Writing by admin on Sunday, 27 of July , 2008 at 12:13 am
“Asian Voices” is a monthly radio magazine programme produced by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) from Singapore. It brings you news, views and interviews on Asian media and communication issues from an Asian perspective. In this first issue of “Asian Voices” Kalinga Seneviratne joins the ‘etuktuk’ team at Kothmale Community Radio in Sri Lanka on a live broadcast from a Tamil tea estate community in the hills. Also included in the program are the following segments:
Category: audio,field visit,press
Writing by admin on Thursday, 19 of June , 2008 at 9:08 pm
The following is an excerpt from an article prepared by Katherine Nightingale for SciDev.net. To read the entire article click here.
The Kothmale Community Radio project in Sri Lanka is another example of communication evolving to suit the environment, bringing the benefits of ICTs to isolated rural communities in hilly central Sri Lanka.
The project doesn’t just use radio. Members of the team use a tuk tuk — a motorised three-wheeled vehicle — loaded with a laptop computer, wireless Internet, generator, printer, camera, telephone and scanner.
This mobile broadcasting unit, dubbed an ‘e-tuk tuk’, allows the team to transmit audio information in two ways — using loudspeakers mounted on the vehicle’s roof and broadcasting over the radio via the telephone line.
Historically, news in Sri Lanka was distributed by people who would beat out messages and news as they moved from village to village. Ben Grubb, coordinator of the project, describes the e-tuk tuk as a “modern day, internet-connected drum, beating out news and information as it travels”.
And local people are encouraged to develop their ICT skills. “We encourage skill development in communities, so that they are able to plan, record and edit their own programmes,” says Grubb.
In doing so, he says, the e-tuk tuk, “encourages participation from those who would otherwise be unwilling or unable to access the [radio] studio, due to caste, gender, time or other cultural and logistical factors”.
Writing by admin on Friday, 11 of April , 2008 at 9:50 pm
The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 announces 145 projects in six categories
Stockholm March 25, 2008
. The jury of the Stockholm Challenge Award has selected the 2008 finalists in six categories, a total of 145 outstanding ICT projects. They are presented on the Challenge Event site at http://event.stockholmchallenge.se
per category.All finalist projects are invited to come to Stockholm and participate in Challenge Week, May 19 – 22 in Kista
, north of Stockholm City. The Awards celebrations will take place in the evening on May 22, in the Blue Hall, venue of the Nobel Banquet. During this evening, the winning project in each category will be announced and presented with the Challenge Trophy and a check of 5.000 Euros.
The Challenge programme 2008 has been targeting ICT for Development projects globally. Great efforts have been put into the search for excellent examples of information and communication technologies that show convincing benefits to people and communities, wide impact and proofs of future sustainability.
“The standard of the projects in the Stockholm Challenge Award this year is better than ever”, says project manager Ulla Skidén and adds: “the criteria for participation have been set to a higher level compared to earlier years. Participants needed to more clearly demonstrate social impacts and sustainability with their projects in 2008. This resulted in 145 exceptional projects from more than 50 countries.”
This round of the Stockholm Challenge had a special feature, The Stockholm Challenge GKP Awards 2007, which was a parallel event in cooperation with Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP). The awards were open in the Culture, Economic Development, Education and Public Administration categories, specifically requiring multi stakeholder partnerships. Out of hundred entries that made the cut to the jury, four category winners were acknowledged during the GK3 Conference in Kuala Lumpur in December 2007.
The Stockholm Challenge invites media and all who are interested in meeting some of the world´s best ICT for development projects in Stockholm, to join the open debate on May 21st in Kista.
For more information and registration for the debate and interviews with the finalists, please contact Ulla Skidén, Project Manager, Stockholm Challenge
Telephone +46 (0) 70 678 72 82,
The Stockholm Challenge is a biannual awards programme since 1994 when it was launched by the City of Stockholm. It is now owned by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and sponsored by the City of Stockholm, Ericsson and Sida.
Writing by admin on Tuesday, 23 of October , 2007 at 9:14 pm
The etuktuk was recently announced the winner of the Stockholm Challenge GKP award! We are grateful for the recognition of the challenge jury, who said the etuktuk was “a project that electronically expands the community center into isolated rural areas.” The award ceremony took place as part of the 3rd Global Knowledge Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We had a great time at the conference and it was inspiring to see others taking on the concept of the etuktuk. Alcatel-Lucent had their own etuktuk on display. This concept vehicle has already been at several major expositions around the world. Alcatel-Lucent see potential for the etuktuk’s to “enable cost-effective expansion of the broadband footprint” into rural areas. Another etuktuk inspired project was presented at the GK3 conference – the etrike! This is a proposal to build a mobile telecentre to service the urban communities of Manila in the Phillipines. We look forward to working with both these initatives!
For more information on the Stockholm Challenge GKP award please visit the challenge website. http://www.stockholmchallenge.se/news/news/1929
Writing by kosala on Tuesday, 25 of September , 2007 at 6:25 pm
Yesterday the Examination Department released the Grade V scholarship examination results and they made it available on the Internet. As in the previous years many parents came to the CMC to get the results of their child sooner because it takes about two to three days for the result sheets to be delivered to schools via post. CMC charged Rs. 20 for a result with a Printout.
As this was happening I remembered an incident which happened last year. When I visited in the etuktuk to the rural village “lagumdeniya” to capture the moments of a village Sunday school prize giving festival I met a chatty little boy. He had done the grade five exam and was waiting for the results to come to the school. But the results have already been put on the Internet about one week back. I asked him whether he knew it or not. He said he knew but does not have access to the facilities so he had to wait until the results come to the school. All the students living in the urban areas get their results on the same day it is released but the story is different for the rural areas.
Category: field visit
Writing by admin on Saturday, 4 of August , 2007 at 7:17 pm
The tuktuk, a three-wheeled motorcycle, is a familiar sight on the streets of South Asia. Its usefulness for getting people from place to place, squeezing into the smallest lanes and over the bumpiest roads, has made it indispensable. But in the rolling hills of Kothmale in Sri Lanka, the humble tuktuk has evolved into something much more than a mode of transport.
The eTUKTUK is a self-contained mobile telecentre and radio broadcasting unit, housed within a traditional three-wheeler, which literally takes the Kothmale Community Multimedia Centre (KCMC) to the community’s doorstep. For more than eight years, KCMC has been serving as an interface between rural communities in the central hill region of Sri Lanka and new communication technologies. The eTUKTUK is stocked with a laptop, battery-operated printer, camera, telephone and scanner, with Internet provided via a CDMA-enabled wireless connection and a 1000W generator for electricity.
By directly accessing villages, eTUKTUK immediately strikes a chord with the local community, and it makes new technologies less daunting by presenting it to users in a familiar environment. The weekly route of the eTUKTUK is broadcast over the radio to inform listeners of the location and time that it will arrive in their community. The two loudspeakers mounted on the roof rack and powered by an amplifier and CD player can narrowcast radio programmes and announce the telecentre’s presence in a village. Judging by the scores of curious observes that the eTUKTUK attracts, it can safely be said that for once, reinventing the wheel actually did make sense.
The previous article is an excerpt from the UNESCO photo study publication ‘from access to engagement’. To download the publication click here
Writing by admin on Friday, 3 of August , 2007 at 7:03 pm
UNESCO releases Photo Study publication on Community Access Centres
The origin of this photo-study publication lies in a simple question: “How can we best capture the exciting developments that are taking place in Community Access Centres?”
Community Access Centres take different forms and go by different names: Community Learning Centres; Community Multimedia Centres; ICT Centres; Telecentres; Resource Centres or Community Libraries. . But whatever their name, the fundamental idea is the same: to facilitate progress from “Access to Engagement”!
In ways small and large, Community Access Centres provide support for breaking the chains of illiteracy or aiding the vocational skills of people displaced by conflict. They have helped young women improve their ability to express themselves and articulate their opinions via community radio or community television. They have also provided young people with useful and marketable skills crucial to their own development. The Centres expose communities to new sources of knowledge and provide hands-on experience in the integration of new technologies such as the Internet with more traditional channels of communication.
Community Access Centres are spaces where local communities translate the vision of human development in ways that make sense to their lives. This photo publication takes you to the places where such wonderful things happen!
To download the publication click here
Writing by admin on Monday, 16 of July , 2007 at 10:55 pm
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This video outlines the recent activities of the Kothmale Community Radio Station. Featuring interviews with staff and management of the station it follows one of the stations announcers into a Tamil Tea Estate community in central Sri Lanka. Using the stations etuktuk, a mobile telecentre and radio production studio, the community participate in a live broadcast from the mobile. Filmed and Directed by Kalinga Seneviratne and Produced by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).
Writing by kosala on Saturday, 14 of July , 2007 at 9:17 pm
It was a busy day for me. KCR had organized a small workshop for the local public librarians in the Gampola area. We were suppose to talk about the use of new technologies in the field of radio and how the same technologies can be use in the public library’s. In the same day etuktuk had planned to visit a estate community to do a computer literacy program. This was the first time etuktuk went to a estate community to do a computer literacy program. How ever I had to participate in the workshop held in Gelioya public library about 20Km from KCR. I wished if I could be in two places at the same time.
Sriyapali who is the CMC manager and one of the relief staff members of KCR had planned to go to visit the Kanapathiwatta estate nearby KCR( 5 minutes from KCR). Intension of this visit was to educate the estate children and young people in the estate about the computers technologies and encourage them to use the facilities provided in the CMC. Lac of participation for the estate community in the CMC activities is one of the main issues with the CMC and this was spoken i the CMC staff meetings by the EAR researcher.
One of the main reasons for lack of participation for the Tamil communities is the absence of a Tamil speaking trainer in the CMC. For the last 10 months I have witnessed very few Tamil youngsters coming to the center to be trained in computer skills but they never continue to come. The main reason for this is language. Absence of a Tamil speaking person makes it harder to be in the center for person from the Tamil community. This was reviled in one of my interveives in the same tea estate community. When I was interviewing a housewife from the same estate I asked her about the CMC. And her reply was, “my children use to come there to use computers when the foreign lady was there (in 1999-2002 when an Australian volunteer worked at the CMC), but after that they didn’t go there. Because nobody was there to teach them”. This clearly meant that they felt unwelcome at the CMC.
Category: field visit
Writing by admin on Tuesday, 26 of June , 2007 at 11:00 pm
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This short introductory video highlights the functionality of the etuktuk, a mobile telecentre and radio production studio operating out of the Kothmale Community Radio Station in Sri Lanka. The video was filmed and edited on location with special thanks to Sam de Silva.