Presentation on theme: "DIGITAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICA: COMMUNITY MULTIMEDIA CENTRES UNESCO/AMARC, Dakar, 12-17 June, 2003 INFORMATION, EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION: HOW TO PROVIDE."— Presentation transcript:
DIGITAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICA: COMMUNITY MULTIMEDIA CENTRES UNESCO/AMARC, Dakar, 12-17 June, 2003 INFORMATION, EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION: HOW TO PROVIDE IT, HOW TO GET IT Polly Gaster, CIUEM, Mozambique
Power = physical access to resources + capacity to use them Development = circulation and redistribution of information resources Information = a public good (not a market commodity) Content & infrastructure = mutual interdependence STARTING POINTS
CMC managers / committees / activists CMC users CMC outreach activities WHO NEEDS THE CONTENT?
Language – Official? Local? Target group – Direct? Indirect? External? Technical level – User equipment? Skills? Relevance – Usefulness to users? WHAT KIND OF CONTENT?
TECHNICAL FORMATS SoftwareAdaptations, training for use InternetProducing websites, discussion forums, hotmail, information searches E-mailCorrespondence, networking, campaigns, news bulletins, discussion groups CD-RomsFlexible format, high volume, cheap, durable REDISTRIBUTIONRadio, newspaper, noticeboard, theatre, posters …
General information needs: Health issues (eg AIDS, malaria, hygiene) Education (material for teachers, students, non-formal) Local and national news Local events, deaths, etc Weather, agriculture, disasters Women’s specific needs: Help for income generation Moral education for the young The need to speak and be heard: Local production, national production MOZAMBIQUE’S EXPERIENCE
Websites: for users, eg teachers, telecentre managers about telecentres, for outside about Mozambique/Mozambican matters CD-Roms: for education information – History of Mozambique, Census, investment, legislation, information for women … open learning – Malaria project resources for telecentres Networking and training: discussion list, exchange visits Radio and other forms of communication/ transformation MOZAMBIQUE’S EXPERIENCE
“I have used e-mail to spread the word about the products that I and my colleagues produce, and … it works! Our products earn our living and our children’s too.” “I have two children studying in South Africa. Now I go to the telecentre every day to read their messages and send replies. They thought it was someone else sending e-mails in my name because I wouldn’t be able to do it.” Two women from the Women’s Forum course CONCLUSIONS