In January 2002, CECS received a grant from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), for the design and implementation of an ICT Literacy project in: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia.
Empowered people at the grassroots, through using ICTs, making informed decisions and improving the conditions of their lives.
The following were the objectives of the project:
- To build the capacity of Country Committees to effectively and efficiently implement the ICT Literacy project.
- To deliver accredited ICT Literacy courses to teachers, unemployed youth and NGOs in rural and urban areas.
- To convene yearly project meetings and curricular workshops with trainers.
- To develop a specialised ICT portal.
- To develop specialised curricula in refurbishing computers; ICT entrepreneurship for women; ICTs for teachers
- To conduct relevant research in the application of ICTs for development
The following are some of the activities of the project which have been undertaken:
- Building the capacity of the Country Committees
- Conducting of ICT Literacy courses in rural and urban areas
- Developing specialised modules in ICTs and SMMEs; developing Women ICT entrepreneurs; developing a refurbished computer training course
- Convening curricular workshops and regional project meetings
- Researching accreditation for courses
- Monitoring and evaluation of training courses as well as project as a whole
- Developing an ICT Literacy portal
- Building a multi-sectoral partnership both regionally and internationally