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 Wednesday, April 13, 2011

At the Third Global Forum telecentres, April 5-7, 2011, Santiago, Chile, during the Global Telecentre Leaders Forum attended by over 200 representatives of various countries, organizations and institutions involved in telecentre movement, developed the first version of the declaration, which covers some important issues relating to telecentre work, such as:

1. To encourage the use of ICT in creating opportunities for social, economic, and civic participation for the poor and undeserved;

2. To establish collaboration, support, and sharing among the different regional and national telecentres worldwide in order to come together as a united force working towards the improvement and sustainability of the telecentre movement;

3. To promote the role of telecentres in harnessing information technology for development and serving as community resources that facilitate employment, productivity and community empowerment, especially at the grassroots level, specifically to those living in remote and undeserved communities, through skills development, empowerment and pro-poor services.

4. To promote the inclusion and participation of women in all telecentre programs and support initiatives that aim to bridge the digital divide, providing women with ICT skills and resource mobilization to empower themselves and others, in particular, the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign, which aims to provide for wide-scale digital literacy training for women at the grassroots level and recognition of women achievers in the telecentre movement.

5. To establish a platform for sharing knowledge among members of the global telecentre movement and various actors and organizations working towards the achievement of social development through the use of information and communication technologies.

This draft declaration is provided for your consideration. All constructive comments, corrections and recommendations are welcome,  for improvements and to have  all inclusive document. Download the full text of the declaration Here.

(Source: Telecentre.org)

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