This inventory of Community Multimedia Centres of Senegal complements the CMC study that CTA undertook in Senegal in 2007. It covers 27 CMC centres that were established by the government of Senegal with the support of international partners including UNESCO.
All these centres have been plotted on a Google map in an initiative that seeks to identify the location of all CMCs and rural telecentes in Africa.
The Community Multimedia Centres project of Senegal is an initiative of UNESCO and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). They are part of the effort to reduce the digital divide by making ICTs available to marginalized communities.The Community Multimedia Centres project of Senegal is an initiative of UNESCO and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). They are part of the effort to reduce the digital divide by making ICTs available to marginalized communities.
The main objective of the CMCs is to provide access for poor and marginalized communities to the vast information resources available through information and communication technologies.
CMCs in Senegal are located throughout the country from Dakar to Tambacounda and from Matam to Ziguinchor. Some are located in the most remote parts of the country. The arrival of CMCs was welcomed by the people as it enabled them to access the internet thus facilitating their ability to communicate with the rest of the world.
CMCs usually combine the availability of radio services and access to the internet through computers in several parts of the country. Some project achievements have been: the opening up of 12 new radio frequencies, 13 new radio stations and 20 new cyber cafes. The project has also trained more than 730 people in radio production, use of computers, the internet, multimedia tools and built capacity in the administrative, technical and financial management of the centres.
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