World Links and USAID Lead US$6.5M Effort to Place Computers in Rwandan Primary Schools

Sep 04, 2003, 01:00 ET from World Links

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- World Links has joined hands with the
 US Agency for International Development (USAID) and leading technology firms
 in the United States and Europe to form the Rwanda Alliance for Primary School
 Computerization.  Alliance partners collaborating with World Links in this
 groundbreaking development effort are Birchfield Interactive LLC (UK),
 Microsoft (USA), Government of Rwanda, Computer Aid International (UK),
 AlphaSmart (USA) and Device Global Technology (Netherlands).
     Over a period of two years, the Primary Education Computerization program
 envisions to mobilize the equivalent of US $6.5 million in financing and in-
 kind contributions to equip more than 1,500 Rwandan primary schools with
 computer hardware and software, and develop basic computer literacy in Rwandan
 teachers and students.
     With assistance from USAID, AlphaSmart, Computer Aid International and
 Device Global Technology will provide subsidized-cost computer hardware to
 every school.  To accompany the hardware deployment, Microsoft will provide
 computer software and Birchfield Interactive will supply educational CD-ROMs
 for classroom use.  At the core of the initiative, World Links plans to train
 teachers and students in basic computer literacy.
     The Alliance, being organized in cooperation with the Government of
 Rwanda, seeks to assist in restoring economic and human resource capacity in
 this nation of approximately 8 million citizens.  It is estimated that between
 1991 and 1996, as a direct result of a massive civil war, the percentage of
 qualified primary school teachers dropped from about 59% to 33%.
 
     About World Links
     World Links is an international non-governmental organization whose
 mission is to improve educational outcomes, economic opportunities, and global
 understanding for youth in developing countries through the use of technology
 and the internet.
     World Links began in mid-1997 to help bring the developing world into the
 information age through its future leaders -- teachers and students -- and to
 build cultural awareness among them in the face of an increasingly global
 economy and society.  In 1999, World Links spun-off from the World Bank as an
 independent non-profit organization.  Since then, the organization has
 expanded to over 25 developing countries spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle
 East, and Latin America.
 
 

SOURCE World Links
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- World Links has joined hands with the
 US Agency for International Development (USAID) and leading technology firms
 in the United States and Europe to form the Rwanda Alliance for Primary School
 Computerization.  Alliance partners collaborating with World Links in this
 groundbreaking development effort are Birchfield Interactive LLC (UK),
 Microsoft (USA), Government of Rwanda, Computer Aid International (UK),
 AlphaSmart (USA) and Device Global Technology (Netherlands).
     Over a period of two years, the Primary Education Computerization program
 envisions to mobilize the equivalent of US $6.5 million in financing and in-
 kind contributions to equip more than 1,500 Rwandan primary schools with
 computer hardware and software, and develop basic computer literacy in Rwandan
 teachers and students.
     With assistance from USAID, AlphaSmart, Computer Aid International and
 Device Global Technology will provide subsidized-cost computer hardware to
 every school.  To accompany the hardware deployment, Microsoft will provide
 computer software and Birchfield Interactive will supply educational CD-ROMs
 for classroom use.  At the core of the initiative, World Links plans to train
 teachers and students in basic computer literacy.
     The Alliance, being organized in cooperation with the Government of
 Rwanda, seeks to assist in restoring economic and human resource capacity in
 this nation of approximately 8 million citizens.  It is estimated that between
 1991 and 1996, as a direct result of a massive civil war, the percentage of
 qualified primary school teachers dropped from about 59% to 33%.
 
     About World Links
     World Links is an international non-governmental organization whose
 mission is to improve educational outcomes, economic opportunities, and global
 understanding for youth in developing countries through the use of technology
 and the internet.
     World Links began in mid-1997 to help bring the developing world into the
 information age through its future leaders -- teachers and students -- and to
 build cultural awareness among them in the face of an increasingly global
 economy and society.  In 1999, World Links spun-off from the World Bank as an
 independent non-profit organization.  Since then, the organization has
 expanded to over 25 developing countries spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle
 East, and Latin America.
 
 SOURCE  World Links