Informal discussions with rural community leaders and youth have revealed that they are eager to establish ICT facilities in their villages and to share in the fruits of global changes in the field of education, technology and socio economic development.The E village concept has been developed as a response to some of the issues. E village programs are launched by chosen schools with the help of the Ministry of Education. The Secondary Education Modernization Project (SEMP) developed the idea of establishing E villages in selected schools. The Batuwangala Evillage Project realizes that the changes envisaged through the E Village concept take time and careful planning.
Current needs of students and the community, available infrastructure, socio-economic conditions of the community etc need to be taken into account when planning a project of this nature. Our overall mission is to reduce the inequality in accessing ICT services and technology for sustainable development between urban and rural communities. We would like to define sustainable development in line with current thinking as ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ Thus, we are conscious of the fact that ICT and technology is but a tool to improve human welfare and wellbeing.
Human welfare and wellbeing are constituted of other factors such as the environment, fair economic systems, the self determination of individuals and communities and strong community and family relationships.
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