Bridging the Digital Divide with Internet Connected, Solar Powered, Community Built Hello Hubs

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2022-09
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Mugerwa, David
Sutton, Anna
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Fostering Lifelong Learning [POSTER] // Our paradigm busting solution uses the power of community and the power of connectivity to provide an inclusive, effective and equitable solution to the education gap and the digital divide that is affordable and scalable, with the potential to reach every child. In 2022 it is time we saw the internet not as a luxury, but the means to overcome inequality. We have worked hard to create a poster which is both informative about our education technology innovation as well as challenging to the PCF10 audience. This will be an opportunity for our Ugandan engineer and technology lead David Mugerwa to present our work internationally. It is called the world wide web - let's make that true. // In Uganda and Nepal, we teach communities to build their own solar-powered, outdoor Internet kiosks. Each one is loaded with state of the art education software teaching literacy, numeracy and computer dexterity amongst other subjects so that underprivileged children and adults can educate themselves, communicate with others, and have a voice in the global community. We call them Hello Hubs. And we’re challenging traditional approaches to development - we do not build Hello Hubs - the community does. We show them how to construct, maintain and repair the hub for themselves. It’s a radical, self sustaining model that gives communities full say in how our work works for them. // Paper ID 1139
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Digital Divide, Lifelong Learning, Rural Communities, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Rural Development
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Uganda
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Africa
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