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News Archives 2005

13-12-2005 (Paramaribo/Kingston) - A few weeks ago, people of the Amerindian village of Galibi, a small Carib indigenous community at the border of Suriname and French Guyana, finally got their own Community Multimedia Centre. More

01-12-2005 (New Delhi) - A new Community Telecentre to provide ICT-enhanced training and education for the special-needs groups, in particular women and semi-literate members of the community, was recently inaugurated in Agya Village, India. More

23-11-2005 (Kigali) - The first university / community radio station in Rwanda was officially inaugurated on 18 November 2005 in the Southern town of Butare, where the National University of Rwanda (NUR) is located. More

14-10-2005 (New Delhi) - The presentation of a simple, innovative literacy tool in use in UNESCO-supported community learning centres in Tamil Nadu was presented at a UNESCO workshop on ICTs for Community Empowerment, held in Chennai, India, last week. More

07-10-2005 (Kingston) - A regional workshop on ICT and Development - the second this year in the Caribbean – gathers community media practitioners from nine countries in the region in Paramaribo, Suriname, next week. More

25-08-2005 (Addis Ababa) - On Monday 22 August 2005, a dual ceremony was held at Rimbaud’s House in the historic Ethiopian city of Harar to mark the inauguration of a UNESCO sponsored community telecentre and to present certificates to the first batch of graduates from the telecentre’s basic ICT course. More

22-08-2005 (New Delhi) - The founder and coordinator of a UNESCO-supported community multimedia centre in Nepal was recently recognized for his contribution in disseminating information to society by innovatively using simple and cheap audiovisual technology. More

09-08-2005 (Maputo) - A CD-ROM on malaria prevention has won the first prize for production of digital content awarded by a national jury under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Mozambique. More

01-07-2005 (Paris) - Lismas Julius is an IT Trainer at the Sengerema Community Multimedia Centre in Tanzania, one of the CMCs supported by UNESCO and giving communities in developing countries access to information and communication services. Like other CMCs, Sengerema combines a community radio station with the infrastructure of a telecentre that offers access to ICTs and short computer training courses to locals. More

24-06-2005 (Paris) - UNESCO this week installed the first of the new community multimedia centres it is establishing in Mali as part of a scale-up initiative also involving Mozambique and Senegal. The first of the new centres were installed in Niéna and San, respectively 300 and some 400 kilometres east of the capital Bamako. Within the next two weeks, CMCs will also be installed in Goundam, Banamba and Yelimane. More

22-06-2005 (Paris) - The Koutiala CMC in Mali has its first high speed Internet connection via local wireless loop, allowing it to become a mini Internet service provider for the locality. “We will provide two factories, two local NGOs and a cybercafé with a link”, commented CMC manager Mohamed Sylla, “This will enable us to cover the costs of the connection”. More

16-06-2005 (Accra) - Two community multimedia centres supported by UNESCO in Uganda reaped the rewards of their efforts to impact at the grassroot level earlier this month, when they dominated the UNICEF Children's Broadcasting Day Awards. "This is a milestone for community radio", commented Nabweru CMC manager Edward Juuko as he collected two prizes. The competition, which assessed the best dramatic program and the best participatory programming, attracted entries from a number of both commercial and community radios. More

15-06-2005 (New Delhi) - Lumbini Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) has recently organized a one-day orientation programme for blind and visually-impaired students of Shri Shanti Model Secondary School in Manigram, a village in Western Nepal. Shri Shanti local government school has about 850 students twenty-eight of which are either blind or visually impaired. More

06-06-2005 (Paris) - "We welcome the opportunity to use this research methodology – for the first time in Africa – as we think that it will be an important tool in providing better access to new information and communication technologies,” said Monsieur Adama Kansaye, the prefect of Koutiala, during the inauguration of a workshop on ethnographic action research. “We hope in particular that it will improve the access of women to these technologies in the course of fighting poverty.” More

27-05-2005 (Paris) - President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique will cut the ribbon at the new Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Chokwe later today, 27 May, as part of UNESCO’s CMC scale up initiative for 20 such centres across the country, combining community radio and telecentre facilities. Also present at the opening ceremony will be the head of the UNESCO Maputo office, Mr Benoit Sossou. More

13-05-2005 (Paris) - The first Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Mozambique to be opened as part of UNESCO’s multi-country scale up initiative was inaugurated on 9 May in Xinavane. The ribbon was cut by Mozambique’s Minister of Science and Technology, Venancio Massingue. More

02-05-2005 (Paris) - A study carried out by the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS), indicates that people surveyed in Mali, Ghana and Senegal appreciate African language broadcasts, want more programming in African languages and consider them to have a number of positive impacts. The study was funded by UNESCO within the framework of the Community Multimedia Centre programme. More

11-04-2005 (Paris) - The scale-up of Community Multimedia Centres in Mali has been given a boost by a new cooperation agreement between Helen Keller International Mali (HKI) and the UNESCO Bamako Office. “It makes great sense to join forces and I hope that we will be able to extend our cooperation to related activities, in particular those involving people with disabilities”, commented HKI Mali director Lina Mahy. More

04-04-2005 (Paris) - One of the most popular modules in the Multimedia Training Kit, a partnership initiative championed by UNESCO, is proving to be the ICT policy course further developed as part of the CATIA (Catalyzing Access to Technology in Africa) Programme. More

29-03-2005 (Kingston) - During the week of 7 to 12 March 2005, 15 villagers of Gunsi, a rural community in Suriname, attended a weeklong training workshop in ICT applications for community development, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with VILCOMM International, the Jamaican training consultants of the project. More

17-03-2005 (Paris) - UNESCO and OneWorld International have announced a partnership to introduce a participatory evaluation methodology into the francophone Western Africa country of Mali. This project comes within the framework of UNESCO’s Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) scale-up initiative and OneWorld’s Open Knowledge Network (OKN). More

16-03-2005 (Paris) - Chinyere Ljomah, founder and project officer of the Youth Repositioning Foundation in Nigeria, came across the MultiMedia Training Kit (MMTK) whilst browsing the UNESCO website. Aided by her background in mass communication, she was inspired to use the training kit in her seminars. “The MMTK was very useful to me in packaging my workshops and seminars and also evaluating the effectiveness of these programmes”, she explained. More

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03-02-2005 (Paris) - Namma Dhwani, a community information centre in Budhikote near Bangalore in India, that is based on a cable radio network established with support from UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) has won the Yeomans Award for local content (Asia Category). More

01-02-2005 (Paris) - French language units have been added for the first time to the Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK), a comprehensive suite of open-access, interactive, learning modules covering organizational, management, content production and issue-based training, for community multimedia centres (CMCs), community radio stations and telecentres. More

24-01-2005 (New Delhi) - "Radio cannot be replaced as the main media tool for development," said Florangel Rosario Braid in her opening address at a National Convention on Community Radio held in the Philippines between January 17 and 23. Ms Braid is reputed journalist, communication scholar and the Chair of the Communication Committee of the UNESCO National Commission for the Philippines. More

18-01-2005 (Paris) - Banikoara Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Benin has provided many essential services to the large but isolated local community in this cotton-growing region since 2002, but until recently, it was hampered by poor Internet connectivity. More

12-01-2005 (Paris) - Before the community multimedia centre (CMC) opened in Koutiala, Mali’s second largest industrial town, the only local paper in the N’ko alphabet was painstakingly written out by hand. Just 20 copies of each issue of the Bambara-language “Sindjiya” were made. More

11-01-2005 (Paris) - The National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Delhi, the Open Knowledge Network (OKN) and UNESCO announce a partnership to develop a new software tool – to be called Open eNRICH - for the creation and exchange of locally relevant knowledge within and between communities in developing countries. More

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