|Chapter 7: Using Networks to Strengthen Telecenters
In late 2006, a consortium of Mission 2007 partners, including NASSCOM Foundation, MSSRF, WorldCorps, and TARAhaat began developing modules in all of these areas. Each module is going through an iterative, community-driven development process, with early versions of the curriculum being tried out with and shaped by grassroots telecenter activists. This participatory development process is being run in Hindi, Tamil, and Telegu to ensure that the material is accessible and relevant to the rural residents who are on the frontlines of the telecenter movement in India.Over time, it is expected that the Training Commons curriculum will form the foundation for offerings at an ongoing Telecenter Academy in India. As telecentre.org partner networks develop their own telecenter manager training programs, they will be joined and coordinated through a global Telecenter Academy program. The Training Commons materials will form the cornerstone of this global effort.
The Training Commons concept (i.e., training modules that can be developed and used across networks of telecenters) can be replicated in other countries where materials can be developed in other languages and adapted to regional and national contexts; telecentre.org is particularly active in this area. To facilitate scale-up initiatives, it is essential to realize economies of scale in the development and use of training materials. A slightly different example is given in Box 21.
7.10. Case Study: Esplai—Developing and Distributing Services that Telecenters Can Offer to CommunitiesPeople don’t come into telecenters because they need a telecenter; they come because they have a particular need for information or assistance with which a telecenter can help. This is where services and content come in: training services, agricultural services, health services, e-Governance services, and so on. These services are what bring people to a telecenter.