Wireless Internet set to launch
in remote Viet Na Viet Nam’s first-ever trial WiMAX (Wo ld Interoperability icrowave Access) equipment will be fully installed in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai to bring wireless Internet to previously offline areas soon. Users will include schools, health care centres, the Post Office, an internet cafe, a farm family, a hotel, a business project, and selected Lao Cai public and commune service locations. WiMAX is a new advanced wireless broadband technology that can provide high quality wireless broadband Internet to rural areas in radii between 2 to 10 kilometres per base station. The pilot project is being implemented by Intel in cooperation with the Viet Nam Datacommunications company (VDC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Lao Cai People’s Committee leadership.
Regional centre helps develop
distance education in Viet Nam The Regional Open Learning Centre under the Organisation of Southeast Asian Ministers for Education is willing to provide professional expertise, consultancy and personnel training to Viet Nam for developing its distance education system. Since 2003, the centre had implemented many programmes to assist the Ha Noi Open University. These programmes focused on personnel training, providing curriculums and school materials, and applying information technology in distance education. In recent years, Viet Nam has invested in developing open and distance ducation. The Government assigned the Ministry of Education and Training to implement a US$100 million project on distance education with the participation of the Ha Noi Open University. The university, with around 300 officials and lecturers, had so far trained around 45,000 students in different majors through distance education. ‘Internet-ready Access Centres’ in schools in Malaysia Internet-ready Access Centres costing more than RM70mil in total are being set up in 1,500 schools around Malaysia. Access Centres would be similar in concept to cybercafes, although its usage would focus on learning and to allow students to work on their
Bringing impact to rural education in Malaysia
The Education Ministry in Malaysia being aware of the education divide between the schools in the rural areas and towns is now embarking on high impact projects to bridge the divide. The ministry is giving priority to improve ducation outside towns under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) in a comprehensive manner from preschool to higher education. Under the 9MP, the ministry is hoping to supply higher voltage generator cap ble of supplying 30-35KVa and also the solar power equipment and set up mini dam to ensure the implementation of ICT initiatives. Plan is also to assist in implementing the pre-school education in rural areas by setting up 2,400 preschool classes complete with computer facilities that could benefit 61,000 children in the 5-6 years age group. Apart from that, the ministry would also enhance the rehabilitation classes in rural areas with the setting up of 5,000 classes to enhance the 3M capabilities, namely read, write and count. The ministry is also idening the vocational subjects in 480 schools in the rural areas to help the students who are not keen in the academic subjects. Through the high impact projects, the number of students who need rehabilitation that can be reduced from 7.7 percent to less than 5 percent and the need for the Tuition Voucher Scheme (SBT) can be reduced from 100 percent to 80 percent after the 9MP. The dropout rates in rural schools could be reduced from 1.2 percent to less than 1.0 percent at the primary level and from 16.7 percent to less than 1.0 percent at the secondary level. assignments. It is different from the existing computer labs, which are used to teach certain subjects.Under the first phase, 1,500 schools would be provided with 15,000 personal computers and 1,500 printers as well as the necessary furniture and infrastructure. Another 12,900 computers would be provided to 1,290 schools next year. With the Access Centres, the ratio of computers to students in schools would be decreased allowing students to be more exposed to information and communication technologies (ICT). To date 84 primary and secondary schools in the rural areas of Sabah and Johor have been equipped with Access Centres. Free info-enrichment in Bengali Wikipedia The project for Bangla nline based ncyclopaedia has taken off recently. But its entries have been expanding with almost binary pace. Bengali Wikipedia in March 2006 to 0,000 as of now. 20/ 5 active voluntary editors areinvolved in editing Bengali Wikipedia on a regular basis. About 220-250 million Bangla speaking people are supposed to read Bangla encyclopaedia more than English. Info bank of the seventh largest language is poor in many ways. So there is an actual expectation of Bangla info bank. Non-formal schooling boosts access to basic education in Nepal Children who were out of school in 15 districts of Nepal now have the opportunity to learn how to read and write, thanks to the ICEF-supported Out-of-School Programme (OSP). Designed to provide basic education through a non-formal approach, the new strategy has helped approximately 15,700 children complete a 10-month course.
The After BPO, it is the turn of ESO now For thousands of teachers here,