Author: Nazrul Islam of Relief International, Bangladesh
Let me share a story about how a school based telecenter in a Bangladeshi village has recently turned to a digital photo studio. Relief International -School Online set up an Internet enabled telecenter in Chowra Girls High School in Chowra Village in Comilla district in early 2005 as part of the Global Connections and Exchange Project-Bangladesh.
As per its sustainability plan, RI SOL helped the school to plan for income generattion throuh providing basic ICT services. Interestingly, the school has recently set up a digital photo studio inside its telecenter at its own cost. Personally, I am very surprised seeing the level of motivation on part of this school administrator. The school is now providing photo service to its own and neighboring school students and the community who previously used to go to Comilla city ( 15 km from the Chowara village) for a good quality photo service. This is not a big event but I thought this might be very inspiring for those who plans to set up telecenter in schools.
I also would like to inform that this is one of the best telecenters among the 27 centers RI SOL has set up in Bangladesh. This school ILC also got awarded as the best telecenter award 2007 at the ICT and Education Conference in Dhaka in March 2007.
I wonder if any news media in Bangladesh could publicise this school based telecenter which has turned to a digital photo studio. I believe this telecenter has helped the school to embrace a dual role: access to education and access to ICT services for its students and community in a sustainable manner? I wonder if our journalist community having interest in ICT4D or ICT4Ed could make a feature story about this telecenter to inspire many other rural schools in the country.The contact details of the schools are available at:
http://www.connect-bangladesh.org/content/view/119/106/ Blog Source: http://community.telecentre.org/en-tc/node/36781
Photography: Md. Arafatul Islam
Category: ICT for Development