readiness amongst class 11 and 12 students Microsoft will initiate two key programs such as Live Edu initiative and DreamSpark According to Microsoft s Anandan the company will continue to invest in long term partnership with governments and NGOs in promoting ICT education in India Focusing on employability for students of class 11 and 12

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    Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press and International Development Research Centre 2009 Rich in practical experience this book narrates pioneering work in the field of telehealth in developing countries Cover page of the report Photo credit UN APCICT It describes progress on particular specialties such as teledermatology telepaediatrics telepathology telepsychiatry and e mental health in countries like China Pakistan Chechnya and Ecuador as well as accounts of linking with Italian expatriates and cross cultural experiences between the USA and Cambodia The task for every health care system is how to maximize the personal contact with the technical input while all the time operating within a sustainable financial framework Multiple solutions People working in developing countries have had to think about this task with even more urgency than those working in richer countries This included how to obtain an expert opinion in remote places how to support local clinics who may not have all the skills they need how to make sure technical information is interpreted wisely in very difficult circumstances and how best to use very scarce resources Telemedicine offers help in meeting these conflicting needs by improving access to data and to individuals while driving down the costs of

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    skills training centre in Lusaka Zambia In the Chawama Township based in an urban township of Lusaka the capital of Zambia most of the youths between 15 and 25 years old are unemployed and lack skills to generate their own sustainable livelihoods There is also low level of education Rampant employment among youth of Chawama Township was required So it was decided to come up with a skills training centre to give them life skills That would help them to get employment or be self employed The activities of the Chawama Skills Training Centre CSTC are two fold namely a training centre and a production centre With IICD support an ICT skills training facility was added A major first challenge was the installation of the equipment and the dial up internet connection through a landline Another challenge was the lack of capital This project focused on three components Improvement of livelihoods especially of the youth and women in Chawama Township Improvement of information access for the Chawama Township Enhancement of services offered by CYP The skills of the CYP staff in audio and video recording were enhanced and assistance was offered for the marketing of the music under CYP s own label CYPRO Records At another level information provision for community members improved with the introduction of an information resource centre internet café for the general public CYP also started ICT training at their centre for students and community members of the Chawama Township The lessons learned During the past three years CYP highlights a number of lessons that they learned namely The internet café has become very important for attracting additional clients Clients become interested in buying other goods and services while they visit the internet café A school manager who visited the internet café ordered 50 desks for

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    Zambia s advancement in technologies has not come without challenges It is not a deniable fact that technology like internet has been abused Let s use internet to build the nation and not destroying it We are challenging ZICTA to look at ways of strengthening laws to protect technologies ZICTA should immediately revise laws to protect not only the country but victims who have been abused he said Mr Malupenga who is in coming chairperson of national Information For All Programme IFAP committee was speaking during IFAD workshop aimed at preparing a strategic plan and launch of its website The four day workshop which drew participants from various sectors was aimed at providing strategic direction to IFAD as well as achievable and measurable targets for the coming years Mr Malupenga said the Government had adopted United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organisation UNESCO initiative dubbed IFAD to enhance access to information for every citizen The initiative was spearheaded by Zambia National Commission for UNESCO which received both financial and technical support from UNESCO Paris office as well as the cluster office in Zimbabwe Mr Malupenga said the objective of the programme was aimed at promoting international reflection and debate on ethical legal and societal challenges of information society It would also promote and widen the access to information in the public domain through organisation digitalisation and preservation of information I observe with delight that the said objectives are in line with Government s policy to ensure public access to information for a well informed society he said He said the objectives were in tandem with the digital migration agenda which Government had embarked upon as prescribed by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union ITU He said the establishment of a multi stakeholder national committee to spearhead implementation of IFAD activities

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    Six months ago each student here was given these robust XO computers by Open Learning Nepal with support from a Danish group Teachers are being trained to provide computer based exercises Image credits Steve Malloch Children with their laptops in class Active English verbs are on the menu for today s English lesson in grade two Walking dancing singing it says on the black board The children are busy constructing sentences on the computer The right answers are rewarded with a happy beep Before I only had my textbook but now I have many more opportunities in my teaching says teacher Pawan KC the computer helps the children improve pronunciation The break bell rings again But not all the students rush out Marita Shrestha in class six turns on her computer She tells us The computer has sound and pictures and if I make a mistake I can correct it immediately Before I only had my textbook but now I have many more opportunities in my teaching The computer helps the children improve pronunciation For Rabi Karmacharya of Open Learning Nepal internet and computer based education is less about gadgets and more about quality education Learning can be more fun and interactive he explains There s also an aspect of self learning and self evaluation and the children can take the computer home Nepal s spending on education today is an average of Rs 3 000 per child and many argue that schools need text books furniture and roofs not computers Karmacharya argues that it s not a question of either or If we believe that education leads to positive development then we have to invest in better education If the benefits match the expenses then I am confident that we can find the means to continue he says The

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    government of Uganda has launched a project in which health centres will have technology laboratories that will facilitate diagnosis and prescription of treatment for patients without them having to come to a particular health center The project under the Uganda Communication Development Fund of the Uganda Communications Commission will see health centres across the country fitted with computers digital cameras scanners and other gadgets This will allow doctors to diagnose and prescribe treatment to patients in other health centers Bob Lyazi the manager of the UCDF project stated that the project will help to improve health service delivery in the country by allowing the effective utilisation of available health specialists with online diagnosis and prescription He says the government is planning to install the telemedicine facility in different health centers across the country The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Dr Ham Mulira who launched the telemedicine project said that the government will continue to use information and communication technologies to better the lives of Ugandans Dr Mulira says that with the telemedicine facility available in many health centers across the country Ugandan patients with ailments for which treatment was not possible locally will be able to receive diagnosis and

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