the multimedia telecentre at Dubique
an isolated rural village on the south coast of Dominica. A multimedia
telecentre, with two computers, a printer and a telephone line
was established in the village community centre in 2001 as part
of a UNESCO communications project. Training in computer skills,
typing and basic English, was also provided for youth and villagers.
The villagers play their part in maintaining the centre through
fund raising and monthly contributions.
Young people using the telecentre in Dubique, 2001
A report from
the Dubique Integrated Committee (July 2001) stated 'The youth
in particular have benefited in a variety of ways, namely basic
computer literacy, basic English skills, help with their home
assignments, and socialization. The presence of the telecentre
has reduced the number of idle individuals known to be roaming
the streets. The excitement present among the youth is increasing
as they learn more about the functions of the computer. Adults
are also showing great interest in typing courses and about ten
adults are enrolled - more are expected to join'.
As part of
Small Islands Voice activities, and described in a December
2003 progress report, additional computers have been provided
as well as internet connections. Further training in computer
and internet use was given to young people and adults so that
villagers can benefit from the internet and also participate in
the Small Islands Voice internet-based global forum and the youth
forum. Training in computer maintenance was provided to the persons
managing the Dubique tele-centre.
is becoming an integral part of the Dubique community and a centre
for youth activities; this is besides providing computer and internet
services. Other activities such as the formation of a youth group
and the cultivation of vegetables are described in the April
2004 Progress report, prepared by Asha James.
Kenny James, assisted by Emmeline Joseph
and Lisa Alcendor access the Small Islands Voice internet forums
at the Dubique telelcentre