Who are the Expected Toolkit Users?
The Toolkit has been designed to share best practices and policy guidelines with a variety of Government decision makers, including ministerial agencies, regulators and school administrators. The expected users include:
Ministries of Communication, Education, Labor, Women’s Advancement, Culture and Indigenous People and Equality
National ICT and Telecommunications Regulatory Authorities
State and Local School Boards
The Toolkit is also geared to private sector players interested in promoting school connectivity and school-based community ICT centres as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes or official government initiatives.
The aim of the Toolkit is to inform Government decision leaders on policies, strategies and practices they can adopt at the national, regional or local level and innovative practices that can be adopted by the private sector.
These policies, strategies and practices promote broadband Internet access in schools as well as the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for social and economic empowerment. The goal of Connect a School, Connect a Community is twofold:
to foster broadband Internet access in schools so that the youth and children who attend school have access to ICTs for their education and
so that schools can serve as community ICT centres to promote the social and economic development of the local community, in particular marginalized and vulnerable groups including women, indigenous people and persons with disabilities
Promoting connectivity to enable schools to serve as community broadband ICT centres involves a series of critical issues which must be addressed holistically. These include understanding and implementing technology; related policy and regulation; cost analysis; access to end-user equipment such as low cost computing devices; and basic ICT training for teachers. It also includes engaging with members of the local community; providing a safe online and physical environment for children; providing assistive technologies and an accessible environment for persons with disabilities; and developing and accessing content for education.
Since many of the issues raised by connecting schools and developing school-based community ICT centres cut across the mandate of a range of government decision makers, it is hoped that all policy makers, regulators and administrators will find the Toolkit content useful in informing their decision making.
The Toolkit will develop over time to address these and other issues.