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BasicInternet:Ethiopia Education Partnership May2020

Title BasicInternet:Ethiopia_Education_Partnership_May2020
Place zoom.basicinternet.no
Date, Time 2020/05/28, 0900-1030
Contact Person Josef.Noll
Participants Brenda Jimris-Rekve, Addisalem Genta Gemiya, Tigist S Hussen, Carlos Rey-Moreno, Josephine Miliza, Payee Nethalem, Getnet Tadele, Yehalem Abebe
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Topics discussed

  • MoE ambition in connecting schools
  • National Knowledge Portal, having a holistic view on connectivity & skills
  • Priorities of the Government of Norway: access, skills, regulations & inclusion

MoE, connecting schools

MoE suggest to connect all 3500 secondary schools within 6 months (total envisaged budget 35 million USD). Proposal submitted to the Norwegian Government to support the MoE by connecting 500 secondary schools

Suggestion to extend SchoolNet towards a knowledge portal in education

  • Payee and Prof. Getnet Tadele have a digital hub for schools, the regional Education Bureau(?)
  • they have connected 14 schools (starting with 1 school in 2015, and 4 more schools every year)
  • typically 3-5 years support at each school

National Knowledge Portal

The discussion which we are all facing is how we manage to ensure access, leading to skills and empowerment, rather than just focussing on social media and entertainment. Given the work of the Basic Internet Foundation to bring digital health information out to people - see https://digitalhealth.yeboo.com - we see the need to establish a value proposition for governments

  • National_Knowledge_Portal
 is easy to sell to governments, given the dimension of data governance & innovation, as well as promoting information on health & education
  • Adding free access to the National Knowledge Portal combines access and regulations, and thus is an easy way to get regulations going.
  • See argumentation by 4 Universities in Norway, submitted to the Government: Media:Implementing_Digital_Inclusion_on_a_Global_Scale.pdf

Access, Skills, Regulation & Inclusion

The background are the recommendation from the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, The Age of Digital Interdependence, Report and Recommendations by the High-Level Panel, Jun2019, and citing the work of the Basic Internet Foundation in ref 59, p12

1A: We recommend that by 2030, every adult should have affordable access to digital networks, as well as digitally-enabled financial and health services, as a means to make a substantial contribution to achieving the SDGs…
1B: We recommend that a broad, multi-stakeholder alliance, involving the UN, create a platform for sharing digital public goods, ….

https://its-wiki.no/wiki/DigI:Publications


Carlos Rey-Moreno: the high level panel on digital cooperation also mentions community networks


The Government of Norway has picked up on these topics, and released the Digital Transformation and Development Policy", Norwegian Government, Message to the Parliament, Meld. St. 11 (2019-2020), Apr2020, https://www.regjeringen.no/no/dokumenter/meldst11_summary/id2699502/?ch=1

Both ITU and Unicef focus on connectivity

ITU released a report last week saying that CNs need to be enabled

ITU Smart Villages Blueprint comes out. It could be a good link for CNs and education at the ITU level. They just take time putting things together


How community networks can grow

1. Low cost solution for initial connectivity
2. Next step, establishing scalable community networks
3. Adding information and skills (National Knowledge Portal)
4. addressing regulations as free access to the National Knowledge Portal

Envisaged common work is to develop the community platform for (i) information access and (ii) community engagement