Empowering Uruguay’s Libraries to Lead the Digital Revolution

We’re excited to share an update on our work in Uruguay — ANTEL, Uruguay’s national telecommunications company, has selected 10 libraries to receive computers, free internet access, and staff training as part of an annual contest around digital inclusion. Librarians will learn how to deliver ICT skills trainings, support e-Government services, and develop new services...

Three Organizations to Follow this International Women’s Day

Instead of immersing you in even more content to sift through this International Women’s Day, we want to encourage you to follow three of our partners that are doing great work to support women and girls. Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) | Nigeria Website: http://www.w-teconline.org/ Twitter: @wteconline Facebook: W.TEC – Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre Each...

Sharing the Benefits of Growth in Nigeria

Governments, community organizations, and public libraries are coming together through the Beyond Access Nigeria project to help excluded populations who are left out of recent economic growth develop 21st century job skills. In 2014, the BBC noted that the Nigerian economy eclipsed that of South Africa to become the largest in Africa, growing to a...

Inspiring Girls to Become Tech Entrepreneurs

In Moldova, 17-year-old Dana worked with a group of high school students to build an app to help others in their community stay informed about events happening in their city. Their team — team NANDA — is one of seven in Moldova that participated in the Technovation Challenge, a program that teaches young women about...

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Beyond Access Explains the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Through the Beyond Access initiative, IREX partnered with IFLA and other organizations, including CIVICUS, Article 19,...

Celebrating One Year of Work to Boost Affordable Internet Access

A core element of the IREX mission, through its Center for Collaborative Technology, is to fight for initiatives that support open affordable public access to the Internet around the world. The scope of technology and the pace of its growth is reframing the dynamics of power, wealth, and access to information with the capacity to...

Partnering with Ooredoo to Drive Access to Information in Myanmar

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new phase of Beyond Access’s work in Myanmar. This week the Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), in cooperation with the Myanmar Ministry of Information, Ooredoo and IREX, launched the Beyond Access Myanmar program. The program will expand upon the work of MBAPF and Beyond Access...

App Discovery Day in Bangkok

If you’re in Bangkok on Friday, October 17, please join us for “App Discovery Day” at TK Park from 2-4pm. Beyond Access is a program implemented by IREX that helps countries modernize their public library systems. We’re gathering a group of people together to explore how tablets can be used in public libraries to support...

New Award for Public Libraries Contributing to Education

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is inviting applications for their new innovation award – for public libraries contributing to education of children and adults. This call is open to public and community libraries in developing and transitioning countries. The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks. The deadline for...

How Can Tablet Computers Support Education in the World’s Slums?

This blog post was originally published by EIFL. Visit their website to read the full post.  In Kibera — a vast urban slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya — children often learn in classrooms that do not have electricity, computers, or internet access. They typically struggle to pass exams because their schools don’t have...

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Tackling Illiteracy Through Libraries in Asia

This post was originally published by READ Global. Read the complete post on their website. “My...

How Public Libraries Can Support Community Literacy

I recently had the fortune to participate in a UNESCO meeting on mobile literacy solutions for out-of-school children in Thailand. With a large population of migrants in some of the most difficult-to-reach parts of the country, many children risk missing out on school. Thailand’s official commitment to ensuring access to education for all is impressive —...

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