The dot-EDU program is part of the USAID-funded DOT-COM Alliance and focuses on "Learning Systems." It is an ICT4D/E program led by EDC.

Website/portal: (website closed; access old DOT-COM pages via )

The dot-EDU mission is "To assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems to improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcasting technologies." It implements training and pilot projects to this end.

It is not known if this program's activities in Africa involved any localisation. [need more info]


  • Botswana - "ICTs in African Schools Conference" ("help policymakers in Botswana understand e-rate and consider it for a universal service mechanism," 2003)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • "Improving Basic Education, Especially for Girls in Targeted Areas (aka SIEEQ)" (using digital video for "training of 820 teachers and supervisors in active pedagogy and gender equity," 2004-06)
    • "Complementary Instructional Strategies and Community Learning and Resource Center in DRC" (use local knowledge and technologies to improve "current basic educational methodologies and support the existing national curriculum," 2002-04)
  • Ghana - "Ghana and IT policy" ("integrate computers and Internet technology into the education of students in African schools," 2003)
  • Kenya - "Kenya Education Sector Support Program" ("development of an Options Paper for the Ministry of Education," 2005)
  • Madagascar - "Technology Support for Education" ("improve primary schooling in selected sites," 2006-08)
  • Mali - "University to University Linkage" ("institutional capacity building for effective technical support and telecommunications infrastructure, faculty capacity building in academic applications of ICTs, and strategic planning and institutional development," 2002-03)
  • Namibia
    • "Alliance to Promote ICTs in Namibian Schools (GDA SchoolNet)" ("seeks to rollout wireless and off-grid school-based computer laboratories to 50 schools," 2003-06)
    • "Initiative for Namibian Education Technology (iNET)" ("supports the Ministry of Basic Education, Sport and Culture (MBESC) in the establishment of physical, online, and human resources within the Ministry, as well as policy development in relation to ICT, education, and training," 2003-05)
  • Rwanda - "Teacher Professional Development and IT Equipment Provision" ("provided an integrated ICT "one stop shop" for all academic and administrative needs of the Kigali Institute," 2002-03)
  • Somalia - "Somali Interactive Radio Instruction Program (SIRIP)" ("respond to the current educational needs ... while also working toward the establishment of effective educational materials. Interactive Radio instruction (IRI) will be the primary response...," 2005-08)
  • Sudan
    • "Sudan Radio Service" (in southern Sudan, "provides access to balanced, accurate news and useful information through radio-based education and entertainment programs presented by local presenters in English, Arabic, and eight local languages," 2003-06)
    • "Assessment/Design for a Sudan Independent Radio Station" ("covered the design and management of a radio station that will broadcast into southern Sudan," 2002-03)
    • "dot-EDU Support to Education in Southern Sudan" ("design, develop and pilot test appropriate and cost-effective technologies that will be used to provide learning opportunities for children and adults, and to train teachers, in southern Sudan," 2004-08)
  • Uganda
    • "The IT and HIV/AIDS Pilot Project" ("developed methods for NGOs to use ICT to help alleviate the stresses related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic," 2002-03)
    • "Connect-ED Phase II" ("aims to build on the infrastructure established in Phase I with a central focus on sustainability and a long-term information and communication technologies (ICT) strategy for KyU and the colleges," 2003-05)
    • "Piloting Low-Energy, Low Cost Thin-Client Appliances to Link Teacher College and Primary Schools" ("seeking to develop direct relations between teachers colleges and primary schools," 2005-06)
  • Zambia
    • "Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) for Out of School Youth" ("provides an alternative, interactive basic education program for orphans and out-of-school children, developing both the communications infrastructure and the technical capacity for the Government of Zambia to implement such a program," 2003-04)
    • "Improvement of Basic Education for More School Aged Children (Phase II)" ("build on and expand the previous Zambia IRI project activities by supporting the continuation and completion of educational radio programs up to and including Grade 9," 2004-09)


dot-EDU was led by EDC. The following organisations were listed as partners at :

  • Academy for Educational Development (AED) (dot-ORG)
  • Centro Peruano de Audicion, Lenguaje y Aprendizaje (CPAL)
  • Concord Consortium Concord Consortium (CC)
  • Council for Basic Education (CBE)
  • Earthwalk Communications Logo EarthWalk Communications, Inc.
  • Howard University (Ambulatory Care Center)
  • IBM Corporation (International Practice)
  • Intel Foundation
  • Intercultural Center for Research in Education (INCRE)
  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • MSI logo Management Systems International (MSI)
  • Media Bridge
  • Michigan State University (MSU) (MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online)
  • Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tec de Monterrey)
  • NIIT Limited
  • Omar Dengo Foundation - Education, Technology, and Omar Dengo Foundation (FOD)
  • Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
  • Prince George's Community College (Center for Academic Resource Development)
  • Real World Productions (RWP)
  • SchoolNet/Namibia (Katutura Community Arts Center)
  • International Literacy Institute at the University University of Pennsylvania (ILI/ U of PA) (International Literacy Institute)
  • University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh (The GINIE Project) (International Institute for Studies in Education)
  • World As A Classroom
  • World Computer Exchange? (WCE)
  • World Education
  • World Links
  • WorldSpace Foundation (WSF)

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