November 17, 2017

Building a knowledge economy through Telecentres in Africa

Nyamata Telecentre, Rwanda © Paul Barera, Barera's Blog

CTA (2011) A knowledge economy begins at the grass roots eLearning Africa News Portal, December 15

This is an interesting article by staff from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) about the role of  telecentres in building local entrepreneurism and training in adult education for rural populations in Africa. As well as providing a digital communications hub for small or isolated communities, the Telecentres provide information on market prices, trading opportunities through mobile networks, local content in local languages as well as English, and selection of content relevant to local farmers. Examples are provided from Uganda, Rwanda and Botswana.

Barera’s Blog is well worth visiting. This describes how Paul Barera set up his own Telecentre in a rural area of Rwanda, with initial help from the Academy for Educational Development, then turned it into a self-financing operation. He lists the hard-earned lessons he gained from this experience.

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