ISSN 1710-6931 October 19, 2007 Issue 110
FEATURE ARTICLES

Computers for Sierra Leone

Peace Pals Education Network (PPEN) in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is about to receive a shipment of 20 Pentium II computers.

This is being made possible through the World Computer Exchange (WCE), a non-governmental organization (NGO), which provides fundraising and project planning assistance, computers, digital libraries, e-waste knowledge and internet access in developing countries.

The computers sent will serve as a gateway through which the children in rural areas can expand their horizons by accessing the wealth of information on the internet.

The cost of Pentium I, Pentium II and Pentium III computers is US$27 (approximately €19.06, £13.27), US$47 (approximately €33.17, £23.10) and US$67 (approximately €47.29, £32.92) plus shipping respectively, sent in shipments of 200-400 computers and distributed among 20-40 schools.

For more information, please visit the WCE website.


Isha Miranda Advises How To Design Courses For Refugees

In an interview with RESPECT, Isha Miranda, a RESPECT University tutor, kindly shares her experience on delivering an online course to refugee or displaced people and to encourage other people to share their knowledge and start similar projects.


RESPECT – Could you tell us what made you want to teach this course?

Isha - I was involved on various occasions from 1999 to 2006 in some livelihood rehabilitation and development work in the North Central Province as well as the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

During this time, I noticed that different programs such as Ongoing Ethnic Conflict and the 2003 Floods & Disaster Management delivered through the United Nations Volunteer Program, and the Tsunami and Poverty Evaluation in which I took part, couldn't make a permanent change on the refugees' situation.

Therefore, I decided to start teaching Managing Small and Medium Enterprises specially to the refugees and displaced people. This is only a small piece of a long-term project as my main goal is to develop schools and vocational institutes and prepare youth for the present job market. Isha Miranda

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESPECT Seeks Additional Poster Contest Themes

RESPECT is seeking suggestions for the theme for this year's Poster Contest. We have received several excellent suggestions, but we always welcome more.

According to Poster Contest Coordinator Olivia Wallace, the Poster Contest theme will be announced in the 2 November 2007 e-Zine.

You can find more information about the Poster Contes on the RESPECT website.

AFFILIATES

RESPECT Course Designed To Help Communities

Marc Schaeffer, Founder, President and International Coordinator of RESPECT International is in the process of initiating a RESPECT University course for war-affected youth in Sierra Leone which will enable the youth to understand their community and to find their own solutions to their problems.

This unique course called Action Research will help its students to collect data and also analyze them. With this process, Marc expects to initiate a dialogue with various stakeholders within the community thereby strengthening their (student researcher's) position and forging new relationships that were non-existent.

The student researchers will be encouraged to ask open-ended questions and collect all possible information leading to solutions which are feasible and acceptable to their community.

They will try and implement their own recommendations to solve the identified problems and to record the results as well as improve on them by assimilating new findings. RESPECT Course

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