In message <[log in to unmask]>Carleton Chinner writes
>> What does this have to do with internet service in Zambia?
>Nothing. The designator .ZA is the international code for South
Ah well, so much for the ``Africa Experts'' :-)-O
>> This is only one of the areas of huge disappointment coming up in S.A. What
>> the gov't wishes to accomplish (housing, education, etc. etc. etc. etc.)
>> will take decades, in a peaceful environment. Let's hope peace continues,
>> so more and more people can realize at least some of their dreams.
>I fully agree. Unfortunately politicians are wont to make rash
>promises. More so during the run up to regional elections like now.
>Expect to see a lot more violence, as the have nots express thier
>frustration with a system that moves far too slowly.
Well, we do have you guys behind the Orange river 5 years
advantage. Our progress was/is slow. However the marginalized
populations notices what has improved for them, you'll see on your
next national elections...
>>... Computer technology may not be a pressing need.
>>Besides the hardware, and the knowledge of how to use
>> them, there is the problem of telephone line access.
>Basic services are a far more pressing need, but without access to
>the international knowledge pool, we would have to invent solutions
>on our own. While South Africans are very proud of the technology
>developed in isolation, collaboration does make it easier.
Internet Technology in ZA is absolutely standard but extremly
>> So do you think the internet is going to solve the illiteracy problem in
>> Africa? Do you think it will improve basic health care, on a practical,
>> day-to-day level?
>Consider how the invention of the oral saline solution saved
>thousands of lives in Africa, just one such idea spread by the net
>will make it worth having. As for illiteracy, we would not have
>beeen able to make the strides we have, without the participation of world
>experts in things like adult education and user interfaces for
In Zambia some district hospitals do their drug ordering via
email, improving efficiency and lowering costs. Literature
retrieval works very well on email. Illiteracy is not the issue,
improving existing schools so that more students graduate, and
well enough to take up the available bursaries. Thta's the issue.
>> Mind boggling. What is the SOS Children's Village? Exactly what effects do
>> you personally think this will have on the average child?
>SOS Children's Villages are a non profit project that takes care of
>abandoned children. That's about all I know of them. Exposing
>young minds to the fact that there are other cultures, might in the
>long term allow for greater understanding between our own cultures.
>Again, the effect of just one child who grows into another Mandela
>because of exposure to the net, would make it worth having.
I missed that one. But The SOS school in Mamelodi has an email
partner school in Milwaukee and the kids communicate regularily.
Not just for fun but also for assignments. It has apparently
improved motivation quite a bit...
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