Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves

Tablet test: Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop Per Child, describes experiments involving children in Ethiopia at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference. With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing […]

‘Wi-fi networks must be removed from schools’ teachers insist

Wireless ‘wi-fi’ technology should be removed from schools to prevent millions of children suffering a heightened risk of cancer and sterility, teachers have demanded. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers called for classroom wireless networks to be suspended immediately until research has properly considered the threat to health. Members said they were concerned by scientific […]

Internet for Rural Paraguay

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of […]

Radio France International talks to Tanzanian rural telecentre pioneer

The Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation (FADECO) has come a long way since 1993, when Joseph Sekiku and friends formed an alliance to help overcome poverty in north-western Tanzania. Starting as a network of people sharing an internet connection, the small telecentre eventually became a computer literacy training station, an internet café, and has […]

Recent Reports Demonstrate Need for Modern Communications

Two recent reports from Survival show how badly communications are needed by remote tribal people. Even the remotest, as yet ‘uncontacted’ tribes are facing annihilation as their forests are being destroyed. November reports from Brasil and Paraguay both tell of uncontacted people fleeing from forest destruction. It is their very remoteness that facilitates the illegal […]