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    The Emerging Phenomenon Of Community Knowledge Centers In Africa

    3BL Media

    by 3BL Media

    By Hital Muraj Corporate Affairs Manager, Cisco Systems

    In today's world access to digital information is must be a basic human right and is a necessity for economic viability. Unfortunately, Africa is disadvantaged compared to other continents because of its lack of a reliable broadband infrastructure. The rural poor have been left out of many stages in the development process due to their lack of information and communications.

    Ninety percent of rural Africa lives without electricity and majority of the population have to walk many miles to overcrowded schools without desks to learn. Few communities have libraries or resource centres and are thus socially and economically deprived of the much-needed resources of information, even information about their own country! There is no sense of belonging to the wider global village.

    Cisco is working with non-profit organizations, local communities, Government leaders and International Partners like Inveneo, OGE and AppleSeeds Academ