DOT-COM Activity: Botswana - ICTs in African Schools Conference
Short Description: dot-EDU worked with Internews (dot-GOV) to help policymakers in Botswana understand e-rate and consider it for a universal service mechanism that they are putting in place.
Phase/Type of Activity: Pilot Status: Completed
Start date: April 01, 2003 End Date: July 01, 2003
Person(s) to contact
Roy Zimmermann , Project Director
Education Development Center Email: Tel: (202) 572-3700
Full Description: In late April and early May, 2003, education ministers gathered for a meeting supported by SchoolNet Africa, The World Bank Institutes ICT for Education Program, Schools Online, and dot-EDU. The meeting looked at ICT and education policy for African countries. dot-EDU supported participants, and a speaker who talked about universal service mechanisms such as the e-rate. dot-EDU worked with Internews (dot-GOV) to help policymakers in Botswana understand e-rate and consider it for a universal service mechanism that they are putting in place. dot-EDU staff met with key regulators in Gaborone -- a meeting set up by dot-GOV.
Update: Held from April 27th until May 2nd, 2003, the conference brought together an estimated 250 workshop participants, including representatives of SchoolNet organizations and ministries of education from 30 African countries. The activity has since been completed.
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.