What made us think this week!

ONE team member described this week’s UK-Nigeria meeting as “very thought-provoking”. Well I can certainly concur with that!
The bulk of the session was spent discussing the Knowledge Resource Centre. It was important that the team all shared their vision of what the KRC future might be.
One of the fundamental starting points was for us all to recognise the importance of our own learning journey. This is a “foreign” concept for many, who often see only formal accredited education as having worth or importance.
The group were able to see that the staff at Fantsuam Foundation are in fact incredible role models. All are self-directed learners - each with their own unique and impressive learning journeys. One example is Comfort who attended some initial basic workshops re Microfinance, and has gone on to establish the very successful and sustainable Microfinance programme at Fantsuam in rural Nigeria. She is now regarded as a true expert in this field, able to offer valuable insight and training for others both locally and globally.

Fantsuam's Integrated development

New mast going up
Originally uploaded by Dadamac Community

John has kindly sent me this update about Fantsuam's Foundations' approach to integrated development - as written by Bot Chollom. 

Chollom is himself an integral part of the Zittnett, Fantsuam and the Dadamac team.

" In fulfilment of its Mission to eliminate poverty and disadvantage through INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT programs, Fantsuam ensures that its various programs also compliment each other.

This is the season for each department to work out its programs, work plans and budgets for the next year, and each of the profit making services has pledged to contribute a percentage of its earnings to support the social  non-proft earning services of the Foundation.

It was ZittNet that set the pace by providing 50% subsidy towards the monthly internet bills of the for all the FF departments. This has enabled the departments to make substantial savings. For the next year budget, ZittNet will be the Department to beat with its record subsidy of 50% in its internet costs.

Language: a barrier to development?

John Dada and his team are always mindful of the need to provide information for the commnunity which they serve in the local language(s). For example, recently sickle cell information was translated from English into Hausa and this process is to be repeated for other educational data. It was therefore very interesting to read John's recent email (shared below), which explains this issue of language in more detail.


Preliminary Report Broadband for Nigeria


held on Wednesday July 28, 2008 in Abuja


The just concluded Broadband for Nigeria Stakeholders Forum was indeed a meeting that delivered on its objectives. It was held on Wednesday July 28, 2010 at the NCCE Hall, Central Business District, Abuja. Association for Progressive Communications (APC) provided the support funding while Fantsuam Foundation, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON; Nigeria ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions and Telecom Answers Associates supplied the faculty which put the forum together.

After kicking off with exchange of pleasantries and a welcome address, the first Nigerian Broadband Stakeholders Forum got down to serious business with the presentation of a Broadband framework supported with a background document.


Technical Talk

This week’s online meeting began with a testing technical question. As regular participants will know, we “meet” virtually every week using the Skype networking programme. However, since most cyber cafes lack this facility, the query was raised as to whether we might exclude people by adopting the same format for our monthly First Thursday meetings.

It was therefore suggested that using Yahoo Messenger might be a better option. However the vote from the Fantsuam Foundation was that Skype remained the preferable format for them as well as being easier to log into, it was the most effective alternative for sending files and pictures.

During the course of our meeting, John (I) had noticed that Pam and I had been editing our typos on Skype as we went along. At the close, he asked how we were doing this and we were able to explain the process, sharing that knowledge with the group, This was a good example of shared internet enabled learning - especially as this particular skill was first taught to Pam (UK) by a user in the USA. We are delighted to say it has now been passed on to rural Nigeria!

Nutritional and Educational support for OVCs at Ube Primary School Ungwa Yanshi


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