Santiago, Chile – Telecentre leaders from 50 nations gathered today to attend the 3rd Global Forum on Telecentres at the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistal – GAM in Santiago, Chile. The forum, which has been held in Tunisia and Malaysia, in previous years, is a bi-annual event that aims to provide a platform for sharing knowledge among members of the global telecentre movement and various actors and organizations working towards the achievement of social development through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Telecentres are public places where people can use computers, the Internet, and other appropriate technologies, to gather information, access knowledge and develop skills and communicate with their peers. While telecentres follow various models of business, all of them focus on people, knowledge, skills and technologies to increase the social and economic impact of communities living in underserved areas.
Dr. Basheerhamad Shadrach, Executive Director of telecentre.org Foundation shares, “The forum is an opportunity to evaluate, discuss, and explore ways and means to see telecentres as tools for inclusive growth and also as part and parcel of the development agenda, not only on the global level but especially on the national and subregional level.”
The 3-day forum offers a wide array of sessions and events for attending telecentre network leaders, activists, and other participants. Among them is the launch of “Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign” and plenary sessions on the role of telecentres as community resources facilitating employment, productivity, and community empowerment.
A total number of 100 International participants, 50 Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) participants and more than 100 Chilean participants are expected to attend the event, which sponsored by the International Development Research Center of Canada and Microsoft Corporation and organized by telecentre.org Foundation together with the Asociación de Telecentros Activos de Chile.