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 Can the Digital Divide be Bridged?

 
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gbengasesan
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Posted - 12 May 2004 :  11:40:36  Show Profile  Visit gbengasesan's Homepage  Click to see gbengasesan's MSN Messenger address  Send gbengasesan a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
The World Summit on the Information Society comes across as the boldest attempt - at a global level - yet towards seeking to bridge the digital divide. The series of meetings, documents, arguments, protests, contributions, energies, disappointemnts, thrills, and successes say a lot to an average observer.

The question that readily comes to mind as we move towards the second phasis:

Can the digital divide really be gridged? Or are we just discussing posibilities that will lack political will? Now that Africa hosts the second phase, would it have any positive impact seeing that Africa's inclusion in the Information Society could mean that the last bridges are being built?

I believe that one vital segment of these efforts come back to us as young people. We're the busiest usesr of ICTs - extending, animating and producing diverse variations opf the same - and we need to recognise the need to inteefforts towards this ambitious (yes, ambitious) task of bridging the digital divide.

If each ITU Young Leader in ICTs can take the message of bridging the digital divide as a personal task, we may just be on our way to achieve feat that looks tough.

What steps are you taking in your local community towards the effort of using ICTs for development and how can we network efforts - north-north, north-south and south-south -to maximise resources and incerase efficiency.

I could "bell the cat" by asking you to see www.gbengasesan.com and www.pin.itgo.com to see what's happening in Nigeria; and www.ayinitiative.net for some pan-African effirts arising from the ITU Telecom Africa 2001. www.h-network.org also shows what can be achieved on a global platform...

Hear from anyone?

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'Gbenga Sesan
"Why? Why not?" | www.gbengasesan.com
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria | www.pin.itgo.com

Lamiaa
YLinICTs Administrator 2004-2005



Egypt


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Posted - 21 September 2004 :  14:31:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know how come i didn't read this topic before, may be for my bad luck!
I want to express my admiration to your words Gbenga, and i believe so much that the digital divide will vanish oneday, and that its an obligation for us "the youths" to make this come true.

I visited your website, its really great and i think you are doing a great job in the youth field in Nigerea and in Africa generally.

I also viewed your resume, and i was really impressed with your activities, work experience, and the volunteer activities.

All i can say is that you really give us great hope for a bright future whether on personal or national level.

Thanks Gbenga for joining our Forum, and i hope you can always update us with your activities, i'm sure that all the youths will be interested to know your future plans and dreams...right guys???

Lamiaa
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gbengasesan
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Nigeria


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Posted - 26 September 2004 :  20:03:50  Show Profile  Visit gbengasesan's Homepage  Click to see gbengasesan's MSN Messenger address  Send gbengasesan a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Lamiaa, all,

Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you see what I see re he digital divide. Its really a matter of deliberate efforts.

Speaking of updates, I'm presently with the Lagos Digital Village (www.lagosdigitalvillage.org.ng) and would share our latest news with you below. Outside that, I'm hoping to move on to the next level - a postgraduate degree - but would need a schoarship for that. Would anyone be able to point me in the direction of any of such (admission already secured).

Regards to all, please see the news item below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Please distribute widely)

Contact:
‘Gbenga Sesan
Program Manager, Lagos Digital Village
234 1 816 93 45
gbenga.sesan@janigeria.org | www.lagosdigitalvillage.org.ng
Friday, September 3, 2004

LAGOS DIGITAL VILLAGE HOLDS INAUGURAL GRADUATION

The graduation ceremony for the Lagos Digital Village’s first set of students will hold on Thursday, September 23 2004. The event will be declared open by the Honourable Commissioner for Science & Technology in Lagos State, Mr. Akin Doherty and the Graduation Address will be delivered by Mr. Chris Uwaje, CEO of Connect Technologies Limited and one of Nigeria’s foremost IT specialists.

The Lagos Digital Village, located at the New Library Building in Ebute Metta (Lagos, Nigeria), is an Information Technology training and opportunity centre for Nigeria’s youth. The vision of the village is to raise “a new generation of Nigerian youth who are well equipped with appropriate Information Technology skills and are well positioned for personal development, nation building and global participation.”

The project is key to bridging the digital divide and it will open doors for many underserved young Nigerians, improve their values and quality of life, and help them to attain greatest heights in the educational and job markets in which they would otherwise have never had the opportunity. The project is a multi-stakeholder partnership between Junior Achievement of Nigeria (www.janigeria.org), Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) and the Lagos State Government www.lagosstate.gov.ng), and it enjoys support from volunteer tutors
and the Lagos Mainland Local Government.

The project was commissioned on the 28th of May 2004 by the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and project delivery took off with the provision of a Lagos State-sponsored cyber café. The café houses 39 computers and enjoys high-speed internet access through a grant provided by the United States government through the Nigeria-America Information Initiative
(www.nitda.gov.ng/naii).

The ongoing phase of program delivery includes the delivery of Junior
Achievement technology-related programs and Information Technology training for underserved youth – First Steps (Computer Appreciation); Intricate Details (How to build your own Computer); Work Better (Office Productivity Tools); Great Leap (Internet and the World Wide Web); and Hello World (Introduction to the Information Society). The centre is open from Monday to Saturday, and you may get more information about the programs and how you can contribute to (or
benefit from) the landmark initiative at the center’s website,
www.lagosdigitalvillage.org.ng which is currently being developed.

To date, over one thousand students have applied for programs at the “village”. Some of these students will be graduating on the 15th of September 2004, after having been introduced to various spheres of Information Technology by our dynamic tutors. During the graduation ceremoney, other programs that will be deliverd at the Lagos Digital Village will be introduced. These include mentorship sessions, software development incubation sessions and more.

One young person at a time, the Lagos Digital Village will inch closer to its dream of a new generation of young Nigerians who will be well equipped to contribute to national developmet and hold their own on global platforms.

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'Gbenga Sesan
Program Manager | Lagos Digital Village | www.lagosdigitalvillage.org.ng
Team Leader | Paradigm Initiative Nigeria | www.pin.itgo.com
"Why? Why not?" | www.gbengasesan.org.ng | www.gbengasesan.com

'Gbenga Sesan
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Lamiaa
YLinICTs Administrator 2004-2005



Egypt


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Posted - 28 September 2004 :  08:06:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome back to our Forum Gbenga, It's great having you around.

Regarding the scholarships, we posted a topic here that include some links to websites that provide info about scholarships:
http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/youth/YLinICTs/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=488

I am also searching for a scholarship for postgraduates, and i found that the British Council offers lots of scholarships, one of them is called " Chevening Scholarship":
www.chevening.com/
www.britishcouncil.org/
http://www.britishcouncil.org/home/home-contact/nigeria.htm

Also try to contact the Universities in Canada for example, search for your field of interest and try to get in touch with the supervisor of the course or the project, and ask him if a scholarship is available because a direct contact with the person in charge could be of great help.

I'll update you with any new info about scholarships.
Good luck!

Lamiaa
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marouen
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Tunisia


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21 December 2004

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Posted - 24 December 2004 :  16:50:39  Show Profile  Visit marouen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sorry Lamia and Gbenga to interrupt your discussion to return to the main topic. I just want to invite youth in all the countries to join the international effort we made in the first phase of the WSIS. We still have time to make a lot of things inside the Information Society National Youth Campaigns. To have more information check http://www.wsisyouth.org

I'm looking forward to see a lot of young persons comping to the Summit days (November 2005 in Tunis) with a lot of solutions to bridge the digital divide.

Marouen MRAIHI
http://www.wsisyouth.org
http://www.mraihi.com
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Lamiaa
YLinICTs Administrator 2004-2005



Egypt


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Posted - 27 December 2004 :  14:26:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcme on Board Marouen,

Its really great to have you here with us, i visited the website that you mentioned and i even joined your mailgroup.
I also sent an invitation e-mail to this mail group hoping that you can all join our Youth Forum.

We really need to know more about the WSIS preparations, and how the youths contribute in such an event.

Welcome again


Lamiaa
Official Administrator of YLinICTs Website (2004-2005)
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ashwingopinath
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India


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30 December 2004

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Posted - 30 December 2004 :  11:01:04  Show Profile  Click to see ashwingopinath's MSN Messenger address  Send ashwingopinath a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gbengasesan

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Dear Friends,
This will be interesting for you all who are keen in ICT.Pls visit www.akshaya.net for the details. Here is the strategy used by the Keral State IT Mission for the projects.The projects is devised in Malappuram district in India.

The Akshaya project conceived in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, will be implemented through the Local Self Government (Panchayati Raj Institutions).

The project has been shaped based on the rich insights gleaned from the 'Saksharata' campaign of the state that resulted in a 100% literate state in a very short period of time. The project has also been drawn from the experiences of projects like Gyandoot that have been attempted in India and abroad.

The project has been designed to leverage Kerala's unique strengths, active community organizations, progressive social framework, advanced telecom infrastructure and wide- spread media penetration.

Use of self-employment programmes and private enterprise within a government frame work in development of training institutes and content generation will aim at ensuring commercial viability as well as sustainability of the project.

And I am sure the digital divide can be bridged but not as you guys thinks.
regards
Ashwin Gopinath
General Secretary,
Association Of Computer Technologists in India
Mobile:+91-9387521264
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marouen
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Tunisia


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Posted - 30 December 2004 :  16:45:23  Show Profile  Visit marouen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello Lamiaa

I saw you message on WSIS Youth Caucus Mailinglist. You're welcome.

You can see what youth have done during the first phase according to the WSIS on that link http://wsisyouth.takingitglobal.org/phase1.php

I think we won the challenge of an effective participation on such UN event like WSIS . For the second phase, we need to move from words into actions. Every young person can join our effort by creating a National Youth Campaign in his country related to the Information Society and try to find local solutions to bridge the digital divide.
You can find on the page I gave, a document we published during the Geneva Summit ginving an idea about the campaigns made by youth on the national level and the results (recommendations) of these campaigns.

For the global level, Youth Caucus facilitators are working on that level and we are looking for the international meeting of February (Prepcom2) to discuss that point further.

I invite everyone who can attend that event to join us to to enhance youth impact on global and local level.

To follow the WSIS process, you have to check the website http://www.itu.int/wsis

Marouen MRAIHI
http://www.wsisyouth.org
http://www.mraihi.com
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asudi22@yahoo.com
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ICT AND PEACE


E-peace, I believe is a new concept that can be exploited in quest for a culture of peace world over.
Through peace, cultural understanding and specifically designed online portals, active dialogue can be used as a stepping stone for search of active non violence.
Through ICT, conflict resolution activists and experts can reach volatile and turbulent areas . ICT will also help to bring together sworn enemies into an online dialogue.
Through ICT, youths, who are beloved to be at the epicentre of nearly every violent conflict, can be rallied together into dialogue and ex-combatants rehabilitated. This is what is happening in Sierra Leone. In South Africa, e-mail message circulations at the height of xenophobic riots were used to call for tolerance.

Positive exploitation of IT enabled services like BPO and KPO can be used to create jobs and end conflicts that spring from socio-economic woes and rural-urban population influx.
Application of ICT in youth empowerment and laying foundation for free flow and sharing of information will therefore greatly reduce conflicts and violence at global, regional, national, community and personal levels. Free flow of information and ethical media practice will work concurrently to resolve variations in cultures, religions and ideologies that violence instigators exploit to create real and imaginary differences and animosities.

MICHAEL ALEX ASUDI
KENYA






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