Cloth Pads, Share The Benefit

Come on everyone, let's work together here.

“We have been piloting the introduction and use of reusable cloth pads among girls/ women in 2011. Even when we were working with very limited resources, the project is creating impact, and the demand for our services is growing among girls/women, school leadership and parents.”

“LUYODEFO has launched a mass campaign to help promote the affordability, use and application of reusable sanitary pads among women and girls in Kasese, western Uganda. The campaign aimed to teach communities on the benefits of the reusable sanitary pads over the disposal pads; creating awareness on puberty, menstruation and menstrual hygiene; reproductive health issues; sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and girl child education. Key focus will be on the phase of the menstrual cycle discussing the functions of the relevant body parts, and the use and management of cloth pads including cleaning instructions for long term use/benefit.

There will be some time for questions where the girls/ women can ask about anything pertaining to female hygiene, the menstrual cycle, and any other issues the girls/ women may face today.”

National Renewable Energy Day in Tanzania - June 6th and 7th 2012 - Dar es Salaam

The United Nations has declared 2012 the year of sustainable energy for all.

Furthermore, access to modern energy is critical to Africa's achievement of the millenium development goals. Please Check out the website for the National Renewable Energy Day Exhibition in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, June 6-7, 2012.

It will be a great showcase for the possibilities and challenges of expanding the use of renewable energy.

There will be an exhibtion, workshops, a site visit at a renewable energy installation, and an excellent networking opportunity for renewable energy and environmental stakeholders across the country and region.

If it is about getting the message out ...

The blog post about  FarmAfripedia got quite a lot of attention. I was asked to republish it here on the Kabissa blog to give it more exposure in Africa. It was commented on in several places. Sadly the most relevant message is that it will be almost impossible for FarmAfripedia and Wikipedia to cooperate.


The problem is with copyright and licensing. The use of the information on FarmAfripedia is restricted  by the CC by-nc-sa license. The Wikimedia Foundation projects are available under a CC by-sa license, this does allow for commercial use. The WMF rationale is that the information it is the custodian of to as many people as possible. This is why commercial use is allowed, this is why the WMF cooperates with telephone companies to make our content available free of charge on mobile telephones in our Wikipedia Zero projects.


FarmAfripedia uses the CC-by-nc-sa license because it makes it easier to use material from the United Nations. The aim of the UN is very much to get its message out. Using a license that prevents cooperation and re-use down stream is clearly not in its interest.


There is no right or wrong. It is only a sad realisation that incompatible licenses prevent the kind of cooperation that is in the best interest of everybody involved. FarmAfripedia may reconsider its licensing, the UN may reconsider its licensing but for the WMF it is all about getting the message out as widely as possible.





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Pedagogical Integration of ICT: Successes and Challenges from 100+ African Schools - 3rd edition


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The PanAfrican Research Agenda aimed to better understand how the pedagogical integration of ICT can improve the quality of teaching and learning in Africa.

In the first project phase, national research teams gathered data on the educational use of ICT in 13 countries: Ghana, Gambia, Senegal, Central African Republic, Uganda, Mozambique, Mali, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Congo, Cameroon, and South Africa, and Zambia. Data were collected according to a mixed-method approach, using quantitative data (e.g., questionnaires) and qualitative data (e.g., interviews, observations) on how ICT were integrated into education. In all, 120 schools, 800 school administrators, 8 940 teachers, and 242 873 students participated in the project.

Intégration pédagogique des TIC : Succès et défis de 100+ écoles africaines - 3e édition


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L'agenda panafricain de recherche vise à « mieux comprendre comment l'intégration pédagogique des TIC peut améliorer la qualité des enseignements et des apprentissages en Afrique ». Au cours de la première phase du projet, une équipe nationale de recherche a recueilli des données à propos des usages des TIC pour l'enseignement et l'apprentissage dans chacun des treize pays suivants : le Ghana, la Gambie, la Zambie, le Sénégal, la République centrafricaine, l'Ouganda, le Mozambique, le Mali, le Kenya, la Côte d'Ivoire, le Congo, le Cameroun et l'Afrique du Sud.

The PanAf Publications Catalogue / Le catalogue des publications du projet PanAf

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This is a catalogue of publications of the PanAf Project.
The publications listed in this document have been produced as outputs of the Panafrican Research Agenda on the Pedagogical Integration of ICT Project , funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, and implemented by the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA,, in collaboration with the University of Montreal. 
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