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This is the first time that African governments, the private sector, foundations,
development agencies and civil society organisations have come
together for a common ICT project developed and driven by Africans, and for Africa
President Museveni of Uganda
Offers Words of Encouragement to StudentsAfter Officially Launching Africa’s First E-School.
Africa’s first NEPAD e-school is launched in Uganda The first NEPAD e-school on the African continent, — the Bugulumbya Secondary School in Busobya Village in the Kamuli District of Uganda – was launched by Uganda’s President Museveni on 18 July 2005. “The NEPAD initiative is welcome and should be applauded as it is in line with our goals of reducing illiteracy and poverty. This project will not only benefit the people of Bugulumbya but the whole nation”, President Museveni said.
“The Uganda Ministry of Education will definitely carry on with this programme and the Government of Uganda will put aside a budget for it”, he added.
The Bugulumbya school has computers and accessories, server, internet, electricity, mobile telephone booster mast, computer desks, DSTV, e-health facility, and trained teachers.
“This is the first time that African governments, NEPAD and the private sector are cooperating on an ICT project on this scale and scope in the NEPAD framework,” said Dr Henry Chasia, Deputy Executive Chairperson of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission.
“It is through such partnerships that we shall be able to impart modern ICT skills and knowledge to the youth, to enable them to face the challenges of the ever-changing information society and global economy.
“This technology will enable the young people of this village to tap into the global mainstream of information and knowledge, where they will learn and play, expand their imagination and their creativity and collaborate with their peers across the African continent and across the world “, he said.NEPAD e-Schools Initiative scoops global award The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has received the Global Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year 2005 award for its NEPAD e-schools initiative, which is managed by the NEPAD e-Africa Commission. The prestigious award was received by Dr Simeon Adekanye, Nigerian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, at the recent Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) conference in New York. “The scope and intention of NEPAD’s plan, the degree of success NEPAD has had to date in generating both financial support and the private sector’s collaboration, as well as its understanding that satellite communications are key to broadband access in most areas of the world, led ICF’s committee to acknowledge NEPAD in 2005”, read a statement released by ICF during the award ceremony. ICF also noted that, in its effort to connect the schools to the internet, and therefore to the global infrastructure where knowledge workers and future opportunities will be created, NEPAD showed total commitment to leveraging the capabilities of satellite technology. “This is the first time that African governments, the private sector, foundations, development agencies and civil society organisations have come together for a common ICT project developed and driven by Africans, and for Africa”, said Dr Henry Chasia, Deputy Executive Chairperson of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission. “Broadband information and communication technology will be key to the success of our e-Schools Project as we intend to procure satellite capacity in bulk and make it available for the connection of NEPAD e-schools to the internet”, he added.
An Africa-wide satellite network The 10-year NEPAD flagship e-schools initiative involves the establishment of an Africa-wide satellite network that will connect the schools to the internet as well as to points within each country from which educational content will be fed to the schools on a continuous basis. It also involves ICT training of teachers and students, content and curriculum development, community involvement and participation, and establishment of ‘health points’. The NEPAD e-schools demonstration (demo) project has been identified as a critical initial step for the implementation of e-Schools Project. Six schools, from each of the participating countries will initially benefit from the e-schools demo. The countries are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda. The Heads of State Governments will officially launch the first NEPAD e-schools in their respective countries and the first e-school has just been launched in Uganda. The partnership created by the NEPAD e-Africa Commission to fulfill the objectives of the NEPAD ICT Programme is known as the Information Society Partnership for Africa’s Development (ISPAD). Private sector partners leading the consortium for the NEPAD e-schools demonstration program are Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation, satellite operator INMARSAT, Oracle Corporation and Cisco Systems. * The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org) is a special project of the World Teleport Association that focuses on the uses of broadband and information technology for economic development by communities. The ICF conducts research, creates conference content, publishes newsletters and presents annual awards for intelligent community developers. The World Teleport Association is a nonprofit association of teleports, intelligent communities, and their trading partners in 20 nations around the world.
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For more information, contact: Samuel Mikenga, Manager, Public Communications, NEPAD e-Africa Commission Tel: +27 12 841 4083 (office) Tel: +27 725 296 769 (mobile) Fax: +27 12 841 4094 www.eafricacommission.org
posted 1 August 2005
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#10 – Covenant: A Thriller by Brandon Massey
#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva by Ashley and JaQuavis
#12 – Don’t Ever Tell by Brandon Massey
#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide by Ntozake Shange
#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree
#15 – Homemade Loves by J. California Cooper
#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper
#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber
#18 – Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Sidney Molare
#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King
#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey
#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe
#22 Thug Matrimony by Wahida Clark
#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark
#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber
#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter
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#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History by Ahati N. N. Toure
#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley
#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell
#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit by RM Johnson
#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins
#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell
#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard
#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris
#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice
#22 – 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino #23 – Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul by Tom Lagana #24 – 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields
#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class by Lisa B. Thompson
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A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family thats about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrinas inexorable winds is the voice of Wards narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her familys raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brothers blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt. Her fathers hands are like gravel, while her own hand slides through his grip like a wet fish, and a handsome boys muscles jabbered like chickens. Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isnt usually just metaphor for metaphors sake. She conveys something fundamental about Eschs fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, whats salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.
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By Noam Chomsky
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forwardin the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest “real progress toward freedom and justice.” Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. “This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the worldto millions, I suspectfor the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” John Pilger In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism . . .the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us.Publisher’s Weekly
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posted 11 December 2007 / update 11 January 2012