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Subbiah Arunachalam arun at mssrf.res.in
Fri Aug 19 10:33:36 IST 2005







Bangladesh NGOs Network for
Radio and Communication
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Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a Bangladesh NGO, today received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's annual Access to Learning Award and US $1 million for its innovative approach to providing free public access to
computers and the Internet

Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a Bangladesh NGO, today received the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation's annual Access to Learning Award and US $1
million for its innovative approach to providing free public access to
computers and the Internet.  Through the use of indigenous boats
converted into mobile libraries, schools, and the Mobile Internet
Educational Units on Boats program, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha
provides educational services, access to technology, and computer
training to poor communities in a Northern Bangladesh watershed.  The
boats, which anchor at remote villages, rely on generators or solar
energy and mobile phones for Internet access. 
 
Abul Hasanat Mohammed Rezwan is the executive director of Shidhulai
Swanirvar Sangstha and founder of the boat project. The project's web
site is www.interconnection.org/sss/
 
 Relying on skilled volunteers, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha educates
men, women, and children on issues ranging from agricultural practices
and to micro enterprise and literacy. Farmers learn about strategies for
productive and sustainable farming and the ecological hazards of
pesticides.  Throughout the year, they are able to connect with
educators via onboard e-mail and check current farm prices online to
remain competitive in the local market. 
 
Students who would otherwise be unable to attend school during the
monsoon season continue their education through the year using the
libraries' onboard field staff.  With literacy rates in Bangladesh at
only 42 percent, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha is making a significant
impact on educating young people, especially girls.  In fact, over 70
percent of the program's beneficiaries are women. 
 
The annual Access to Learning Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes
the innovative efforts of libraries, organizations or library agencies
outside the United States in providing no-cost public access to this
technology. For more information, visit www.clir.org
<http://www.clir.org/> or www.gatesfoundation.org
<http://www.gatesfoundation.org/> .
 

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Bangladesh NGOs Network for
Radio and Communication
Promoting Communication Technology for a Fairer World
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a Bangladesh NGO, today received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's annual Access to Learning Award and US $1 million for its innovative approach to providing free public access to
computers and the Internet
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a Bangladesh NGO, today received the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation's annual Access to Learning Award and US $1
million for its innovative approach to providing free public access to
computers and the Internet.  Through the use of indigenous boats
converted into mobile libraries, schools, and the Mobile Internet
Educational Units on Boats program, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha
provides educational services, access to technology, and computer
training to poor communities in a Northern Bangladesh watershed.  The
boats, which anchor at remote villages, rely on generators or solar
energy and mobile phones for Internet access.
 
Abul Hasanat Mohammed Rezwan is the executive director of Shidhulai
Swanirvar Sangstha and founder of the boat project. The project's web
site is http://www.interconnection.org/sss/ www.interconnection.org/sss/
 
 Relying on skilled volunteers, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha educates
men, women, and children on issues ranging from agricultural practices
and to micro enterprise and literacy. Farmers learn about strategies for
productive and sustainable farming and the ecological hazards of
pesticides.  Throughout the year, they are able to connect with
educators via onboard e-mail and check current farm prices online to
remain competitive in the local market.
 
Students who would otherwise be unable to attend school during the
monsoon season continue their education through the year using the
libraries' onboard field staff.  With literacy rates in Bangladesh at
only 42 percent, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha is making a significant
impact on educating young people, especially girls.  In fact, over 70
percent of the program's beneficiaries are women.
 
The annual Access to Learning Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes
the innovative efforts of libraries, organizations or library agencies
outside the United States in providing no-cost public access to this
technology. For more information, visit http://www.clir.org/ www.clir.org
< http://www.clir.org/ http://www.clir.org/
> or http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ www.gatesfoundation.org
< http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ http://www.gatesfoundation.org/
> .
 


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