07. Pan-Commonwealth Forum 7 (PCF7), 2013
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PublicationCoastal Community Resource Center: An Open Education Platform( 2013-11) Mishra, JyotsnaAfter the Super-cyclone in 1999, the coastal people in Orissa, who were hit hard, received a valuable lesson in the uncertainty of nature. Our Coastal Community Resource Center (CCRC) project, since then, has introduced a good number of people friendly programs to inform, educate and equip them to wise use the coastal wetland and marine resources, more particularly the mangroves. The mangroves protect the people from the harmful effects of cyclones, tsunamis, crocodiles, and flooding. They help to build up soil and stop coastal erosion as well as providing a safety net and food security. Our CCRC project experiments and provides opportunities for communities to voice their observations, experiences and concerns to support community-level research and educational activities related to climate change, highlighting the role of local knowledge, practices and coping strategies to achieve the goals of the Forum to build recognition of their unique knowledge and expertise. // The actions include: 1. Expanding access to knowledge using ICT/ ODL on health education and care. 2. Making education and adequate nutrition a priority so that children can grow up to lead healthy and productive lives. 3. Providing skills training and support for small entrepreneurs to increase opportunities for employment and income generation. 4. Protecting the environment, to ensure that natural resources are conserved and renewed for future generations. 5. Addressing gender inequality, to increase opportunities for women and to ensure that they have a say in decisions that affect the lives of themselves and their children. 6. Strengthening the role and capacity of local organizations, to make communities more self-sufficient. 7. The practiced strategies are to educate the coastal-poor on the wise-use of natural coastal wetland –marine resources. 8. The CCRC translates the missions with a slogan “connecting community with knowledge” // Paper ID: 90
PublicationThe Jeffrey Town Model for Community Development( 2013-11) Gordon, Ivy VThis paper will set out to show how the Jeffrey Town model for community development has been effectively applied to the deep rural community of Jeffrey Town in Jamaica, hence the Jeffrey Town Model with ICT as a key element. It will discuss the facets of the farmers association the vehicle that has led the process and driven the change. It will give a brief outline of the community history and highlight the tangible and intangible result components of the model and the effect they have had on the process. The upgrading of infrastructure, social activities and beautification work have their place and other examples will include the application of ICT through multimedia, community radio and free Wi Fi access linked to the alternative energy used for sustainability and the climate change mitigation steps being applied throughout the districts. Special attention will be paid to the investment in the human capital through training in order to be able to now successfully access and use open and distance learning models including those being supported by the Commonwealth Of Learning starting with basic computer literacy classes for the volunteer group to use the technology; securing facilitators willing to help build the capacity of local youth without exploitation so that real empowerment could begin. It will show collaborative partnerships with common aims and the best use of local expertise to create award winning community learning programmes that have engendered social change. Jeffrey Town is a success story validating the modern development assistance programmes whereby communities are empowered and shown how to help themselves, allowed to select their own imperatives and in this case redressing some of those difficulties in the area of maternal health, social issues and environmental management with superb results. This presentation will cite the practical steps COL has supported in the wider picture and occasions where the integrated approach to development shown in the Jeffrey Town Model is recommended. // Paper ID: 261