Adrian Carey makes a good point about the information that exists in Africa
but tends to be overlooked. He writes:
>Whilst involved in a project in Uganda in January 1995, I had the
>opportunity to look through a number of Masters degree dissertations at
>Makerere University. The project advised the Ministry of Education and Sport
>(MOES) that it had a treasure house of materials produced by Ugandans about
>Uganda that remained untapped.
As African universities develop Web pages, more such information will be
available throughout Africa to the rest of the world and TO AFRICANS. In
Adrian's example, not only did other Ugandan educators not know about these
theses, neither did educators anywhere else on the continent. So Africans
keep importing books from the north, while local resources go unused.
If African nations are going to take their place in the information industry,
they can begin by looking at resources they already have that are going
unused. We tend to view Africa as this basket case that needs to be saved.
And in fact the continent has many problems, but it also has resources. IT
may be one avenue for making those resources both more visible and more
Formerly University of Namibia
Currently University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point