Review of CD-Rom  Applications for Learning and Development
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This project is one example of UNESCO’s efforts to contribute to the process of creating open learning communities, by facilitating ICT-based content development processes in community centres in Mozambique (Manhiça) and South Africa (Alexandra Township).

Due to Internet access limitations (cost, infrastructures), we recognised quite early that communities would opt for CD-ROMs rather than Internet, as the most reliable means of sharing content and facilitating learning

A survey on ICT application packages addressing development and learning needs that could be relevant to the work of this project was conducted. The examples illustrate various methods of electronic information and training modalities, such as web-based, interactive, 3D, graphical/audio/text-based applications, including the use of local languages, images and traditions. They will help the country teams to select appropriate technology and methods for the CD-ROM applications to be developed. The idea is to develop packages using participatory methodologies, which involve the communities in planning, content identification, presentation, etc… thereby seeking to ensure that the packages are pertinent, useful and accessible to the communities. These packages will be broadly disseminated (SADC countries).

Over 25 applications ranging from agricultural databases for livestock and crop production to banking software for micro-credit operations were found. But as our project seeks to involve as wide a cross-section of the community as possible, especially women and youth, we felt that the focus and issues addressed by many of these packages was too limited.

We therefore selected the seven examples below for review to illustrate some “best practices.” They were produced in and for contexts in Africa and South America, which seemed relevant to the local contexts involved in this project.

The review considered aspects such as:
  • Level of literacy required
  • Use of local languages
  • Use of context specific sounds and images
  • Possibility to learn individually and collectively
  • Interactivity
  • User group(s)
  • Types of technology used

    ALMA - African Language Material ArchivesEducation
    School and university students, non-African students and scholars of African languages, teachers of African languages- WARC
    - UNESCO
    - AODL
    - CAORC
    Digital Development AnthologiesEducation
    Information centres serving grass-roots users, public libraries, multimedia centres, librarians and information officers- UNESCO
    - DANIDA
    - Human Info
    Electronic Library SeriesEducationTeachers and teacher educatorsIICBA/UNESCO
    Enlace Quiche ProjectEducation
    Pre- and in-service teachers promoting Mayan languages
    Persons seeking guidance to develop language training programmes
    - Enlace Quiche Project
    - USAID
    - Learnlink
    Rural Hygiene in Africa - Nakaseke Virtual RealityEducation
    Children and youth,
    Illiterate and literate people
    - UNESCO
    - Naledi 3D Factory
    Rural Women in Africa: Ideas for
    Earning Money
    BusinessWomen with minimal education and local or English language fluency- IWTC

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