The Free Knowledge for ICT Literacy portal aims to:
- Demystify free/libre and open source software (FLOSS)
- Provide web links to learning materials for FLOSS
The Vision of the Portal
The vision of the portal is to: provide access to free learning resources for ICT literacy using free/libre and open source software to enable people to change the conditions of their lives for the better.
Why Do We Need a Portal?
One common reason for setting up a portal is to improve access to online information in a particular field by highlighting the best of the most relevant resources. The following are some of the reasons for setting up the Free Knowledge and ICT Literacy portal:
- to provide and guide people to the best information (training materials, facilitators guides, free software) available on and for ICT training NGOs
- to highlight and promote the work of ICT training NGOs and ICT trainers
- to facilitate sharing of information on ICT training best practises
- to enable ICT training organisations to collaborate and share knowledge, find answers, materials and build relationships
- to promote communities of practise and learning
The Portal Principles
The portal will be based on the following principles:
- Open standards for interoperability of knowledge and learning resources.
- Freedom to study, use, modify and freely share content.
- Collaboration, cooperation and sharing.
- Easy access for different bandwidth capabilities
Who Should Benefit From the Portal?
Who are the primary stakeholders for this portal? The portal should benefit:
- Those who govern ICT training NGOs such as CECS Country Committees
- Those who work in ICT training NGOs, managers, trainers, technical people, volunteers
- Governments in the SADC region to support activities undertaken by local NGOs
- Funders who will get a sense of the work being done in the region
- Those who support ICT training NGOs such as eRiders
- Fee Software and Open Source Centres in southern Africa and elsewhere
Telecentres in the Southern African region