“Digit To All” Project
Achiya Khatun, an illiterate 55 years old lady, has lived her long life in a little village named Nij Maona of Sripur Upazilla. But her inherent thrust for education has survived which is now having its true shape. Now she can proudly write her name. Not only that little literacy, she has also learned some agricultural matters and has successfully started papaya plantation at her home compound. All of these successes have been carried out by the pilot project named “Digit To All” of Amadyer Cloud Ltd. Under this exceptional project, Mr. Forhad a young entrepreneur has learned the methods required for cattle farming and bought 15 cows. The total amount of his investment is 6 lacs taka. In addition, Adbul Ohab, Baki Billah and many other farmers have got their inspiration from this project to work in different fields. They have used their own manufactured organic and earthworm fertilizer in the plant field which has turned down the use of chemical fertilizer level and has reduced the cultivation cost. Like Achiya Kahtun, Forhad or Baki Billah, more 138 families of the Nij Maona village have started their expedition to change their fate by the Information Support.
In “Digit To All” Project the involvement of women is much more higher than the men. Besides their household activities, with the help of information provided, they are running poultry business and planting vegetable in the yard. And followed by this, the opportunities are opening for women’s empowerment.
The project is running under the facilitation of three businessmen and a lawyer. According to the entrepreneurs, the core objective of this project is to make the information dynamically accessible to the mass people which will stimulate the socio-economic development. And to make it happen, the initiative is with the best use of modern information technology, making the information directly reachable to the illiterate people and to those who are remotely connected to the mass-media.
For the very first time in Bangladesh, a server named “cloud server’ has been developed for this project. Under this project 138 families of Nij Maona village have got a tablet PC per family basis. Four wide WiFi networks have been developed to build the connection between the cloud server and tablet PCs. By this network, the tablet PCs get information and it becomes possible to have a favourable catalogue of the applied information. New information are downloaded in the tablet PCs by internet.
The tablet PCs having touch screen facility can be operated by seeing pictures and hearing instructions given in Bengali. So, for the illiterate people it is highly user friendly. Now, primarily, information about education, health, agriculture and different administrative matters are being served under this project. To make the themes understandable, topic related pictures have been attached to the subjects which can be touched and have the sound effect to every picture. And after entering into the program, subject wise video documentaries get started. By this way, the user gets ideas and instructions on different matters.
Regarding agriculture the information are about paddy, vegetable cultivation, fishery, cattle farming and producing organic fertilizer. Health oriented issues are namely the syndromes of different diseases and due instructions. In case of education, for primary literacy e-books with alphabetic instructions and for secondary level secondary e-books have been uploaded to the server.
The Access to Information (A2I) program being governed under the direction of E-governance cell of the Prime Minister’s Office is assisting the Pilot Project by giving informative support. Most of the data of “Digit To All” project are collected from the National E-Infocell. The Brac University is giving the technical support to this pilot project.
One of the cornerstones of this project has said to the Daily Ittefaq that ‘the main aim of this project is to promote the realistic and self dependent use of information technology. The initiative can be treated as the social business. After this pilot project, we have certain plan to carry it up to a wide range. But to make it happen we need supports from government as well as from donor organisations’.
Another sponsor of this project said that ‘in early stage some information about primary needs are given, and slowly the number of data will be increased’. The project stared on 26th June, 2011 will have its end in this month.