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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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