- The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MoICI) of the Republic of The Gambia and the Institute for Information Industry (III) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about information, communication and technology (ICT) development between the two.
Matters have been made worse by a teaching fraternity locked in a bitter salary dispute, throwing the project’s implementation strategy into disarray.
“Most teachers in primary schools are computer illiterate and cannot perform such simple tasks as downloading their payslips from the Internet. Many rural schools have serious infrastructure challenges such as lack of classrooms, desks and chairs and are off the electricity grid,” said Duncan Odhiambo, a teacher at Gungu Primary School in Homa Bay County.
A small software developer from London, Ont., is taking on a risky and audacious new project: laptops that run on sunlight.
WeWi Telecommunications Inc., a 15-person company, unveiled this week a solar-powered laptop designed to bypass the electricity grid. The project is aimed primarily at markets in Africa, where access to electricity can often be unreliable.
WeWi’s founders came up with the idea in early 2012, after visiting Ghana on business.
- The Malawi Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre (MIRTDC) says it will continue to strive towards complementing Government in her efforts of improving skills for small and medium entrepreneurs to alleviate poverty in rural areas.
The Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs of the National Assembly of the Côte d’Ivoire has adopted the Bill on Electronic Transactions presented by the Minister of Post and Information Technology and Communication, Bruno Nabagné Kone.
This law is designed to provide legal standards for the management of electronic transactions in Côte d'Ivoire, in line with international conventions ratified by Côte d'Ivoire, including legal instruments of ECOWAS, the African Union and the International Union Telecommunications.
- Access Bank has donated 10 computers worth over 6m/-to Mugabe Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, as part of its strategy to sensitise application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in schools.
South Africa's Vodacom Millionaires donated a fully equipped computer centre with internet access to learners from the Gqebera Secondary School in a bid to improve the standard of education in the Eastern Cape region.
Vodacom Millionaires is a TV game show sponsored by the mobile operator that gives away four computer centres to schools across the country every month. As part of this donation the school received 20 learner laptops, one educator laptop, and an interactive white board, projector, a server, printer, cartridges and 700 MB of data monthly.
Muhammed Jawara's lessons never last more than half an hour. Teaching ICT at a secondary school in the Gambian village of Sohm, where there is no mains power source, means when the battery of the clapped-out donated laptop he uses to teach with dies, class is over.
To charge this laptop for his next class, Jawara must cycle to a nearby village where an NGO with electricity lets him plug in. He makes this trip up to ten times a day.
Africell Lintel Limited Sierra Leone on Monday 10th June 2013 engaged pupils of the Saint Edwards Secondary, Collegiate Secondary, Government Secondary Technical, Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) and the Government Secondary Schools in Freetown, on training on the use of Information Technology (IT).
The company is with the firm conviction that the young people must be targeted on the use of IT and as a result, selected pupils in consultation with their teachers to utilize the service.