What motivated this initiative?

This project will address the digital divide between rural and urban areas in terms of Internet access and usage. The project will further address the gender gap in ICT access in Tanzania. Three Educational Institutions will be engaged in this project: Kondoa Girls High School, Ula Secondary School and Bustani Teacher’s College. All of these institutions are located about 160 km from Dodoma urban with limited access to Internet services. Kondoa Girls High School has a population of 810 students and 46 staff; Ula Secondary School has 829 students and 26 staff and Bustani Teacher’s College has 538 students and 38 staff. In total, a population of about 2287 people will be directly served by this project. The project will improve both textbook to student ratio and student to teacher as students will be given access to online digital resources to support their learning. The project will also allow community members around beneficiaries’ premises to use the deployed IP-based network to access Internet services.

What are the first steps you are working on?

In order to realize the impact of this project and achieving the project objectives, the following steps will be undertaken:

S/N Project Steps Timeline Remarks
1 Sensitization and Awareness of the project to various community members group in Kondoa 27th February – 06th March, 2018 Ongoing
2 Specific Site Survey for the selected educational institutions 27th February – 06th March, 2018 Completed
3 Baseline Survey and Data Analysis for hosting institutions 27th February – 06th March, 2018 Ongoing
4 Perform Radio Frequency and Link Budget Calculation 07th March – 11th April, 2018 Ongoing
5 Design, implement and analyze the TV White Space for community network. 04th – 11th April, 2018 Ongoing
6 Capacity Building and Trainings for various community members in Kondoa 08th April – September, 2018 Three trainings will be delivered
7 Conduct Impact Assessment of Kondoa Community Network October – December, 2018 Scheduled Activity
8 Development of Sustainability Model fitting Rural Tanzania November – December, 2018 Ongoing
9 Disseminations of the Finding February – February, 2019 Ongoing