The Siaya Community Library and Basic Internet Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 11th of April 2020.
The mandate of The Siaya Community Library is to provide access to information through availing books and information technology resources, serving students in primary and secondary schools and colleges around the Siaya county in the Lake Victoria Region of Kenya. The library offers its services to people of multicultural backgrounds including women groups, youths who have completed their education, professionals and individuals from marginalized groups seeking information to help them succeed in their various occupations such as farmers and local businessmen within the county.
On the other hand, The Basic Internet Foundation promotes free access to information for all, and has established community-driven informations spots to provide free access. Information provided by the foundation is in the form of compressed text, images and local content from the Information Spot. The foundation has established infrastructure to extend the mobile network, and provides wireless access.
The goal of the collaboration is to promote digital inclusion through Information Spots, connecting the libraries and establishing information spots in Siaya County and areas transversing the Lake Victoria Region and looking into partnerships based on digital integration so as to establish pilot operation with the Siaya Community Library. Through the pilot operations, we will establish the proof of concept for digital inclusion, societal empowerment and innovation acceleration within the Lake Region. The proof of concept is the basis for project proposals extending into other areas.
Our call for action necessitates invitation of shareholders to the digital inclusion agenda and project, capacity building, funding mechanisms via donor institutions, partners from both the public and private sectors and other non-governmental organisations.
Two examples addressing the role of broadband, regulations and municipal networks. And they leave the question:
What can we do to give everyone free access to information?