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From: john abdul kargbo
Time: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 03:45:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: RE: Academic Network in Sierra Leone
>1)What has happened since 2002 with the introduction of the Internet
>in educational institutions?
A series of stake holders meetings i.e. from the UK, the University of
Sierra Leone and the principals of selected sec schs for the introduction
of Internet in educational institutions have been held and some ICT
equipment supplied to kick start the project. It is in its preliminary
>2)Could you please provide a technical description of the academic
>connectivity and network topology in Sierra Leone?
Each of the constituent units of the University of Sierra Leone ie FBC,NUC,
IPAM and COMAHS,has stand alone node locations. Between 1994 and 2001
SALSTINET INITIATIVE was launched which aimed to foster collaboration between
information providers, researchers,'informatics' and end users of science and
technological info(sti) in the country.
The objective was to establish a national capacity for the generation,
collection,provision and dissemination of local and international science and
technical research results for policy makers, Govt. Officials, Scientists and
Technologists and private concerns. This was located at FBC in the care
of the URDS but have long since ceased to function. Similarly there is a node
at COMAHS of SierraNet Initiative which amongst other things aims to provide
a forum where interested uni students can develop computing skills through
>3) Please describe the technical setup of the academic/research network and
>the underlying technology.
Sadly the academic /research network is supposed to be the care of URDS but no
one seems to know what is happening as nothing is done.
>4) How many institutions are currently connected to your research network? How
>many users are connected approximately?
Nothing practically exists.
>5)What do you see as the prospects for development of the academic/research
>network in Sierra Leone; what would help it, and what are currently the major
Prospects are bleak as the URDS lacks capacity building, equipment and funds
to be involved in effective networking activites. To kick start the programme
there should be adequate funding,scientific and technically minded staff,
computer equipment effective power supply and the will on the side of management
to effectuate any networking programme. I only hope that some one out there could
help salvage the situation in which I will be more than willing to coordinate.
John Abdul Kargbo