Although with the overwhelming impact of new technologies globally, numerous factors still account for the setbacks in bridging the digital divide in developing nations. Cameroon has for several years been trailing in the employment of ICTs to facilitate learning and teaching in schools. Nevertheless, a number of ICT projects have been implemented in secondary schools which have helped to reduce this digital gap amongst students. We report on one of the pioneer projects, the Computer and Internet Access Centres (CIAC) project, implemented by the Association for Development, Communication and Environment (ADCOME), a non-governmental organisation with headquarters in the South West Region of Cameroon. We begin by looking at its history, implementation, successes, challenges and possible solutions.
Nganji, J.T., Kwemain, R. and Taku, C. (2010). Closing the digital gap in Cameroonian secondary schools with the CIAC project. International Journal of Education and Development Using ICT (IJEDICT), Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.106-114 [Link to article] [Link to PDF]
Man’s negative impact on the environment due to various activities has raised serious concerns with numerous campaigns rising to protect the environment. Computer waste also contributes to damaging not only the environment, but has serious consequences on human health resulting from pollution of the air, water and soil which are part of the ecosystem. With E-waste causing such problems and a challenge to developing nations which have been dumping grounds, the need to adopt green information technology (IT) is becoming more evident. In this paper, we recommend adoption of green IT education by schools, governments, organisations producing or shipping IT products and individuals consuming these technologies to work together in adopting green IT to reduce E-waste accumulation and hence eliminate the environmental and health implications of E-waste.
Nganji, J.T., and Brayshaw, M. (2010). Is Green IT an Antidote to E-waste problems? Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Information and Computer Sciences, Volume 9, Issue 2. [Link to article]