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Binga Secondary
Binga High School, Private Bag 5722, Binga, Zimbabwe
Tel: (015-358)
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Headmaster: Similo Ncube
Teachers i/c ITC: Blessmore Zele Siasweka and Stanford Muchineripi

Objectives/Mission Statement

To offer enhanced education and improved quality of life for the Binga community through access to information and communications via computers and the Internet.

Services Offered

  • Computer use
  • Access to Internet
  • Training courses
  • Printing
  • Typing and design service
  • music recording
  • scanning

Background Information

The Binga community has enjoyed a close working relationship with the Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association (Austria) and Kunzwana Trust (Harare)since 1999.The Tonga.Online project is one of the outcomes of cultural exchange activities over the last ten years. The Binga ITC was established in February 2001, officially opened by the Minister of Information Professor Jonathan Moyo. and enjoys the support and custom of a wide cross section of the Binga community, from teachers and students to fishermen and doctors. Binga ITC are proud to have given Introduction to Computers training to over 400 individuals to date.
Fifteen computers are networked together with a scanner and printer, and access is offered to all people of the community, regardless of race, age, gender, tribal background or religious or political affiliation.

The Binga Studio at the Binga ITC was established with a donation of hardware and software from AZFA and the Austrian jazz group Windhund, who visited in 2002 and generated a lot of attention for the project and rich cultural exchange for all musicians involved, in Victoria Falls, Binga, Siachilaba, Bulawayo and Harare. The aim of the studio is to offer the opportunity for recording and documentation of traditional music styles which are in danger of disappearing, and encouraging young Tonga musicians the opportunity to develop in line with their urban counterparts.

Donors, Partners & Stakeholders

The Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association source and procure hardware and software for the project. They also provided funding for the refurbishment of the classroom, electrical fittings, security, installation of computers, networking and training. Kunzwana Trust are the local coordinator on behalf of AZFA.

Partners of the Binga ITC through the Tonga.Online project, are

* World Links for Development - technical support and teachers
* Horizont3000 - technical support
* Arachnid Holdings - installations and networking


Major stakeholders include local authorities, teachers, students, community craftspeople, musicians, traders and fishermen.


Computers for Binga Library: IT Public Access Point and books handed over
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 08:27

On the 27th of October 2011, Basilwizi Trust handed over the ICT Public Access Point (PAP) at Binga Library to Binga Rural District Council in a bid to improve information access in the district. Basilwizi is an organisation operating in Binga with an objective of developing Tonga communities. It has taken over the Tonga.Online project after it was realised that its funding base has dwindled. The Public Access Point will afford the local community access to information through internet services. The Binga Rural District Council accommodated the PAP facilities in the community library for convenience of the local population.

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Strategic Planning Seminar in Binga
Friday, 25 August 2006 00:00

July 2006 was a very busy month for Tonga.Online with preparations for and the conduct of a strategic planning seminar with project partners visiting from Austria and Harare, namely Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association (AZFA), HORIZONT3000, HIVOS, and Kunzwana Trust. The seminar was held for project review and strategic planning involving all key players and stakeholders for the further development of the ICT project in the Binga District.

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Good news from Binga
Saturday, 18 February 2006 00:00

Hi out there, I project yabuka bwiimbili. I am reaching you from Binga ITC where all 15 computers are networked and connected to the internet. The public is now flowing in. What a success right in the beginning of the progressive year for Binga. Our prayer is that telone manages stabilising the services. Thanks, tweende tubone.
David Mungombe 

 
Binga ICT4D Seminar
Sunday, 06 November 2005 00:00

 In the second half of September the yearly project visit by AZFA, Horizont3000 and Kunzwana Trust successfully came through. A number of meetings were held in Harare, Bulawayo and in Binga with Local Authorities, Management Committees and stakeholders of Syanzyundu, Siachilaba and Binga ITCs. Binga Rural District Development Committee and its Science and Technology Subcommittee invited for an "ICT for Development" Seminar to summarise the findings of a series of ITC stakeholder workshops and to work out a strategy on the way forward:

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