This Project will connect schools in remote, rural or underserved areas to broadband Internet services, through individual or shared computing devices to school children in the selected schools. It will also establish community ICT centres in the connected schools that can be used to support socio-economic development activities of community members and to provide fee-paying services to ensure sustainability for the community ICT centres.
In order to address the local needs of the communities and further ensure project sustainability, this Project will also develop training materials and provide related training for three different groups to improve the quality of life for members of the targeted local community as follows:
- Teachers (e.g. on teaching children how to use computing devices, programmes and applications).
- ICT centre managers (e.g. on how to install, operate and maintain all ICT equipment, develop a business plan, teach users basic ICT literacy, etc.).
- Trainers who will provide training for community members (e.g. using ICTs to support the on-going economic and social activities of community members and ICT-enabled career training, access to on-line public services, micro-credit and a host of other e-services).
To ensure common vision and understanding of the roles of all stakeholders, aworkshop will be organized to create awareness among Senior Government officials and other national stakeholders, to discuss and agree on a work plan that will guide the implementation of this project, based on the best practices identified in the ITU “Connect a School, Connect a Community” toolkit (www.connectaschool.org) and any lessons learned from projects implemented in the country as well as future steps that the country stakeholders can take to extend connectivity at country level.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) takes pride of the successful completion of the implementation of the Connect A School, Connect A Community project in Nasir Ahmadiyya, Brikamaba and Farafenni Senior Secondary Schools. It is to be noted that this project was funded by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and implemented by this Ministry in close collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE).