As another new year begins, Telecentre.org Foundation is ready to continue its role as a global leader in the growing telecentre movement. With the approval of the 2012 Workplan by the TCF Board of Trustees last January 6, the Foundation, led by Executive Director Miguel Raimilla, is preparing to take on a number of new of challenges in 2012.
Among the significant changes approved in the Workplan is the transition of the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign from a year-long initiative to a permanent TCF program. The new Telecentre Women program will work towards gathering more resources and organizing a number of activities to support telecentre women across the globe.
In addition, Telecentre.org Foundation will continue its work towards the establishment of a truly Global Telecentre Academy, becoming an effective training entity and professional developer for telecentre stakeholders. Among the many improvements TCF is planning for the Academy in 2012 is the expansion of the portfolio of courses and academic institutions providing certification.
Finally, TCF is also adding a new priority program which will focus on the concept of “Telecentres as Social Enterprises”. This program will work on providing a practical and well-organized approach to addressing long-term sustainability for telecentre networks worldwide.
In order to successfully implement the above-mentioned priority programs and more, TCF will host a Regional Telecentre Network Leaders Meeting in Barcelona, Spain this coming March 5-7. The meeting is expected to bring together network leaders of the six regional telecentre networks and TCF Core Staff to identify and discuss areas of collaboration in the coming months and beyond. Miguel Raimilla says, “I really want to consolidate the notion that we are a true global movement. This means that we need to learn how to better work together, and establish common standards and commons services so that private sector and other international agencies can easily identify what it means to be a telecentre. I feel that the only way for the Foundation to truly be successful in its work is to work with a solid, well organized, and engaged community of telecentre networks.”