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Monday, June 04, 2007

Arnon Atomea Distance Learning Centre in Malu'u, North Malaita to be opened this week

The much awaited Arnon Atomea Distance Learning Centre is expected to be opened in Malu'u, North Malaita this week, as reported by PFNet.

This will enable the Arnon Atomea Centre to bring online distance learning and general Internet services to the doorstep of North Malaita people.

The Distance Learning Centres Project (DLCP) is an EU-funded component of the Education Sector Investment and Reform Programme (ESIRP). It is being implemented for the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development by the People First Network (PFNet) of the Rural Development Volunteers Association (RDVA).

The project is establishing a Solomon Islands SchoolNet, with nine distance learning centres located in rural community high schools in each province, equipped with broadband Internet through a newly established VSAT network. The project is working with education providers building capacity to deliver distance education in support of the curriculum, for in-school teacher training, technical and vocational training (TVET), open and flexible learning.

The centres will be run as multipurpose community telecentres, building on PFnet's sustainable rural networking experience, and are expected to have wide impacts in rural development.

Source of pic: PFNet

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