05.05.2004 -

UNESCO Publishes Guide on Community Multimedia Centres

UNESCO has just released a handbook on Community Multimedia Centres entitled: "How To Get Started And Keep Going: A Guide to Community Multimedia Centres". Written by reputed practitioners and researchers working on CMCs or ICT for development, it is available in hard copy, CD Rom and on WebWorld.

The book is a practical tool intended to be of use to those involved in CMCs or other models of community media (information centers, multipurpose telecentres, community learning centers, etc.).


Staff and managers, community groups, NGOs working for community empowerment, communication planners supporting development activities, trainers, project partners and researchers may all find the guide of interest. It will be of particular use to those wanting to start a CMC or a related information center, as it covers range of topics linked to community broadcasting and telecentre management.


Specific CMC issues, ranging from types of CMC to relevant technologies, community involvement, developing training and skills, organizational matters, research and evaluation, sustainability and sourcing information and contents are dealt with in eleven chapters. It contains numerous illustrations, practical examples and case studies from operational CMCs, which makes it a user-friendly reference. The guide is currently available in English. A French version will be published in the coming months.


This book is a complementary resource to the Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK), a comprehensive suite of workshop-ready, open-access training materials that UNESCO and a group of stakeholders are developing. The first modules of this tool are available on www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/.


Bibliographic entry


How To Get Started And Keep Going : A Guide to Community Multimedia Centres . - Stella Hughes, Sucharita Eashwar, Venus E. Jennings (Ed.) - Paris: UNESCO, 2004 (141 p)

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