[Linux-aus] Linux reaches (near) Afghanistan again
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Wed Aug 6 23:39:02 UTC 2003
Apparently, they now have a LUG there as well, but I can't find it for
looking. Here is the original article:
Afghanistan is being rebuilt with the help of the Linux
The United Nations is training civil servants in the
intricacies of the software to help them get government
computer systems up and running.
The first civil servants to complete their training in
Linux went back to work earlier this month.
The UN hopes that training government workers to use
Linux will help the country close the technology gap
that separates it from many other countries.
Here's an original UNDP doc on the topic:
Gaurab Raj Upadhaya UNDP Trainer for Linux states "The
benefits of this training and understanding the
software are many. Practically, we can see them being
able to offer newer services in their work places and
also able to implement advanced network services.
UNDP ICT programme has targeted technical and semi
technical staff at the Ministry of Communications and
other ministries. As technical staff have the
responsibility to manage and maintain networks and
provide services in their domain. They need the skill
to get over their dependency on external contractors
"This training is very important for the future of
Afghanistan and its role in the International arena
for development. We have been without resources for
many years and we don't have efficient IT operating
systems in Afghanistan. This training and hopefully
more advanced training will enable us to utilize
computers and become more sufficient, effective and
reliable. Also this will transfer to other departments
like medicine, schools and through the country." said
Mr. Peer Mohamad Bariyali a student from the
The Linux training has been funded by the as a 100%
UNDP implemented programme in conjunction with
Ministry of Communications of up-skilling Ministry of
Communication staff as part of a range of Capacity
Building Projects to aid learning as a tool to help
with the Reconstruction of Afghanistan.
This all lends a particular irony to this earlier article:
And now Tajikistan gets a shipment:
The former Soviet Union Republic was ravaged by a
six-year civil war after breaking away from Russia
more than a decade ago. Now, half the population
of 6.5 million in the mountainous, landlocked,
northern neighbor of Afghanistan is under 20 years
old, and many children have no parents.
Marupov also told Kovacs that Tajiks traditionally
have had to learn a foreign language to use a
computer. If that barrier could be overcome, Tajiks
could use computers and Internet technology to get
around problems with poor phone reliability and the
high cost of long-distance calls.
Kovacs founded a nonprofit group, Khujand Computer
Technologies, to work on the problem.
Marupov recruited some university students
interested in honing their English, and they soon
began translating the dialogue boxes, menus, and
the rest of the user interface of the Mandrake
version of Linux into Tajik.
Not much in a country 1/3 the population of Australia, but
it's a start.
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