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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.


Forthcoming Tonga.Online Stakeholder Workshops + ICT4D Seminar
Tuesday, 30 August 2005 00:00

Empowering Local Communities and Improving Local Government through ICT:
When Horizont3000 carried out the Tonga.Online project Impact assessment in 2004 there was a strong recommendation addressing Binga Highschool and the local authorities at Binga District level, especially the District Education Officer / MINEC: "The Binga RDDC (through the appropriate RDDC committee) needs to assume a policy facilitative role and this can be done by mainstreaming computer development in the overall district development plans.

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Binga ITC progressing
Sunday, 14 November 2004 00:00
Access for All - Since the closure of the Business Opportunity Centre (BOC), the Binga ITC is once again the only public access to IT in Binga. A new advertising thrust is being made to fill the gap left by the closure of BOC. Services available include evening Internet access, computer use, typing service, scanning, printing and digital photography.
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3rd Binga ITC stakeholders seminar
Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:00

The purpose of the 3rd Binga ITC stakeholders seminar was to review the progress of the Tonga.Online project so far, particularly its outreach and extension. The advent of computers in Binga has not only contributed to uplifting education but also provided better access to information and communication for the community at large. Two more Telecenters are in the project pipeline for Sianzyundu Secondary and Siachilaba Primary School, where electrification is around the corner.

 

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Binga Highschool alumni forum coming up
Saturday, 22 March 2003 00:00
MAPONA! Greetings to all from Binga, where it is hot again, after a few days of cool rain from Cyclone Japhet! Thanks to the interest you have shown, we are now collecting contact information for a database of ex-scholars of Binga Sec/Highschool. Headmaster Similo Ncube confirms that the idea of forming an association has been there for some time, and we are now able to use information technology to make contact and stay in touch with each other. Once we have advertised and identified interested former students, we can get together and decide how the association should operate.
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