The Internet Society of Nigeria, ISOCNG, is among 15 winners of Beyond the Net Fund (Large Grant), barely a year after rejuvenation.
ISOCNG won through its project; ‘Zaria Community Network and Culture Hub.’
Using the internet
The project seeks to use the Internet to improve the quality of education for the formally enrolled and those outside the formal schooling system, as a resource for basic education, vocational development and self-employment opportunities.
In the project, a campaign will be run to enlighten communities on the opportunities available. Goals will include the implementation of free-to-use ISM band to reach research and educational institutions, community WiFi hotspots and solar-powered back-up solutions, culture hub web portals, a shared learning management system and a network monitoring infrastructure. A community engagement session for 500 teachers, students, and individuals will be conducted as well as continuous enlightenment campaigns and surveys to estimate effectiveness of strategies.
Beyond the Net said a total of 49 applications were received and after a thorough reviewing process, 15 amazing projects were selected.
It said;“these projects are at the core of our mission and will use the Internet to develop Community Networks in underserved areas, to empower women through Information and Communications Technology, ICT, as well as bringing awareness on Internet policies around the world.”
“This is the result of months of effort from our Chapter Community…Many discussions, numerous clarifications and proposals, updates and revisions from the Beyond the Net Selection Committee. We are proud of you all,’’Beyond the Net added.