AZERBAIJAN SCHOOL CONNECTIVITY PARTICIPATES IN GENEVA WORLD SUMMIT
Late evenings in Baku School #164's and Sheki School #8's Internet Computer Centers are much quieter than during school hours when the ICC is swarmed by students participating in online lessons, activities and trainings. On December 11, the quiet center turned into a medium for the schools' communities to participate in a momentous event of global proportions. Organizations from across the world had congregated in Geneva for the World Summit on the Information Society. For the first time, community member from Sheki Teymur Hasanov, School #8 tenth-grade student Nicat Shirinov and technical coordinators Firuza Mammadova and Elshan Mammadov were able to be a part of these discussions and international civil society with the help of the ASCP Internet Computer Centers. They joined their new president in representing their country to the international community. World Bank and Development Gateway sponsored a live web cast of "Geneva and Beyond: Operation Recommendations of the World Summit on the Information Society to Help Achieve the Millennium Development Goals" and provided viewers with the opportunity to give their questions and comments via email. Nicat Shirinov enquired about development of rural economies in Azerbaijan and Teymur Hasanov posed a question addressing the digital divide between rural and urban Azerbaijan
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is to be held in two phases. The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva, Switzerland on December 10-12 and the second phase will take place in Tunis, Tunisia in 2005. The summit, organized under the patronage of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, will provide a unique opportunity for Heads of State, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations, media representatives and civil society to assemble at a high-level gathering and to develop a better an understanding of the global information revolution and its impact on the international community.
The Azerbaijan School Connectivity Program and Azerbaijan's schools will be prepared for the Tunisia event also. Just as the Geneva summit did, the Tunisia event will give Azerbaijan's citizenry, especially those in rural areas, a rare opportunity to help form the international community's developmental goals and plans that will affect them and will allow them to again explore the unlimited opportunities provided by the Internet.
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