GDCO Sudan Vision 4 WSIS+10 Beyond 2015

This article was submitted to the ITU and published about GDCO Sudan WSIS+10 vision beyond 2015

Telecentre  is a public place where people can access computers, Internet, and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information to develop skill to facilitate their lives. There are four types of Telecentres 1- Standard Telecentre which deals with Training, capacity building and skill development 2- Knowledge Telecentre and this where GDCO share knowledge, experience and best practices with other Telecentre practioners and transfer it to Gedaref Sudan e-g. e-Agriculture, e-learning and e-government and e-health. 3- Investment Telecentres are applications of the knowledge Telecentres for more sustainability e.g. agro-mobile, telemedicine for more Telecentre sustainability without changing the objectives 4- Portable Telecentre is the future of Telecentre it is multi-services Telecentre which combine the above three types. Globally there are 87531 Individual Telecentres in 52 countries with 73 Telecentre Networks in 6 Regional Networks.

 a- In GDCO there are big challenges faced the implementation of Action Lines including:-

1- ICT is not part of the culture and not a priority

2- Poverty and financial support

3- High running cost

4- High cost of e-infrastructure and low speed internet

5- Limited number of student in out of school classroom because all children go in the morning to bring the water from far distance and then they go with their animals looking for grazing area and in the evening they help their families in milking them  

6- Limited number in al-amal deaf school because it is very difficult for the teacher to teach more than 10 deaf in the classroom 

7- Most of the Telecentres depend on donation and grants.

8- Reluctance to change and automation 4 senior staff 

9- Limited access to energy sources and power supply

10- a big digital gap (divide) everywhere in rural area

 Part of the Solutions

 1- Continuous training with sustainable cost prices and starting in poor urban and rural area

2- Use schools, youth clubs and onsite training to avoid renting

3- Always have on call teachers with social charisma on temporary jobs to reduce running cost

4- Have a shepherd and a water tanker and incentives for out of school children project (Suggested)

5- Full automation of teaching in al-amal deaf school (SPEG projector and laptop)

6- Uses of Solar energy for charging laptop and charging mobile as source of revenue for sustainability

7- Developing strong win-win public, private, people partnership for community development

8- Digging water resources near the village for both human uses and animals and it can be also a source of revenue for sustainability

 b- There are many areas should have priorities because they have being ignored or not included in Geneva WSIS action lines

1-    Empowering, people with disability and human rights through ICT for equal access because more than 16% of the world population are living with disability, in addition they had been ignored by Geneva WSIS action lines and this is why they had special session the 68th session of the  General Assembly of the United Nations on 23rd September 2013.  

2-    Promoting Women digital literacy campaign Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign is a global initiative of  TCF & ITU to empower disadvantaged, marginalized and underserved women through ICT for better lives. Partners trained 914.368 women by December 2013. GDCO participated in the foundation of the first IT women network in Arab States

3-    Cloud computing

4-    Drying resources of illiteracy because there are 57 million illiterate people according to the UNESCO report in July 2013 where more than 50% are in Africa and 14% in in the Arab State and this is not including 28.5 million due to war and disaster.

5-    Telecentres as tools for community development through ICT

6-    Blogging, promoting and writing for WSIS

c- Areas need more concentration

1-    Fighting against poverty   

2-    Increase mobile penetration in rural area with Affordable wide broadband accessibility

3-    Promote eHealth and telemedicine

4-    Integration of ICTs e-services

5-    Promotion of online crop market

 Portable (mobile) Telecentres the Integration of ICTs e-services

GDCO is planning to start these portable Telecentres by 2014. In 25 square meters space with 10.000 US$ GDCO in the future, GDCO can establish a rural out schoolchildren portable Telecentre to provide:-

a-   training more than 1000 people / year

b-   Dry the resources of illiteracy & improve quality and reduce the cost of education

c-   discover grazing and water area through GIS by nomads 

d-   solving conflict between farmers, forest and nomads 

e-   Basic health care and telemedicine

f-    Telecentres can be used as IT cultural Clubs 

g-   Agriculture extension  (e-Agriculture)

h-   Supporting e-government 

i-     global Telecentre courses & also can be used by TEPS

j-     using solar 4 Mobile charging to increase the internet penetration and use the revenue to sustain the Telecentre

k-   Poverty elimination (SeVO)

l-     Skype to reduce the cost of telephone bills and have video chatting 

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