[Telecentres] RE: Digital Bookmobile - Uganda

Richard Koman richard at anywherebooks.org
Fri Oct 29 10:21:22 BST 2004

Thanks, Don.

I think the project is in "hiatus" stage as the initial funding has ended
and I'm not sure what the ability is in Uganda to sustain it. The problem
has long been sustainability and the startup funding to get stuff off the
ground. We think there's a great application of health materials, as well as
indigenous. The current set of content, however, English-language childrens
literature seems less powerful.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Donald Z. Osborn [mailto:dzo at bisharat.net]
> Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 10:59 PM
> To: A12n-forum at bisharat.net; telecentres at wsis-cs.org
> Cc: richard at anywherebooks.org; bdegraf at anywherebooks.org
> Subject: Digital Bookmobile - Uganda
> I've been interested in a couple of things that this project
> brings together: 1)
> "mobile telecenters" (although the Bookmobile apparently does not have
> connectivity or access to static internet content) and 2) using
> telecenters in
> part as printing presses. Also of interest is the attention that
> the project is
> giving to indigenous language material. A very nice use of ICT to
> address local
> learning needs.
> Don Osborn
> Bisharat.net
> Digital Bookmobile - Uganda
> This project uses print-on-demand technology to distribute books
> to people of
> all reading levels in Uganda, including children affected by war.
> A Bookmobile
> travels to rural villages, where children and adults can select
> books from a
> digital database and participate in the printing and binding process. The
> project aims to boost reading levels and adult literacy, publish
> in indigenous
> languages, circulate teaching materials and create jobs.
> http://www.comminit.com/africa/experiences/pds62004/experiences-2579.html
> Contact Richard Koman richard at anywherebooks.org
> [Seen in the SANTEC October 2004 Information Update No. 5, 29 Oct. 2004]
> The project website is:
> http://www.anywherebooks.org/gulureport.php

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