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Internet access: Vital to providing wider access to education and health awareness in rural communities in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, December 23, 2016/ -- The Internet is one of the most important enablers of social development and education. While Internet services have been quite phenomenal in the rest of the world, access to the Internet remains very low in Africa, especially in the rural communities. According to the Internet World Stats for Africa 2016 (http://APO.af/AvhzA), only 9.3% of people across the African continent are Internet users.

“A few years ago anyone who could not read and write was considered illiterate, but today this concept goes further, encompassing people who do not know how to use information and communication technologies. Health organizations and schools in Africa often face a unique set of obstacles, including a lack of access to much-needed health education and counselling platforms. The Community Tablet was created to help solve these problems”, says Dayn Amade.                                 

In today’s digital world, bringing Internet access to rural communities is a tremendous step in the right direction of social development and education. Mozambican technology start-up company Kamaleon (http://Kamaleon.co.mz) has developed an innovative and engaging way of promoting digital literacy through a shared platform called the “Community Tablet” (“Tablet Comunitário”). The Community Tablet is a solar powered mobile computer with touch screen displays and virtual keyboards built in on a trailer to provide Internet access to remote areas. In order to facilitate interaction with the virtual world, Kamaleon also offers training on how to use the Internet and its features to members of the community and the local workforce.

Launched in November 2016 in Mozambique, the Community Tablet ultimately aims to promote digital inclusion and a knowledge based society in Africa. Beginning in Mozambique with an astounding 24 million people with no Internet connection, the Community Tablet will be used to support campaigns on various Health and Education initiatives in partnership with governmental and private organisations. Spreading up-to-date messages and interactive lessons that showcase symptoms, prevention and treatment options – replacing the need for leaflet distributions to convey life saving information. Kamaleon is on a mission to close the digital divide and empower more people in Africa to engage in the digital economy and its educational benefits.

“I believe technology and digital literacy can contribute to greater effectiveness of civic education campaigns in various communities”, says Dayn Amade.

We face hurdles in life that make us want to quit, make us cry and wish we were no more but the fact is we are still alive and that alone is something to be grateful for even when life sucks.

The good thing with life is that we cannot predict what the next hour will bring and so having positive attitude towards everything even the negative ones helps us to have the energy to keep going. But when we allow the negativity to rule our minds and emotions then we are likely to be more or less mere spectators of our own lives. There is nothing as bad as knowing that you intentionally wasted your life just because of passive resignation to circumstances.

I have had my own share of  the good and bad times that life has to offer. They have taught me that each moment is predestined to happen just the way it happened and whether we like or not it is what it is and we cannot change it. But we be positive about it. Everything happens for a reason and the secret is getting to know and understand what is the reason for that season. This leaves you with a better understanding and different perspectives about circumstances and situations.

I appreciate spending time alone, to reflect and appreciate myself. Most of us try as much as we can to be busy even when we are not productive, we will do anything to avoid being alone because we fear facing our own shadows, which is a pity. We need time for ourselves so that we can think about things that are happening in our lives and how we can make use of our potential.

We need time to understand our strengths, our weaknesses, our potentials and our challenges. This way, we are able to focus our energy to the most important things because only then can we make the right priorities.

I have made it a routine to take a break and put everything on hold just for a moment. I let me love who I am. I get to appreciate my victories and my obstacles. I cry about the hurts, the pain, the failures, the mistakes and then I take a long breath and let go of the bitter moments. Then with a priceless smile, I think of the things that have made me strong, the things that have brought me joy and self-satisfaction and at that moment even without being in a relationship, I feel loved, I feel a deep appreciation of who I am.

 

I hold myself so high not  to let unnecessary pride pull me down but to the point that I cannot not afford to let anything or anyone ruin that moment. And by so doing I have learned that I do not need anyone to tell me that they love me for me to feel loved. I can love myself unconditionally and knowing that God loves me just the way I am is all I will ever need.