"I am Africa. This is my story..." National University of Lesotho Student 1

"I am Africa. This is my Story..." YouTube digital Story contest sponsored by UNESCO Power of Peace Network and Chrysalis Campaign
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The National University of Lesotho
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Telephone : +266 2234 0601
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Comment by Richard C Close on April 6, 2011 at 11:05pm

Warren

I was in the background when she gave this story. There are many just like hers. 

Acccess varies greatly in Africa and it is getting better every day. However the pay as you go plans through Africa make it extremely expensive.

The other issue is the people of Africa understanding of how the Internet can be used. We did a presentation of an education portal that has over 10,000 free education web site off my laptop with a G3 Cell stick in Lesotho and the system was great. The village chiefs and youth immediately understood how this would shatter the boundries of poverty for their small village.

Once the village understand what it can do for them in a local context the demand will go out to the villages.

The key is not in the Technology the key is the community understanding it in a local context.

In both Zambia and Lesotho Chiefs and educator came to the conclusion that it is not about finding jobs that are not there. It is about business creation and upgrading businesses from micro economic to small business and small businesses to medium size business. This girl defines that amazing African will I love so much.

We are working with the University on developing Community Learning Centers that will be designed to create these businesses-jobs.

FYI Great magazine you put out.

Richard

Comment by Warren Master on April 6, 2011 at 6:37pm
Good interview. I wonder what kind of Internet access this young mother has and how e-governance could help her, her family and other young people in Lesotho move forward and improve their lives - for example, continuing their education, finding a job, etc.
Comment by Richard C Close on March 29, 2011 at 8:58pm

Great Story 

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