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Article: "Nigeria: Much scepticism about OPLC project"

In response to an article by Efem Nkanga "Nigeria: Much scepticism about OPLC project" in Balancing Acts Update number 391 from 8th February 2008.*

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Dear Russell,

I have been enjoying reading your news updates very much. They are usually well researched and give great insights into the African point of view.

While the latter is still true about Efem Nkanga's article, it is singularly badly researched. The title says it all! Efem Nkanga seems to have taken as much care in investigating the OLPC project and Intel's pull out from it as as he does in copy-reading important parts of his work.

Further, the real plight of the children in decaying schools - and we have plenty right here in the Eastern Cape - is that their imagination and thirst for knowledge is not heeded. While educators worry about desks and seats to sit on, children in these schools desperately need water, food and knowledge - in that order. Desks and school uniforms - while traditionally important in schools here as much as in Nigeria - are really only crucial for learning inasfar as the educators (the absolutely crucial part of the learning process) require them. In the future, thinking hardware will be much more important than these traditional trappings.

Yours sincerely,
Ron
* (Permanent link will probably soon appear under http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/back/balancing-act_391.html)

By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: February 9th 2008 02:42

PHP, XSLT and XHTML

The Geek Dinners in Cape Town - a must do event for technophiles, Geeks and open source software fanatics - regularly feature a prize which is won by one of the attendees. Jonathan Endersby one of the organisers wrote a javascript app which randomly flashes attendee numbers until suddenly stopping and repeatedly flashing the winners name.

All the names appear on an Wiki page - how much nicer would it be to see names flashing instead of numbers? I chatted with Jonathan and he requested a JSON array of strings as input for a new script which would presumably use the numbers as indexes into the array - a minor adjustment.

Creating the array must be almost equally simple I thought. Wiki pages are XHTML. Writing an XSLT to strip the names out of the HTML must be really a simple task. So simple we might as well generalise the problem and solve it for all HTML pages, as there are numerous converters from HTML to XHTML (Pear library). The XSLT was simple to write... but getting it plugged into PHP was well nigh impossible. To make things worse the HTML to XHTML converter in the Pear library didn't produce valid XML in all cases (some tags just weren't closed).

Passing XHTML into the Sablotron XSLT library also did not produce any happy results! Sablotron consistently produced error 69 and refused to continue. Strangely enough, the error message said "unkown encoding'', but in the Sablotron error number list 69 means bad URI or something like that. After checking all the encoding statements, I eventually found a reference to older parsers not understanding the XHTML namespace and not loading the DTD which defines all the encodings, correctly. I had to give up on the PHP solution! My hoster runs PHP 4.3.x and installing new libraries was not an option. PHP + XHTML + XSLT a natural combination one might think. But it had failed.

Instead I just used the XSLT processor on the W3C website - it works just fine!

The script can be run here: http://ekhayaict.com/_gds/gds.php (call it with a parameter xhtml to process other pages)

The XSLT file is here: http://ekhayaict.com/_gds/xslt/gds.xslt

The W3C Transformer is here: http://www.w3.org/2005/08/online_xslt/

Geek Dinner: http://planet.geekdinner.org.za/
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: February 2nd 2008 08:50

eKhaya p.i. for the year 2007

eKhaya ICT's marketing efforts had their ups and downs and these are reflected in the diagramme you see below. Still 46778 p.i.'s for the year are not a bad effort, and we are sure that as we bring more interactive and useful resources online, these figures will grow. In fact 2008, is looking very promising with a lot more focus on core business in developing areas and less consulting for European nations.

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By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: January 23rd 2008 03:24

Eine deutsch- südafrikanische Perspektive

This blog post is a response by Dr. Anna Wertlen to a friend's commentary on the eKhaya ICT website, living in South Africa and South Africa in the German media.

Dieser Blog-Artikel wurde von Dr. Anna Wertlen als Antwort auf die email einer Freundin verfasst. Hier können Sie einen Ausschnitt aus der email und die Antwort darauf lesen:
Ich finde Eure Homepage und vor allem den dahinter
stehenden Inhalt prima. Wie ist es denn für Dich, in
Südafrika zu leben? Ich weiß ja selbst von meiner
Reise nach Sambia und von den Afrika-Connections
unserer Arbeitsgruppe, dass das Bild hier in den
Medien stark verzerrt dargestellt wird, aber über
Südafrika wird wirklich ausschließlich negativ
berichtet (und ich meine nicht die BILD...): die
Fußball-WM, AIDS, und vor allem die anhaltende
Gewalt. Mich interessiert es, wie es wirklich ist.
Konntet Ihr unbeschwert durch Kapstadt reisen; ich
meine, da wohnen ja auch Menschen, das kann ja nicht
so eine Katastrophe sein.
Schade, daß Deine und andere Zeitungen so ein schlechtes Bild von Südafrika zeichnen. Es stimmt natürlich, daß die Arbeitslosigkeit, Kriminalität, Korruption und Aids hier ein großes Problem sind. Aber es wird halt auch alles immer aus der wohligen, wohlhabenden deutschen Perspektive kritisiert, die dem Kritiker seine schöne Sicherheit gibt.

Jedem Hartz IV Empfänger geht es blendend, verglichen mit den arbeitslosen Menschen, die hier leben. Und trotzdem hört der in Deutschland lebende nicht auf zu nölen und zu meckern, während ich die Grundstimmung in der Region, in der ich lebe, als eher positiv empfinde. Die Leute machen aus allem das beste, solange sie nicht in die Abhängigkeit von Drogen oder Alkohol geraten sind.

Z.Z. steht dem Land ein Wechsel bevor, da ein neuer Präsident gewählt werden soll. Über Zuma und Mbeki hast Du sicherlich auch viel Kritik gelesen, daß sie korrupt sind, lügen usw. Das stimmt natürlich, aber im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen afrikanischen Ländern wird hier offen darüber berichtet und nachgeforscht. Es herrscht Pressefreiheit. Und mal im Ernst, war Schröder nicht auch korrupt? Und wurde Bush trotz seiner Lügen nicht auch wieder gewählt? Immerhin hat Mbeki es geschafft, das Land nach Mandela einigermaßen zu stabilisieren, und Zuma hat es geschafft, die Zulu und die Xhosa (die beiden größten südafrikanischen Volksstämme) einigermaßen miteinander zu versöhnen.

Das sind für Afrika vielleicht die wichtigsten Grundvorraussetzungen (siehe Kenia, Simbabwe etc.). Ich treffe hier auch an allen Ecken und Enden auf Leute wie uns, die lokal etwas verbessern wollen, sich für Kinder, Frauen, Aidskranke, Blinde und andere "Minderheiten" einsetzen, Arbeitsplätze schaffen und die verschiedenen ethnischen Gruppen in Südafrika zueinanderbringen. Wer keinen Arbeitsplatz hat, schafft sich einen. Das scheinen die Weißen von den Schwarzen in Südafrika gelernt zu haben. Den Deutschen würde etwas mehr Kreativität auch ganz gut tun, aber wer hat sie ihnen gelehrt?

All diese Projekte und Investitionen kommen vor allen Dingen von den Menschen unserer Generation, die in einem Staat aufgewachsen sind, der sie von vorne bis hinten belogen hat, sie in den Krieg geschickt hat, die Apartheid erfunden hat. Anstatt sich aus der Verantwortung zu ziehen, tun diese Menschen genau das Gegenteil. Ich finde das sehr beachtlich und bewundernswert. Das haben auch viele europäische, amerikanische und andere Menschen schon entdeckt und sich entschlossen, mit den Südafrikanern zusammenzuarbeiten, sich für sie einzusetzen. Es wäre schön, wenn auch darüber im Ausland wie innerhalb Südafrikas in der gleichen Weise berichtet würde wie über die Schwierigkeiten des Wandels in einem Land, das sich langsam zu einem freien, starken, demokratischen und sozialen Staat entwickelt.

Wenn man die Regeln beachtet, die in diesem Land herrschen, dann kann man sich frei bewegen und muß nicht in Angst leben. Man darf allerdings nicht den
Fehler machen und denken, daß man sich wie in Europa benehmen kann, nur weil Kapstadt so europäisch wirkt. Für Europäer "normale" Verhaltsweisen können hier provozierend wirken, wie in jedem anderen Land auch. Auf der anderen Seite haben die Touristen vielleicht auch viel zur innersüdafrikanischen Völkerverständigung beigetragen, indem sie sich gegenüber Weißen und Schwarzen gleich verhalten haben und somit vielleicht oft mehr Respekt gezeigt haben als die Südafrikaner untereinander, egal ob schwarz oder weiß.
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: January 13th 2008 04:09

Meeting with the Imagineer and Alan Levin

On my recent Cape Town trip - where I was overwhelmed to be back in the traffic of a thriving globalised metropolis and confronted by totally diverse choice vectors - I was very glad to be able to link up with Alan Levin and Kurt Ackermann (a.k.a. the Imagineer). Alan is heading up an ISP outfit called Vanilla and working with Rael Lissoos on bringing really inexpensive communications to the impoverished townships in South Africa. They are doing this in a company called Dabba. I expect to hear a lot more from them. Kurt is a consultant on new economy matters, especially rebranding, startup strategy and long term business forecasts and consultancy. They both have a keen interest in ICT4D and improvement of social conditions for the poor. Kurt also has connections to the Bulungula Incubator.

What did I learn from my conversation? Here are some highlights:
  • Make it local. Successful projects are carried and work through the energy that locals put into them. This simple fact of sustainable development is also mentioned by several development agencies (a good reference for this is S. Batchelor, S. Evangelista, S.Hearn, M. Pierce, S. Sugden, M. Webb. ICT for Development Contributing to the Millennium Development Goals: Lessons Learned from Seventeen infoDev Projects. World Bank, Washington D.C., Nov. 2003). Other approaches such as automation (including software based projects) depending on machines inevitably break down after time. Only structures built on and by the people in an area can have any hope of being truly sustainable. At eKhaya ICT, we hope that long-term chaperoned use of the internet can help build sustainable projects, but we are definitely focusing on specific projects (for now).

    This echoed a conversation I had with Ann Price at Buccanneers, who has been involved with a lot of grass roots development projects in the Eastern Cape and is an acknowledged expert in the field. She maintains that a project should be started to document successful projects - be they in growing organic food for communities or education projects that have made a difference. Communities need to see what successful projects look and feel like and that they are actually run by ordinary community members in other communities.

    Technologically speaking, we did stray around the topic of P2P telecentres for rural areas. I will have to go into more detail about that later (when eKhaya ICT has the technology).

  • Don't depend on government. This was a suggestion that was not new to me. The Dwesa project which I have been involved with at the University of Fort Hare was started without governmental consultation. Since then, of course as the programme has grown and shown great promise, various departments have become interested and have even donated machinery (one computer). Indeed dealing with government and foreign NGOs can tax one's patience and it seems that Alan and Kurt's experiences have led them to espouse tactics of avoidance. In the long run, however, we need total solutions on this continent - solutions which will lead to a culture of increased responsibility and greater social awareness. That can only happen if local ward councillors, relevant government departments and other forms of elected and bureaucratic structures become involved and thus themselves more pro-active. These structures should be dependable, we should be able to count on the people we vote for to make our voices heard in government. However, when running a pragmatic and goal oriented project, I agree with Kurt and Alan that one should minimise risk where it is unacceptable and find ways to achieve goals without government if necessary - while liaising with government as progress is made to widen perspectives.

  • There is nothing like a face to face meeting to help make connections and to promote the exchange of ideas and understanding. That is a great reason to visit buzzing places like Cape Town often. The internet can help and setup such links, but only in specific cultural contexts.

By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: December 31st 2007 04:25

Dell Foundation sponsors Zwelenqaba school project!

Yesterday I heard that the Dell Foundation in South Africa approved the sponsorship of the SELF Solar school project at Zwelenqaba SSS. The application was handed in on behalf of the school by eKhaya ICT.

This is a clear stamp of approval as far as I am concerned. We asked for a donation of half the computer hardware equipment for client workstations and received it. We will be receiving 10 laptops, and knowing Dell, these will have more computing power than the other llow-power machines we install. Most likely, we will be able to install a distributed file-server infrastructure on the laptops.

The use of laptops and low power solutions will greatly lower the cost of the solar power installation and free up power for other uses such as peripherals, multimedia tools and basics such as cell phone charging and lights.

Good news for the year end and a great way to start into the construction phase!
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: December 11th 2007 08:27

Impressions of a GeekDinner

Met up with Jonathan Endersby and Dave Duarte at the GeekDinner in Cape Town in October to check out that corner of the Open Source IT scene in South Africa. I am happy to report that the amount of enthusiasm and the number of projects being cooked up is great.

Charl Van Niekerk's talk started off with a bit of advertising for Google's Summer of Code programme - a very worthwhile and cool programme if I ever saw one with an altruistic touch befitting of the Google "do good" motto. Interesting to hear about the interest of Joomla to integrate RDF into their mobile apps. Perhaps the semantic web is not as far away as one may think - the hype is over and it is the right time for the technology to consolidate and move into the mainstream.

By the end of the meeting the sponsored wine had created a really happy atmosphere at the meeting - the slideshow karaoke was a hit!

Probably next time I attend one of these things, I will be talking about eKhaya ICT's successes and experiences with Open Source in the field (or doing a 3 minute analysis of my bash shell's history). I hope it'llbe soon Cape Town is fab place to be.

(Thanks to Richard Kilpert for driving and patience with us geeks.)
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: December 9th 2007 07:50

Solid state laptops: OLPC XO, Classmate and Asus EEE

OLPC [1] have been working on a light-weight easy to use laptop specifically for children and their education. As they have been releasing beta products for testing, adults who have seen these pretty little green computers have been totally enthusiastic and clamouring to buy them - for themselves. On the OLPC mailing lists a number of entrepreneurs want to buy large numbers for sales to private individuals.

The rival of the OLPC, Intel's classmate [2] - also a solid state computer with scaled down specs and flash drive instead of hard-disk (hence solid state - there are no moving parts in these machines) - seems to have slowed down somewhat with Intel joining the OLPC consortium in October. Also Intel are not talking to us (maybe were just not big enough) so I can't report anything else there.

Now as OLPC have launched their buy two get one offer, it seems Asus [3] is also taking on the Christmas shoppers with their Eee, which seems to cost anywhere between $200 (the original price Asus marketed in the second half of 2007) and $399 because of demand. Asus are reporting a unit sold every 6 seconds - making between 6000 and 14400 per day depending on how many sales minutes there are per day. That is not bad to quite good indeed. The Eee also has its own operating system, which seemes to be built on the Windows platform.

Ubiquitous computing in the developed world is good news for the developing world - apart from environmental/recycling issues(!).

[1] OLPC
[2] Intel Classmate
[3] Asus Eee
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: November 26th 2007 10:08

Hinter den Kulissen: eKhaya ICT und OLPC an der Mndwaka Schule

Übersicht:

eKhaya ICT arbeitete zusammen mit dem Schweitzer Fernsehen an einer Dokumentation über OLPC (Ein Laptop pro Kind-Programm). Wir wählten die Mndwaka Grundschule für diesen Film, weil sie eine sehr ambitionierte Schule ist, die immer wieder den lokalen Gesangswettbewerb gewinnt, obwohl sie sehr arm ist. Das OLPC-Programm fügt sich sehr gut in unsere Strategie der nachhaltigen Entwicklungsarbeit ein, denn eine Entwicklung der Infrastuktur in ländlichen afrikanischen Gebieten ist nur möglich, wenn sie parallel zu einer Entwicklung der Bildung läuft.

Link zum Video auf SF.TV (Dateigröße 130MB)

Webseite zum Film auf 3Sat

Fotogallerie vom Drehtag an der Mndwaka Schule

Gallerie der Fotos, die die Schüler von sich selbst mit Hilfe der Laptop-Kamera machten

Hintergrund:

eKhaya ICT wurde kürzlich von einem schweizer Filmteam kontaktiert, das einen Kulturbeitrag zum Thema OLPC drehen wollte. Deren Auflagen waren eine ländliche Schule mit sehr schlechter Ausstattung und möglichst junge Schüler, da der Laptop vorrangig für Schüler unter 15 Jahren entworfen wurde.

Es war sehr schwierig zu entscheiden, ob wir dieses Projekt überhaupt unterstützen sollten. eKhaya ICT arbeitet z.Z. eher mit Oberschulen. Es war klar, daß jede Grundschule, die wir kontaktieren würden, uns und das Filmteam mit offenen Armen empfangen würde, bevor sie die Möglichkeit hätten zu verstehen, worum es sich bei dem Film handelt. Wir mußten also sehr vorsichtig sein und erklären, daß wir keine weiteren Versprechen, beispielsweise bezüglich einer Laptop-Ausstattung geben könnten. Wir erklärten, daß es sich nur um eine sehr kurze Dokumentation handeln würde, und daß der Film nur in Europa gezeigt wird. Der Schuldirektor, Herr Gqokoza war dennoch damit einverstanden sowie grundsätzlich an jeder Kooperation mit eKhaya ICT interessiert. Wenn man Schuldirektor eine extrem armen Schule ist, dann greift man jede Gelegenheit beim Schopfe, sei es auch “nur” eine Langzeitinvestition. Er überzeugte uns, und wir begannen mit den Filmarbeiten.

Wir wählten die Mndwaka Grundschule aus, weil sie eine sehr ambitionierte Schule ist, die immer wieder den lokalen Gesangswettbewerb gewinnt, obwohl sie sehr arm ist. Für die 722 Schüler stehen nur zwei reguläre Klassenräume und vier weitere provisorische Klassenräume in unfertigen Häusern, z.T. aus Blech, zur Verfügung. Viele Unterrichtsstunden müssen draußen abgehalten werden, was dazu führt, daß der Unterricht oft unterbrochen wird. Es gibt kein fließendes Wasser und die Solaranlage, die vor sieben Jahren installiert wurde, wurde im Jahr 2005 gestohlen. Trotz alledem sind die Schüler voller Energie und Tatkraft, was uns in beeindruckensder Weise während der Gesang- und Tanzvorführungen vor Augen geführt wurde.

Der Enthusiasmus des Schulchors hielt uns fast vom Filmen ab. Es wurde während fast aller Interviews und Drehs in den Klassenräumen gesungen. Leider wurden letzendlich nur Sequenzen ohne Gesang im Fernsehen gezeigt. Nach den Interviews dankte uns die Schule für unser Kommen mit einer Tanzvorführung mit Stammes- und modernen Tänzen. Dieser Aufwand zeigte uns, daß sich die Schüler, die Lehrer und die Gemeinde dagegen wehren, als ländlich und archaisch bezeichnet zu werden. Sie wollen mit der Zeit gehen und lechzen förmlich nach Anbindung an den Rest der Welt. Ich hoffe, daß das Filmteam sein Versprechen wahr macht und aus der Fülle von Filmmaterial eine schöne kleine Dokumentation herausschneiden kann, damit diese wunderbaren Aufnahmen nicht verlorengehen. Es wäre schade, wenn wir den Schülern und Lehrern der Mndwaka Schule nach all dieser Mühe nur einen kleinen 6min Clip auf Deutsch zeigen könnten.

Ich bin überzeugt, daß die Anbindung der Entwicklungsgebiete an die entwickelten Gebiete mit Hilfe eines Programmes wie des OLPC funktionieren kann, in dem minimal invasive Methoden die klassische Art des Lernens unterstützen. Ich bin mir sicher, daß die ländlichen Gebiete von dieser Anbindung profitieren werden, und dadurch auch der Rest der Welt. Wer argumentiert, daß Computer nicht helfen können, wenn nicht genug Wasser, Essen, Elektrizität und Mobilität vorhanden sind, hat etwas grundsätzlich nicht verstanden. Ich glaube, daß eine nachhaltige Entwicklung der Infrastruktur in afrikanischen ländlichen Gebieten nur funktioniert, wenn sie Hand in Hand mit der Bildungsentwicklung der Gemeinden geht. Ein abgestimmtes Programm ist notwendig, das den Gemeinden hilft, ihre Infrastruktur selbst aufzubauen, um Macht über ihr eigenes Tun zu gewinnen. Eine so gestärkte Gemeinde kann folglich nicht mehr verarmen.
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: November 18th 2007 09:02

Behind the scenes: eKhaya ICT and OLPC at Mndwaka

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Summary:

We chose Mndwaka JSS for a film shoot with OLPC, because they are a pro-active school, consistently winning the local singing contest despite the poor conditions there. The OLPC programme is a vital piece of the puzzle because sustainable development of infrastructure in rural African areas can only work if it happens hand in hand with development of the communities' knowledge.

An English translation of the show and link to the video

Photo gallery of the film shoot at Mndwaka.

Photo gallery of shots made by the learners themselves using the XO camera.

Background and explanation:

eKhaya ICT recently went on a field trip to demonstrate two older XOs (B-1) to a rural school. The request from the camera team was a rural school with the worst possible conditions and it should be a junior secondary school, as the XO is targetted at ages younger than 15 yrs (although it can be used by anyone, of course!).

It was quite difficult to decide whether to do the project at all. eKhaya ICT has tended to work with more senior schools, with Grades 9 - 12, and we knew if we asked our contacts at the junior schools, they would jump at the idea, although they didn't understand the details of the shoot. We were very careful to say that we could not promise any result, besides the exposure gained through the video. We explained that it was only a short video and that it would be shown overseas. That did not matter to the school principal, Mr. Gqokoza. He explained that they were interested in any cooperation at all with eKhaya ICT. If you are in a situation such as the one experienced by Mndwaka JSS, you will clutch at any opportunity. Mr. Gqokoza convinced us. We went ahead and did the demonstration.

We chose Mndwaka JSS, because despite the poor conditions there, they have consistently won the local school singing contest - they certainly showed us why!

Mndwaka JSS has 2 regular classrooms and about another 4 makeshift ones for 722 children. 18 teachers are responsible for the classes. Many classes take place out doors, which means that bad weather interrupts school. There is no running water and the solar system installed about 7 years ago was stolen in 2005.

The enthusiasm of the school's excellent choir almost put a halt to filming. Their singing accompanied all the shots in the classroom and all the interviews. Sadly, somehow their song does not appear on the final product. Then after the interviews, the school wanted to thank us for coming and put on a show of tribal and modern dancing. Their dancing showed us that these children, these teachers and this community, has no interest in being labelled as rural and archaic - they want to move with the times and are hungry for a connection to the rest of the world. I hope the camera team will have a chance to put together the great footage they got of the learners dancing up a storm, as they promised. It would be a shame to show the teachers at Mndwaka only a 6 minute clip in German for all their trouble!

I am convinced that this connection can be made by a programme such as the OLPC using minimally invasive education to support the classical education. I am sure that such a connection will greatly benefit these rural communities and the whole world in turn. Arguments that computers cannot help where there is no water, no food, no transport and no electricity miss the point. I believe that sustainable development of infrastructure in rural African areas can only work if it happens hand in hand with development of the communities' knowledge. A balanced programme is required to help the communities build their infrastructure themselves so that they become empowered. An empowered community cannot be impoverished.
By: Ron Wertlen [permalink]
Posted: November 13th 2007 03:50
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Road to Baleni
Building a road is good thing, people earn money as unskilled labour is employed locally. Once the road is usable (even partially) the lives of those along the road are made much simpler, they become mobile, they have access to goods from outside and their goods can reach the outside world.If we cre...
by: Ron Wertlen
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A challenge for everyone - change your perspective
This morning I had the good fortune to read an enlightened letter to the editor of the Daily Dispatch. It juxtaposes wonderfully the difference between emotional and rational thinking. We can't feel like others, but we should try to see through their eyes.The challenge Mthethe throws down is that we...
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Internet infrastructure for a global democratic community
Darfur is just one of the examples why the digital divide is doubly damaging to Africa. It's not just the lack of incoming information - information that could save lives - it's also the lack of an ability to share one's problem. Imagine having a life-threatening problem which you know will bring de...
by: Ron Wertlen
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1303378580_dsc00222-ed_2 Photos on eLearning Africa 2011 competition
If you have a chance, please have a look at our photos on the eLearning Africa page:The Village Scribe Association submitted 5 images (with very cool descriptions!!) for the eLearning Africa Photo Competition. Please, help us to win the competition by voting for us now online! Some of the photos are...
by: Ron Wertlen
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Why did we start eKhaya ICT?!
Some people just shake their head when they hear what we are trying to do. I know what they mean I sometimes catch myself thinking similar thoughts: how can this work at all? Poor persons living in so-called developing rural regions don't have enough to eat, clean water to drink, western medical fac...
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Web 2.0 for rural communities
The following comes from a mail I recently wrote, I thought it might well illustrate our goals to a wider community.The possibilities that WIMAX and broadband offer are very exciting to me. These technologies also offer significantly different financing concepts. Especially in SA, urban and peri-urb...
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