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Digital Opportunities for Africa: Community Multimedia Centres

12-06-2003 ()
Digital Opportunities for Africa: Community Multimedia Centres
Kids presenter in Senegal
A pan-African Symposium on Community Multimedia Centres opens today in Dakar, Senegal. The aim of the six-day meeting, organised by UNESCO in collaboration with AMARC Africa, the Africa Section of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters is to forge a strategy for larger-scale Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) development in Africa.
A community multimedia centre combines community radio with telecentre facilities to offer a communication and information platform for grass-roots development.

Some 40 managers of CMCs, radio stations and telecentres from across Africa are attending a four-day workshop. This will be followed by a roundtable of international partners from development agencies, foundations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The focus of the meeting is on exchanging experiences and comparing models and approaches. The symposium will identify needs and recommend measures to meet these needs for successful project implementation. It will also formulate recommendations for a coherent programmatic approach to CMC development in Africa that can serve as a rallying point for all partners and stakeholders including donors.

The first CMCs in Africa opened their doors 18 months ago, offering computer training, email and office services such as scanning, fax and document binding. Radio programmes explain and publicise the telecentre services. In a second phase of project development, the CMCs will offer a range of learning opportunities and services specifically designed to meet local development needs.

AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement, with almost 3 000 members and associates in 106 countries. Its goal is to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along the principals of solidarity and international cooperation.
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