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Title: Innovative ICT solution to steer rural communities to global understanding: a case study from Durban, South Africa
Authors: Greyling, E
Smith, R
Keywords: Digital doorway
Digital library
Rural communities
ICT technology
18th SCECSAL 2008
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Citation: Greyling, E and Smith, R. 2008. Innovative ICT solution to steer rural communities to global understanding: a case study from Durban, South Africa . 18th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL), Lusaka, Zambia, 15-18 July 2008, pp 301-316
Abstract: Rural areas surrounding Durban in kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are characterized by little or no municipal services and fragmented service delivery by other spheres of government. Communities living here typically suffer from high levels of poverty and disease, low levels of economic opportunities and sustainable income, with a real potential to erode key natural asset resources. This paper presents a case study in the harnessing of innovative ICT in order to provide an enabling environment for members of these communities to become part of the global information society. It outlines the proactive and outreaching role of public libraries in collaborative initiatives wit other local institutions in developing digital competencies and providing online information. Informal lifelong education as well as formal curriculum education is targeted. Self-contained robust multi-terminal computer units are deployed at central points in remote rural areas with free unlimited access to all members of the community. Content on the aptly named Digital Doorway units includes the Open Office suite, educational games and programs, interactive science simulations, and a snapshot of the Wikipedia. Health and education curriculum material are continuously updated through a satellite receiver. Small community libraries housed in refurbished shipping containers complement the Digital Doorway units. Together the compact digital library and the container library provide one-stop information shops to remote rural communities. The integrated library service targets learners and tertiary students, focussing on reader education and digital literacy.
Description: 18th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL), Lusaka, Zambia, 15-18 July 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3892
ISSN: 978-9982-9908-0-6
Appears in Collections:ICT in education, youth, gender
Rural infrastructure and services
General science, engineering & technology

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