An Initiative for Bridging Digital Divide : PROF C J DASWANI, NATIONAL COORDINATOR, BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE INITIATIVE (BFI)
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An Initiative for Bridging Digital Divide : PROF C J DASWANI, NATIONAL COORDINATOR, BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE INITIATIVE (BFI)

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The central philosophy of the Bridges to the Future Initiative (BFI) programme has been to bridge the digital divide between the ICT-haves and ICT-have-nots. Consequently, BFI seeks to build educational and learning programmes that will enable the less-advantaged learners to employ and utilise ICTs, to both acquire knowledge and to improve their lives through better economic opportunities. Digital Learning presents the first person account of the project through an interview with Prof Daswani, the National Coordinator, BFI.

The concept of BFI has to do with `bridging` the divide worldwide between the `digital haves` and `digital have-nots`. The divide exists within a country and across countries and in developing nations, it is likely to deny future generations of learners, both children and youth, the benefits of ICT

What was the basic purpose of initiating the BFI project in India? 

The concept of Bridges to the Furture Initaitive (BFI) was visualised and developed at the International Literacy Institute (ILI) of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA with support from UNESCO, by its Director, Professor Daniel A. Wagner and several funders. The digital divide exists within a country and across countries. The divide between the `haves` and `have-nots` in developing countries is likely to deny future generations of learners, both children and youth, the benefits of ICT. The Project

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