S E A R C H F O R Source of Computers - for Computer Literacy Project
UPDATE ON CONNECTIVITY IN GHANA
Bill (Wilfred Owen, Jr.)[log in to unmask], observes:
Things are moving fast in Ghana and there could be a 128kps VSAT
uplink in Accra as early as April - funded by the African Internet
Forum (IBRD, UNDP, CIDA, USAID and others): implication: full
connectivity in rural Ghana at subsidized rates - at least where there
is a digital automatic exchange and decent outside plant. [After 10
days of data transmission here, I am worried about the very slow
transmission rates. US Embassy asked me to inquire about amplified
drop line to the "info store."(?). Unfortunately, Ghana Telecom here
is just not yet familiar with data transmission.] So Ghana in June
1996 may be a bit different than Ghana today and computer fever will
be spreading by then.
(I recently got) a full briefing on Telecom and Internet investments in
Ghana for 1996 and it is bright: several powerful full internet
providers, privatization of the sector --bids out in March, USAID
policy workshops shortly via Bill Jeffers, Dep Director, Leyland and
Afr. Internet Forum initiatives, use of cellular email now at very
high speeds.... But the appplications and skills are lagging.
Gideon Hayford Chonia (University Of Zurich; GhanaNet)[log in to unmask]
[log in to unmask], writes:
A project Ghana SchoolNET has been initiated with the Ghana Education Service.
To have more insight of this project, browse through our WEB:
...We are building a computing center at Kokomlemle, where repairs and
courses will be given.
We are networking 50 School together by the end of March 1996 as a pilot
installation to E-mail system only.
Full Internet access will be by the end of the year.....
We are still buying the neccessary networking equipments to connect to NCS
I just sent 18 SUNSParc 1+ unix computers for our Academic Computing Center.
COMPUTER LITERACY PROJECT FOR GHANA'S YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
COMPUTER & INTERNET TRAINING WORKSHOPS, OPEN TO ALL
....Any help you might be able to offer on behalf of Ghana's Computer
Literacy Project would be very much appreciated!
Beyond the technical aspect of making **Internet Connectivity** more
accessible in Ghana, there is a great need to find used computers/
peripherals/ office equipment (all types, as listed below).
Older models and equipment in need of repair would also be most welcome!
The "Computer & Internet Training Workshops" provide an innovative
approach to addressing problems of enormous consequences in Africa, in areas
ranging from community development to rural health care to wildlife
management to reforestation.
This project has been undertaken by The Voluntary Workcamps Association of
Ghana (VOLU) - a self-help organization with a 40-year record of Herculean
accomplishment at the grassroots level throughout Ghana. VOLU programs run
the gamut, from building and providing personnel for medical clinics and
schools, to doing wildlife conservation and reforestation.
The Computer Literacy Project is one of VOLU's most ambitious undertakings
Please write or E-Mail to Dr. Osei DARKWA ([log in to unmask]) - the
Computer Literacy Project's Director, on the faculty at the University of
Illinois, Chicago - if more information is needed about this project, about
shipping (i.e., if you are encountering cost problems), or about the
collection effort in the US under sponsorship of Operation Crossroads Africa.
Peace to all for this New Year!
University of California
Former Director, Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc.
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
FOR MORE INFORMATION...IF YOU HAVE IDEAS...OR FOR HELP WITH SHIPPING
Contact Dr. Osei Darkwa (Director of VOLU's Computer Literacy Project)
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
Office number: (312) 996-8508.
Home number: (708) 848-7054
Address: 621 S. Maple
Oak Park, IL 60304