Essaouira, digital city

Essaouira Digital City and Its Highway of Knowledge

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Essaouira
MA Morocco
Web http://www.arenotech.org/2006/essaouira_marruecos.htm
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About the project Edit

Essaouira Digital City is the great new initiative that just opened the Cité des Alizés in partnership with the Association Essaouira-Mogador and the Spanish Foundation “Bits Inspiring People”. This foundation is classified as public interest under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs in Spain. More than 300,000 people in Spain access the Internet using the facilities offered to them. They created a group of business leaders who decided to bring technology closer to society’s most disadvantaged.

The project aims to put in place 10,000 computers in five years that will be installed in priority in the homes of those in difficult situations in Essaouira and its surroundings in the province. A pilot project will be implemented for about fifty families and create five training centres equipped with 20 computers each.

The equipment will give access to interactive multimedia content for training and information, as well as to a specific e-learning program that deals with citizen education, school support and literacy among other things. All the content will be developed and disseminated gradually using Wi-Max technology. An ad hoc committee has been established locally to ensure followup.

Thanks to Wi-Max technology, Essaouira can be receiver, transmitter and operator of a global project that optimizes the full potential of its future development. This project is part of the National Initiative of Human Development (INDH) launched by King Mohammed VI. Households that are socially fragile and families in difficult situations can access the most advanced technologies.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This project is unique and creative because it brings technology closer to society’s most disadvantaged.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The project’s social value is that it gives households that are socially fragile and families in difficult situations the possibility to access the most advanced technologies.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

It is the great new initiative that just opened the Cité des Alizés in partnership with the Association Essaouira-Mogador and the Spanish Foundation “Bits Inspiring People”.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

This project is part of the National Initiative of Human Development (INDH) launched by King Mohammed VI. Households that are socially fragile and families in difficult situations can access the most advanced technologies.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The project aims to put in place 10,000 computers in five years that will be installed in priority in the homes of those in difficult situations in Essaouira and its surroundings in the province. A pilot project will be implemented for about fifty families and create five training centres equipped with 20 computers each.

The equipment will give access to interactive multimedia content for training and information, as well as to a specific e-learning program that deals with citizen education, school support and literacy among other things. All the content will be developed and disseminated gradually using Wi-Max technology. An ad hoc committee has been established locally to ensure followup.

Also, the City of Essaouira is developing a technopark project on 14 hectares. Work will start at the end of 2006 and will allow the city to rediscover its status as a City of Knowledge (we will recall the seniority of its university dating back to the ninth century).


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