09 May 2002
Bonn, Germany: "By significant use of [the International Year of Volunteers web site] and other electronic media, volunteers have been able to expand their networks and enhance their exchange of knowledge and information. The Internet has connected the many diverse expressions of voluntary action and demonstrated its capacity as a multiplier of ideas and a means of sharing best practice."
Ole E. Moesby of Denmark speaking for the European Union at the United Nations General Assembly, 26 November 2002
Whether hosting his show on national television or knocking on doors of potential partners, Claude Ntanta is a visible advocate for the emerging online generation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Exposing women's groups and students to the power of information systems, Claude is helping the war-torn country step into the digital age. Increasing access to information and communications technology is particularly important as the Congo starts to rebuild devastated institutions and social and economic infrastructure.
From his base at the National Cisco Academy at the University of Kinshasa, the Congolese UN Volunteer has worked with over 60 network administrators and students, training them on how to install and operate local computer networks and link them to the Internet. At the Academy, students attend computer courses and hook up to the Internet under an educational initiative for least developed countries set up jointly by Cisco Systems, UNDP and UNV. Drumming up support for ICT and development, Claude holds debates and interviews government officials, ICT experts and students during his Saturday afternoon television slot, and explains in simple terms how people can get the most out of their computers. His ideas are catching on, and a number of NGOs, private sector companies and academic institutions are looking to set up and host local ICT learning centres - a significant move to foster high-tech skills and create jobs.
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