Context: Digital divide
Start date: 01/02/2012
End date: Ongoing
Areas of intervention: Miarinarivo, Itasy
Activities:

  • Internet access
  • Digital education
  • ICT for development

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IT Cup project, Miarinarivo, Itasy region

Publication date: Feb 01, 2012 12:00 AM
Last modication date: Jan 24, 2019 10:12 AM
2012 - Ongoing
Improve the living conditions of the population of the Itasy Region by using ICT to create social links, responding to local priority issues for sustainable development

Context

Miarinarivo is the capital of the Itasy region, in central Madagascar, 3 hours’ drive from the capital Antananarivo. The Itasy region is predominantly rural; it has many assets to promote sustainable and profitable development for the population. The city of Miarinarivo centralises all the administrative bodies of the region and it is also home to many schools where children from the surrounding countryside come to study.

In 2011, the city had no access to public internet. TSF set up an internet access point with the funds collected by the IT Cup the previous year. Partner since 2006, the IT Cup is an NGO organizing a charity football tournament for companies in the new technologies sector.

The aim of the project is to participate in the development of the region through the introduction of digital tools and connectivity by working in close collaboration with local stakeholders and by including activities related to various sectors such as education, health and agriculture. The IT Cup Centre has become a dynamic and important community player in the city of Miarinarivo by offering ICT at the service of local issues.

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IT Cup Centre

The IT Cup Centre is located in the city of Miarinarivo. It has a broadband internet connection, computers and digital equipment and spaces adapted to the various multisectoral activities of the centre.

Access to digital tools

The internet café was the first activity set up at the IT Cup Centre as soon as it was opened. It offers the inhabitants of Miarinarivo direct access to computer equipment and an internet connection, while having the necessary tools: printer, scanner, etc. to carry our personal work.

The cybercafé had an average of 600 entries per month in 2017, with users mainly between the ages of 16-25 years old, made up 2/3 of boys and men, and of 1/3 girls and women.

Madagascar ITCup - Infographic monthly visitors 2017 Madagascar ITCup - Infographic  age pyramid 2017

Education

Young people - middle and high school students - are particularly familiar with new technologies, especially with social networks. TSF's project pays particular attention to providing a better understanding of these tools, but also the risks: false information, scams, security (virus), etc.

Introduction to computers

The IT Cup Centre has initiated partnerships with local schools (Miarinarivo High School, Mimosa High School and CEG Reference). According to their age, students in these institutions receive an introduction to computers (word processing, spreadsheet, internet, e-mails). Students are divided into two groups of up to 10 pupils. Personalised assessment systems allow each student to become aware of their skills and progress.

Before the training, 60% of students had never used a computer.

Madagascar ITCup - Infographic pupil's level before training

Extracurricular activities

In partnership with the Alabri centre, extracurricular activities are offered to all children in the city. During these activities, digital resources are used to allow children to learn in a fun way.

Madagascar ITCup - Infographic school origin of beneficiaries

School follow-up (120 children / week)
Creative and manual activities (40 children / week)
Board games (50 children / week)
RaConte-moi (Malagasy tales) (20 children / week)

In total, more than 500 children are enrolled in these activities.

Agriculture

One of the main activities of the inhabitants of Itasy is agriculture. The IT Cup project therefore studied the ways in which digital tools could bring sustain to this sector. A partnership with the NGO Agrisud has been initiated for this purpose to better support farmers in the region.

To date, members have received training on the use of spreadsheets, enabling them to improve the management of their inventories.

Health

The IT Cup Centre has initiated a cycle of interventions on public health themes in partnership with the hospital of Miarinarivo.

At each intervention, a hospital doctor introduces the topic to the participants. Digital media are used to provide additional information (articles etc), or to check the understanding of the theme using tablet quizzes.

The topics covered in 2017 include food poisoning, plague, bilhaziosis, malaria and safe drinking water.

Data collection to improve access to drinking water

The town of Soavinandriana, the newly created institute for Higher Education (IESSI) initiated a study on the existing water structures in the area. Whilst there are several structures in place, there is currently no formal register listing them all. The IESSI initiated a project in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux aiming at indexing and analysing information relating to local water sources.

The IT Cup Centre was called upon for the data collection phase of the project, and trained IESSI students in the use of tablets for data collection.

The tablets enabled students to efficiently carry out a thorough inventory of the local water sources, notably sanitary facilities. Students were also able to take geo-tagged photos of the water points for better referencing.

These data were then centralised on a map provided in alliance with Open Street Map Madagascar. The map of the commune of Soavinandriana has also been updated thanks to this survey project.

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