Partnering for Digital Inclusion in Uruguay

In Uruguay, we’re launching a new partnership to provide access to information and technology in 10 communities through innovative public libraries. Beyond Access partnered with ANTEL (the national telecommunications company) and the Uruguay National Library to support the launch of the First Digital Inclusion Spaces Contest for Libraries.

The initiative will bring computers, internet access, and training programs to 10 participating libraries, supporting their transformation into hubs for social and economic development. Trainings will focus on developing innovative library services; creating projects and forming partnerships with public and private sector allies; and building key technology skills. Participating librarians will develop key ICT trainings and new library services that meet the needs of Uruguayans.

Uruguay has distinguished itself in Latin America for providing a wide range of successful programs for public access to information and the Internet. The most well known of these programs is Plan Ceibal, the only program in the world that has provided a personal laptop to nearly 100% of children in the public education system. In the past six years it has developed a wide range of services to promote the use of technology not only in the classroom, but also among parents and teachers. Beyond Access’s member library in Uruguay, the Manuel Rosé Library, works with Plan Ceibal to train parents to use ICT tools and support computer maintenance.

The contest deadline is August 29th. Beyond Access has hosted three information sessions in the provinces of Colonia, Canelones, and Tacuarembo, and will host weekly virtual information sessions in August. For more information, email beyondaccess@irex.org and visit the project’s website to apply.

ANTEL: The Uruguayan national telecommunications company Antel’s mission is to provide high quality telecommunications services to satisfy the needs of its customers efficiently and at competitive prices, contributing to the welfare of citizens, the development of culture, and the country’s development. For more information please go to antel.com.uy.

The Uruguay National Library: The National Library is an executive unit of the Ministry of Education and Culture, whose objective is to collect, preserve, enhance, process, and disseminate Uruguayan cultural heritage. Its mission is to be responsible for the preservation of the bibliographic and documentary heritage of the country, as well as enabling and ensuring access for all citizens. For more information please go to bibna.gub.uy.