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News Archives - 2004

23-12-2004 (Paris) - UNESCO has just published the French version of a handbook on Community Multimedia Centres entitled: “How To Get Started And Keep Going: A Guide to Community Multimedia Centres”. Written by reputed practitioners and researchers working on CMCs or ICT for development, it is available in hard copy, CD Rom and on WebWorld. More

15-12-2004 (New Delhi) - Taking pictures of the world cultural heritage site with a digital camera was an exciting experience for the forty-six participants in a photo competition organized by the Lumbini Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Nepal. None of participants had used a digital camera before and there was only one camera, which they used by turn. More

10-11-2004 (Paris) - When the locust plague first hit Timbuktu in Mali, the town’s four radio stations immediately used the suitcase radio donated by UNESCO in 2001 to mobilise townspeople and villagers against the desert insects that destroyed a significant percentage of Mali’s crops in 2004. More

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11-10-2004 (Paris) - New units and modules are considerably expanding the Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) for staff of Community Multimedia Centres. The latest additions to the kit, which is available from UNESCO on CD ROM or can be downloaded from the Internet, have been funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and developed by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC). More

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08-10-2004 (New Delhi) - “Some people said that the Aloe Vera plant looked very ugly, but I persisted using it and now even many visitors from outside appreciate it.” Bhavani is referring to an unusual sight in her small office, an aloe vera plant hanging upside down from the ceiling with four of its six branches covered in thousands of tiny flies. More

24-09-2004 (Paris) - For the past month, the people of Timbuktu in Mali have been battling hordes of locusts that are destroying their crops, with the help of a suitcase radio donated by UNESCO in 2001. More

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16-09-2004 (Paris) - Local people eager to learn how to use computers have been flocking to the Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Sègbèya, a busy neighbourhood of Cotonou, Benin, since it opened earlier this week. UNESCO supported the setting up of a telecentre within the existing community cultural centre, providing equipment and training. More

24-08-2004 (New Delhi) - Representatives from UNESCO supported Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) in South Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka attended a workshop that UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information in New Delhi organized recently in Bangalore and Budikote. More

12-08-2004 (Accra) - 11 August, Banikoara, Northern Benin: Banikoara CMC has commissioned its first ever VSAT Internet connection making it possible for 253,000 residents of Banikoara to take immediate advantage of easy and uninterrupted access to the Internet. Banikoara Town is situated 243km from the nearest access to Internet services in Parakou and more than 743km from the capital city, Cotonou. More

05-08-2004 (Paris) - UNESCO announces the launch of the French language version of eNRICH, a fully customisable knowledge management software for communities to find their way around the mass of information and knowledge resources available on the Internet and to voice communities issues and create relevant content of their own. More

17-05-2004 (New Delhi) - Ram, a young man from Tansen, a hill station in the western part of Nepal, is the winner of the first computer drawing competition that was recently held in the Community Multimedia Centre there, that houses a pilot project for marginalised people under UNESCO’s programme “Putting ICTs in the Hands of the Poor”. More

11-05-2004 (Maputo) - 42 Mozambican community radios and community multimedia centres (CMCs) confirmed their commitment to join hands through the formation of a National Community Radio Network in Mozambique's capital Maputo on Friday last week as the culmination of a one-week constitutive conference and festival. More

05-05-2004 (Paris) - UNESCO has just released a handbook on Community Multimedia Centres entitled: “How To Get Started And Keep Going: A Guide to Community Multimedia Centres”. Written by reputed practitioners and researchers working on CMCs or ICT for development, it is available in hard copy, CD Rom and on WebWorld. More

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20-04-2004 (Paris) - A community radio turned into a fully-fledged community multimedia centre when it opened its doors last week in Dondo, Central Mozambique. The addition of a telecentre, which offers the community access to computers and email, IT training and basic office services, will help the radio to move even closer to the community and will ensure that it becomes a multifaceted centre for access to and generation of local knowledge. More

26-01-2004 (New Delhi) - One hundred and twenty-five participants from the South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAAARC) countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and resource persons from Asia Pacific attended a two-day international seminar on "Multipurpose Community Telecentre: Networking and Future Aims" which was held in the Nepal's capital Kathmandu on 15 and 16 January 2004. More

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