WiderNet Releases Four New Portals for the eGranary

By Carolyn Turney

The WiderNet Project announces the release four new portals within the eGranary Digital Library. With the release of these four, the number of portals available through WiderNet’s eGranary now stands at 34. The new additions to the eGranary include the Global Disability Right Library (GDRL) Spanish, CocoaOndo, Community Development Resources, National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) portals.

The Global Disability Rights Library Spanish portal joins its English and French counterparts in enabling decision makers and advocates for disability rights worldwide. The goal of this portal in to build a bridge between global information sources and the millions of Spanish speaking people with disabilities, their advocates, and policymakers around the world by making it easier for them to access hundreds of thousands of educational and organizational resources on disability rights, whether or not they have access to the Internet. 

The CocoOndo portal is a collection built specifically for the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). WCF generously donated the use of their website plus a handful of other practical cocoa farming materials to add to the portal. Those resources have been supplemented with nutrition and agriculture information relevant to the cocoa farming communities where the eGranaries are used.

The Community Development Resources portal will premiere during a Peace Corps training session in Septmber 2013 in Zambia. This portal highlights a diverse set of resources available on the eGranary that can be used in a variety of ways by community development workers and volunteers, students and the community as a whole. The resources have been organized as follows:

  • Educational Resources for Students: Intended for students at the secondary level, this section includes 3,000+ videos from the Khan Academy library covering a range from math and science to history and finance, a host of up to date math and science textbooks and numerous other resources 
  • Technology Resources: Recognizing the value of technical skills in today's economy, this set of resources was selected for the purpose of developing technological skills and could be used for variety of purposes ranging from community classes on basic computer skills to students who want to learn web design or a programming language 
  • Community Development Project Resources: Aiming to support those involved in community development projects, resources include Peace Corps manuals and training documents, instructional guides for appropriate technologies and other 
  • Teaching and Learning Resources: Focuses on documents on learning theories, how to manage classes and engage students in order to prepare and train those working in the education sector

The National Institute of Public Administration portal was built by Tony Lee, a training instructor at UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. The portal was developed for the National Institute of Public Administration, an education institution in Lusaka, Zambia. NIPA is a major management development institution offering full time, part time and distant learning courses in Management, Law, and Business. The portal aims to enhance the academic endeavors of both students and staff at the institute.

These four portals are the first to be released by The WiderNet Project since the organization relocated to North Carolina from Iowa in February 2013.