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August 2006

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Imbewu to promote ICTs in education in Eastern Cape
A programme to promote integration of ICTs in all its operations in order to enhance education service delivery in the province of the Eastern Cape has been initiated by The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE). Imbewu is an ECDOE initiative, sponsored by the British donor agency, DFID that seeks to improve learning and educational services  provision in South Africa. This programme aims to streamline ICT usage in the areas of educational  management, governance, reporting  and consultation as a way of improving service delivery in the  sector. One of the major areas of focus proposed includes the piloting of the electronic interactive whiteboard and  e-Beam projects.
Uganda govt asks Japan to establish university
Uganda’s Education Minister Namirembe Bitamazire has appealed to the Japanese government to help Uganda transform Nakawa Vocational Training Institute into a university. Bitamazire said the proposed university would help the expected high number of Science students get  vocational technology skills.
Bitamazire said her ministry was reviewing the school and education  curriculum to make Science and  Technological Studies compulsory from primary to university level. The information communication  technology policy will soon be adopted to enhance access to  knowledge, information and skills through distance education and e-  Learning. Bitamazire appealed to the Japanese government to help Uganda  construct science laboratories in

secondary schools.
e-Admissions in London In order to comply with the e- Government  requirement for all local  authorities to provide online school admissions facilities for the September  admissions round, the 33 London boroughs have worked together to  provide a system via a single portal. The National Project, which is funded  by the Department for Communities and Local Government to support 150  local authorities in delivering online school admissions, has  provided  guidance and research results to aid development of the London  system.

UNEP’s Atlas of Our Changing  Environment released
One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment provides a comprehensive, visual presentation of scientifically verifiable information about changes in the global  environment, shown through state-ofthe- art remote sensing technology. A collection of 405 Powerpoint slides divided into Regional and Thematic  sets covering 11 contemporary and dynamic themes – Introduction to the  Planet, People and Planet, Atmosphere, Coastal Areas, Urban Areas, Water and  Lakes, Forests, Cropland, Grassland, Tundra and Polar Areas and Extreme  Events – and 6 geographical regions – Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe,  Latin America, North America and Polar Regions – can now be downloaded free  of charge at http://www.na.unep.net/  nePlanetManyPeople/  powerpoints.html.

Firefox goes popular
The Mozilla Foundation’s opensource  Firefox web browser is gaining ground on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). According to a recent  study on web browser usage, by  Netherlands-based OneStat.com, Firefox has gained 1.14% in June and is now used by 12.93% of surfers.  This is up from 11.79% in May.

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