Rural Malawians About to Go Online

Charity Chimungu Phiri, Inter Press Service, Nov 01, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

My colleague from Assibiboine Community College, Dinah Ceplis, sent me this item describing the launch of rural internet access in Malawi. This is significant as Ceplis has spend the last two decades or so working in rural Africa supporting agriculture and distance education (areas in which Assiniboine specializes). "We are building towers, installing Wi-Fi hotspots, backhaul links, some of these will be ready before end November.... Because there’s intermittent power supply in Malawi, we are running all our equipment on solar.... We’re getting financial and technical support from Microsoft…we’re a grant recipient of the Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative." Increased access to learning is only one of many benefits Malawians will realize from this initiative.

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