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2012 june 20 Final Cdpeace Presentation in the Natcom Conference copy2

  1. 1. Connecting Rural Sierra Leone with ICT: The Case of cdpeace Internet Pilot Project in Mapaki, Paki Masabong Chiefdom A Presentation at the 7th Annual Connecting Rural Communities Africa Forum Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building Freetown, Sierra Leone June 20 – 22, 2012 By Thomas Mark Turay, PhD Executive Director & Co-founder Centre for Development and Peace Education www.cdpwace.org
  2. 2. Date of Installation and Connection Friday, December 28, 2007
  3. 3. Connection VSAT with 1.2 m Antenna
  4. 4. Service Provider Ketraco, Freetown, Sierra Leone http://www.ketraco.com/index.html
  5. 5. Speed 512 kbs Download, 128 kbs Upload, Contention Ratio 10:1
  6. 6. Typical Ratings 300 kbs Download, 60-70 kbs Upload; ping: 500-700ms
  7. 7. Electrical Supply Small Solar Photo-voltaic System to Run the Trans-receiver Modem and Several Computers
  8. 8. The Installation Process Contributions from Community Volunteers
  9. 9. Community Elders in Mapaki Participating as Volunteers
  10. 10. A Dream Come True: Internet System Installation Process Completed on December 28, 2007
  11. 11. Solar Panels’ Installation at the Library
  12. 12. Yes, Cyberspace is Connected with Mapaki in Rural Sierra Leone
  13. 13. Commissioning of the cdpeace Pilot Internet Project for its Targeted Rural Communities in Sierra Leone By Commissioners and Staff of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) Friday April 1, 2011
  14. 14. Key Dignitaries at the Commissioning Ceremony • P. C. Masapaki Kabombor II • NATCOM Commissioners and Staff • Canadian Partners: Professor William Egnatoff, Queens University, Canada & His Wife Joan and Teacher Candidates – • cdpeace Executive Director & Co-founder – Dr. Thomas Mark Turay • Section Chiefs and Community Elders • Women and Youth Leaders • NGO Representatives • Principals and Head Teachers of Local Schools
  15. 15. P. C. Kabombor II Welcoming Guests at the Commissioning Ceremony
  16. 16. Commissioner Saidu Turay, NATCOM, Giving the Keynote Address
  17. 17. Blessings from NATCOM: Commissioner Richard Kargbo, Cutting the Ribbon at the Library
  18. 18. Guests Touring the Library and Internet Facility During the Commissioning Ceremony
  19. 19. Guests Touring the Library and Internet Facility During the Commissioning Ceremony
  20. 20. Access The Facility is Available in two Buildings in Mapaki, a Guest House and a Community Library
  21. 21. Ancillary Equipment • Laptop Computers • Data Projector • Screen • Wireless Router • 24-port Switch • Ethernet Cable Linking Guest House and Library
  22. 22. Ownership The Facility is Owned and Operated by the Centre for Development and Peace Education(cdpeace), a Sierra Leonean NGO based in the village of Mayagba, Paki- Masabong Chiefdom, Bombali District. cdpeace is dedicated to training for rural capacity building in education, agriculture, leadership, conflict transformation, and other aspects of peaceful community development.
  23. 23. Assistance/Caring of the Facilities Assistance in Caring for the Facility and Ancillary Resources is very ably Provided in Mapaki by Kouame Maxime, who also serves as one of the Community Librarians
  24. 24. Usage • cdpeace makes Extensive use of the Facility to Support its own Operations Ccommunication, including Collaboration with its Canadian Partners. • cdpeace also Makes the Resource Available at no Charge to the Community for Purposes of Communication and Research Related to Development. • The Resource is used by Community Groups, School Children and their Teachers, and Visitors Working in the Community.
  25. 25. Internet Users Samples from the Local Community and Schools
  26. 26. P. C. Masapaki Kabombor II Enroute to Cyberspace
  27. 27. P. C. Masapaki Kabombor II Browsing the Internet and Creating ICT Awareness Among Students and Kids
  28. 28. Mabinty Maxime, Teacher who Benefited from cdpeace T.C Distance Education Programme, Introducing Young Girls to ICT
  29. 29. Female Students from the Junior Sec. School, Mapaki, Browsing the Internet
  30. 30. Internet Caretaker and Technician, Kouame Maxime, Teaching Male Students in The Junior Sec. Sch., Mapaki, How to Use the Internet
  31. 31. Video Camera Recoding by Junior High School Students in Mapaki
  32. 32. Junior Sec. School Students from Mapaki on a Study Visit to the Library and Internet Facility
  33. 33. Mapaki Children and Erin Draper -Teacher Candidate, Queens University, Canada Gathering for a Cyberspace Experience at the Mapaki Community Library
  34. 34. Connecting cdpeace-supported Schools with Canadian Schools School Networking Project Facilitated by the Internet facility
  35. 35. School Networking Project Between Sierra Leonean and Canadian School Communities Facilitated by the Internet Facility Through: • Email Exchanges • Use of a Shared wiki, • An Online Space only for the Participating Schools to Publish Information and Pictures and video about their work. • Online Conferences Using Eluminate Live! and or Skype
  36. 36. Internet Providing an Opportunity for Sierra Leonean Schools to Network with Canadian Schools
  37. 37. Canadian Youths Led by 14-Year Old Logan MacGillvray (white shirt with cap) Documenting School Networking Activities in Canada
  38. 38. Maso Community School Supported with Sports Materials and School Supplies by a Sister School in Canada
  39. 39. School Networking through Sports: A Donation from Logan’s Basket Ball Team in Bedford, NS, Canada
  40. 40. cdpeace Co-founder and Director of International Partnerships Enjoying a Basket Ball Game at Mayagba
  41. 41. Peace Education Through Story Telling: Sierra Leonean and Canadian Students Sharing Peace Stories An Eluminate Live! Experience
  42. 42. Dr. William J. Egnatoff, Running the Online conference between Mapaki and Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, during the Internet Commissioning Event
  43. 43. Canadian Teacher, Peter Menzies explained a dogsled race. A girl pupil in Mapaki asked why the dogs wore shoes
  44. 44. Peace Story Telling: Eluminate Live with Robert Service School in Canada and Students of Mapaki
  45. 45. Community Participants in the Teleconference between Mapaki Teachers and Students, and Teachers and Students of Dawson City-Arctic Bay, Canada
  46. 46. Eluminate Live! Students from Mapaki Sharing Peace Stories with Students in Yukon, Canada
  47. 47. History and Commentary • The Service was Envisaged by Dr. William J. Egnatoff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada, who first visited Mapaki on Friday October 13-Saturday October 14, 2006 with Dr. Charles Emmrys, clinical psychologist and cdpeace collaborator, of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and with Peter Koroma, Director, Partners in Adult Education, Freetown and Chair of the Board of Directors of cdpeace. The idea arose in discussions they had concerning their work with Sierra Leonean partners on the use of information and communication technology to support education in schools and community.
  48. 48. Financial Support • The facility, including installation and service costs, has been supported since its initiation by an anonymous Canadian donor. The electrical system and ancillary media equipment was provided by a variety of donors.
  49. 49. Why Internet at Mapaki? • In this ICT Age and Globalized World, Internet has become a Right for Everyone • “The world is moving towards an information society” (Hon. Hon. Goerge M. Khaniri, 2012) • Carolyn van Gurp, Former cdpeace Canadian Volunteer from Peaceful Schools International (Former cdpeace Canadian Partner) summarizes why an Internet Facility at Mapaki is Essential:
  50. 50. Carolyn van Gurp Provides the Following Reasons: • 10% literacy rate • No electricity • Virtually no books • To exchange emails with the ‘outside’ world. • To enable young people to document community events via video and edit these on the multi-media laptop, to share with the community • To promote community development guided by community members working collaboratively (Source: Library/Media Centre/Technology: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/cvangurp/Technology)
  51. 51. Goals for the Internet • To facilitate networking between school communities in Canada and Sierra Leone. • To enable students/pupils and their teachers in the two countries to come to understand how their lives are connected. • To develop teaching resources that will support peace education • To make the world a better place by reaching across the globe to make new neighbours through the Internet stories of how we are learning to live peacefully in our own communities.
  52. 52. Our Greatest Internet Challenge • Our Anonymous Canadian Donors have indicated that they Cannot assure us of funding after 2012 due to financial constraints they are Facing • cdpeace does not have the funds to maintain the facility because it depends solely on funds generated from its Consultancies to support staff salaries and administrative costs
  53. 53. Conclusion: Sincere Gratitude to: • God for His Financial Miracle to Sustain our Internet after our Donors’ Contributions end • Our Canadian Donors and Partners for their material and financial support • NATCOM for Inviting us to this Forum and for Recognizing our Modest Contribution to Connecting our Rural Communities Locally and Globally • The Ministry of Information and Communication and the Government of Sierra Leone for Making the Fibre Optic Cable Facility, a Dream Come True to our Beloved Sierra Leone • The organizers and funders of this forum for making this unique day possible. May God bless us all!
  54. 54. OUR WEBSITE www.cdpeace.org Thank You