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A Workshop on the SchoolNet Africa Campaign “1 million computers for school children in Africa” will be held on 8-10 October
at SchoolNet Namibia Headquarters, Katutura, and Safari Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia.

At a conference held in Botswana in 2003 hosted by SchoolNet Africa, the African SchoolNets came up with an idea for a campaign: 1 million computers for school children in Africa (1MPC), based on the fact that at least 600 million computers were due for renewal in the first world countries in the coming 5 – 10 years.

With this 1MPC campaign African SchoolNet organisations aim to raise awareness, build capacity and provide computers to millions of African learners at school, as part of an African strategy towards local economic development and the sustainable development of the ICT sector in Africa.

The 1MPC Campaign received public attention in the Netherlands during 2004-2006, following a large-scale donation by one of the major players in the telecom industry. Important NGO’s like IICD and Greenpeace welcomed the 1MPC Campaign. A number of these donated computers have already reached technical service centres in Kenya, Namibia and Uganda, where they were refurbished and distributed amongst urban and rural schools.

SchoolNet Africa presently lacks the capacity and funds to promote and manage the 1MPC Campaign on a wider scale in Africa, in spite of there being plenty of opportunities for computer donations in accordance with social responsibility policy of business in the Netherlands and other first world countries.

Meanwhile, there are new initiatives, such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Negroponte’s One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project and Intel’s Classmate PC geared to shipping several million low cost “child-friendly” computers to learners in Africa in the next decade.

In recognizing that access to ICTs can empower everyone, from schools to businesses and communities, NEPAD and other African ICT Development proponents expect that with sufficient funds, up to 600,000 educational centres; ultimately all African primary and secondary schools, as well as teacher training colleges, will be transformed by ICTs within a realistic time-frame of 15 – 20 years.

source: http://www.schoolnet.na/announcement/workshop/workshop.html
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