A 3 day workshop will gather around 30 practitioners
of the Caribbean Telecenters, in Santo Domingo dates 20-22 July
206, with the objective to create a regional wide framework of
exchange, learning and collective action, in order contribute to
their strengthening as a tool for the human development of the
rural and/or urban marginal communities.
The workshop is organized by Fundación
TAIGUEY, with the collaboration and support of Telecentres.org (an
IDRC, SDC, and Microsoft joint venture), The Institute
for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA), UNESCO
Cluster Office for the Caribbean, the
UNDP (Community Resource and Internet Centers (CoRICs) Programme,
the INDOTEL (Gov.
of the Dominican Republic), the Community
Technology Centers programme of the Dominican Rep First Lady
Office, and The CarISnet.org project
- In Wikipedia.org:
A telecentre is a public place where people can access computers,
the Internet and other technologies that help them gather information
and communicate with others at the same time as they develop
digital skills. While each telecentre is different, the common
focus is on the use of technologies to support community and
social development — reducing isolation, bridging the digital
divide, promoting health issues, creating economic opportunities,
reaching out to youths. Telecentres exist in almost every country
on the planet, although they sometimes go by different names
(e.g. village knowledge centres, infocentres, community technology
centres, community multimedia centres or schoolbased telecentres).
We also understand they are a facility for community (shared)
ICTs and its services, enabling its potential uses for the human/social
of the communities Telecenters can be "owned" by community,
government, private business or non for profit entity, but all
must have a social/ mission/objective. Usually they are located
in poor rural, or urban marginal areas were traditional private
service operators do not feel that providing access to ICTs is profitable.
Caribbean countries and territories considered: Antigua,
Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman
Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Guadeloupe,
Guyana, Guyane Française, Grenada, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands
Antilles, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, ST Vincent and the
Grenadines, ST Lucia, Stt Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, USVI.