Overview: The goal of this project is to assist
developing communities to have reliable, efficient and cost
effective access to the Internet and other Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) services. These services are
essential to the educational and socio-economic development
of the community. As our pilot project, we will be working
with the University of Education-Winneba and the University
of Cape Coast, both in Ghana. This pilot project is
motivated by the fact that currently the extreme high cost
of bandwidth in Africa as compared to rest of the world not
only limits access to the technologies necessary for
educational and other socio-economic development but takes
away the basic capital needed for development in general.
developing communities, in Africa, to have affordable access
to the Internet and other telecommunication services for
education and other socio-economic developments.
in a comprehensive study to research different potential
technologies to access Internet at affordable price.
Promote effective dissemination of information in
Promote best practices in using internet and related
technologies in education and other areas of economic
students in developing and developed communities to work
together engage in cultural and technological exchange.
information: Learn about available technologies;
Workshop for students interested
in traveling to Ghana in Summer
- April 2; 2007 Room NC 161
scholarship is available for
students interested to travel to
Dr. Farahmand for more
information about existing
wireless and solar-powered
Project Impact: Through this pilot
project, local personnel and students will be able to maintain
and manage their ICT (Internet and Communication Technology)
resources. Education will be improved as access to educational
material on the Internet is provided. Furthermore, ICT trained
students and teachers will become local ICT resources in rural
communities where they work and spread the use of ICT for
socio-economic developments. Research on this project will
provide a blue print for inexpensive access to technology.
Moreover, this project can assist to improve economic
environment of the community through improving ICT
infrastructure. American students and faculty working together
with their counterparts in developing countries will gain
valuable social skills as well experience in practical
application of their knowledge.
the internet the world would be boring. I wouldn't get
such good marks for my school projects "