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Background report: An evaluation study of two telecentres after three years of operation. It includes a participaory needs assessment of young people’s and women’s learning needs.

The evaluation study looks at the performance of the Telecentres in Manhiça and Namaacha in general, and asesses their services for community development, in particular, including use and access, information needs, and issues of sustainability.

Quantitative and qualitative data was collected through discussions with focus groups of young people, women and the Local Supervisory Committees (CALs), through questionnaires to telecentre users and the general public, and through interviews with various local companies and institutions.

Priority areas identified for information and learning needs were:

    1. Health: information on how to prevent and combat diseases, particularly malaria, STDs/HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health;
    2. Education: educational information and curricular contents, mainly for young people;
    3. Community life: information on local and national activities, results,
    experiences, social and cultural events;
    4. Employment: job-related information as a priority for women to be active members of the community;
    5. Moral and civic education: Information for women (and men) to assume
    their roles as mothers (parents), building and educating new generations.

The study also addresses:

  • Telecentre sustainability from different perspectives: finance, technical and management capacity, community acceptance, quality service;

  • Ideas and experience as how to transform telecentres into multipurpose learning community centres;

  • Creative Internet use and content development;

  • Management and ownership.

    English (file) Needs assessment MOZ.pdf 996104 bytes (Download Help)
    Document Type Study
    Author(s) Esselina Macome & Carlos Cumbana
    Publisher Eduardo Mondlane University, Science Faculty, Mathematics and information Department
    Publication Location Mozambique
    Publication year 01-12-2002

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