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Title: Building local capacity to help bridge the global digital divide for our children and for our future


1
  • Building local capacity to help bridge the global
    digital divide for our children and for our
    future
  • One of six, international educational NGOs
  • selected to participate in the global
  • ICT pilot initiatives of the World
  • Economic Forum.

2
Mission
  • To act as a partner in helping bridge the global
    digital divide for youth, promoting cultural
    understanding between students in developed and
    developing countries, and building local capacity
    for the use of information and communication
    technology in education.

3
About WCE
  • WCE has shipped 10,104 computers valued at
    2,848,550 in 38 shipments to connect 1,052
    schools with 400,560 students in 23 countries
  • 211 formal partner organisations in 49 countries
  • 55 Programme Officers for countries and teams of
    online support volunteers in technology,
    telecenter management content
  • Volunteers gathering computers in 35 cities in
    Europe and North America
  • Works with DANIDA, Ireland, Peace Corps, UNDP,
    UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID World Economic Forum

4
Services
  • Capacity Building WCE provides Programme
    Officers and online support volunteers in
    technology, content, and telecenter management to
    help partners, schools, and centres draft and
    implement sustainable plans to prepare and
    network schools, train teachers, maintain
    computers and networks, and encourage them to
    develop, adapt share local content
  • Computers WCE sources donated working
    computers, networking gear, and software in North
    America and Europe to be used to connect poor
    youth to the Internet years faster than
    otherwise possible
  • Cultural Exchanges WCE brokers sister-school
    partnerships, online tech and website development
    among students, and visits by "Internet
    Ambassadors" to exchange training for better
    understanding of others

5
Approach
  • Help 211 NGO, business, and government partners
    in 49 countries find ways to make Internet access
    for youth sustainable
  • Use WCE's Programme Officers, teams of online
    support volunteers in technology, telecentre
    -management and content 20 global strategic
    allies to leverage resources and services for our
    partners
  • Act as a quiet, respectful, and transparent
    broker helping partners to build capacity to get
    poor youth connected to the Internet

6
Partner Requirements
  • Commit that the primary use of most of the
    donated computers is to connect poor youth to the
    Internet
  • Present a sustainable implementation plan that
    shows capacity and a draft list of interested
    schools centres
  • Pay WCE's sourcing and administrative cost of
    57.50 per Pentium and/or 40 per Power Mac plus
    shipping
  • Agree to final disposal of equipment in a way
    that minimizes damage to the environment

7
Schools/Centres
  • Be recruited by NGO or government ministry or
    business partner that plans, trains, installs
    monitors
  • Agree to protect, maintain, and connect computers
    to the Internet for poor youth (charging fees for
    adult use after school is good)
  • Help youth in your school/centre to partner with
    more experienced sister-school, file semi-annual
    reports, and develop a cultural and historical
    website

8
49 Countries with WCE Partners
  • Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bénin, Bhutan,
    Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon,
    Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo,
    Ecuador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea,
    Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Lithuania,
    Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico,
    Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria,
    Pakistan, Paraguay, Perú, Philippines, Rwanda,
    Sénégal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka,
    Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam,
    Zambia, and Zimbabwe

9
Container Contents
  • 220 (20-foot) or 430 (40-foot) used Pentium
    and/or Power Mac desktops laptops including
    color monitor, mouse, keyboard, and US-style
    power cords
  • Networking gear, parts, speakers, 110 volt
    printers (one for each ten computers), hubs,
    scanners, and software from donor companies
    individuals
  • Partner provides duty waiver, 220 volt
    transformers for printers and peripherals,
    appropriate wall plugs, local software
    installation, and delivery to schools

10
Ongoing Evaluation
  • For three years after the computers arrive,
    WCE gathers and posts data and pictures on their
    status, use, and impact
  • Each partner is expected to visit each school
    once a year
  • Students in each school report to WCE online each
    year
  • WCE volunteers and staff visit partners and some
    schools
  • Partners write summary report once a year

11
Requests of Businesses
  • Donate working Pentium and Power Mac desktops and
    laptops and network gear, parts, software, and
    peripherals
  • Encourage employees to donate their computers,
    volunteer to consult online or to visit to train,
    network, maintain computers in local schools
  • Sponsor all or part of a container shipment
    and/or provide one-time financial grant directly
    to one of our partners for training and initial
    electrical and networking equipment

12
Working With Recycling Centers
  • Total Reclaim in Seattle - we test selected
    computers in their stream for us to ship - we pay
    some salary and for forklift and other services
    and they let us accept, test and palletize in
    their facility.
  • Anything IT in New Jersey - we refer companies to
    each other when our cold calls show the other is
    a better fit - we present each other as resources
    to our sources and refer our partners who want
    high-end CPUs.
  • ElectroniCycle in Massachusetts and Computer
    Recycling Center in California - we pay them for
    pieces of equipment that we have not gotten from
    donors for our container shipments from our
    offices in their areas.

13
African Recycling Pilot
  • Working with UNESCO, U. N. Environment Program,
    environmentalists, Yale Recycling, University of
    Dakar, Computer Aid International, and American
    Retroworks.
  • Developing a "how-to" manual for operating a
    sustainable recycling centre in Africa.
  • Seeking funding to pilot such a recycling center
    in Sénégal.
  • Looking for others interested in working with us
    on this.

14
Universities Assumptions
  • We have learned about the potential of university
    involvement in ICT in education by working with
    university partners in Bolivia, Georgia, Viet
    Nam, and Bangladesh
  • It is valuable to have universities in Africa
    increase their direct involvement in solving
    todays issues
  • It is valuable to build the capacity at
    interested universities in the area of ICT in
    education so they can build this capacity in
    schools in their areas
  • We have recruited a consortium with the skills to
    respond to needs of universities in teacher
    training, evaluation, local content development,
    telecentre management, tech support, and
    environmentally appropriate disposal

15
African Universities Initiative
  • Universities in developing countries adopt 5
    capacity building roles related to neighboring
    primary and secondary schools (developed as part
    of Global Digital Divide Initiative of the World
    Economic Forum)
  • Computer and network maintenance by tech students
  • Teacher training in instructional use of the
    Internet
  • Development, adaptation, and sharing of local
    content
  • Business support for local telecenters-in-schools
  • Environmentally appropriate dismantling of dead
    computers

16
AUI Universities
  • D. R. Congo Univ. Of Lubumbashi at Mbuji Mayi
  • Ghana Univ. Of Education at Winneba
  • Kenya Jomo Kenyatta Univ. Of Agriculture Tech.
  • Malawi Univ. Of Malawi, Chancellor College
  • Mozambique Eduardo Mondlane University
  • Nigeria University of Nigeria at Nsuakku
  • Senegal Universite Cheike Anta Diop
  • Togo lUniversite de Lome
  • Uganda Makere University
  • Zambia University of Zambia
  • Maybe National University of Rwanda

17
AUI Consortium
  • AfricaNetwork of US universities
  • Centre for Democracy Development, Nigeria
  • International Technologies Group, Harvard
  • iEARN in each of the ten countries
  • InterConnection for web development
  • SchoolNet in each of the ten countries
  • United Nations Volunteers to recruit volunteers
  • WiderNet, University of Iowa and e-Granary
  • World Education Corps for Ghana, Uganda
  • Mission Titicaco to pilot their new platform

18
AUI Fund Raising
  • US 5 Million Dollars total budget
  • Commitments in hand for 3.5 Million
  • Working with our partner universities seeking
    150,000 per country

19
After thoughts
We have over 100 partners with implementation
plans that are ready to receive containers now
all they need is the funding. They join Peter
McFarrens worry about the donors focus on
studies, consultants, and policy. Not every
group has a Joris Komin this is where an
organisation like ours can be useful. Most of
our partners employ used computers from us during
the school day for youth and then afterward for
the community a fee basis for health or
business needs.
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