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Educating Guatemala’s Children Via Internet Connectivity

Wednesday, February 09, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Focus of NewCom International’s Address at Guateconnects Summit    

(Miami, Florida – February 7, 2011) Delivering a world-class education to children at thousands of schools located in remote communities throughout Guatemala is attainable and affordable – thanks to the power of the Internet and the global reach of satellite communications.

This was the central theme of the January 25th "Bringing Education to Rural Communities through Internet" summit hosted at Campus TEC in Guatemala City by Guateconnects, a project being driven by the education-focused non-profit FunSEPA to improve education throughout Guatemala. And it was the message delivered by Jaime Dickinson, President of NewCom International, a U.S.-based global satellite communications firm committed to fostering education and economic growth throughout Latin America and Africa.

NewCom, which specializes in bringing connectivity to rural developing communities around the globe from its world-class teleport in Miami, Florida, recently teamed with private contractors and government officials in Colombia to bring high-speed Internet access to nearly 2,000 rural schools, hospitals, government offices and businesses scattered throughout the country. Mr. Dickinson discussed the powerful impact of the communications initiative with the business and government leaders who attended the Guateconnects summit.

In a follow up interview, Dickinson said the Colombia communications initiative has given rural communities in that country an "open window to the world."

"The impact has been profound and sweeping," said Dickinson. "Teachers and students at schools located high in the Andes now have a world of educational material at their fingertips. Families once cut off from loved ones living far away now have the ability to instantly communicate with them. Farmers can now connect online to learn more about their trade and earn more by producing new crops in the fields. And doctors at remote medical facilities now have access to telemedicine consultation with medical experts from top hospitals throughout the United States."

Along with providing internet connectivity, NewCom has partnered with top education content providers to bundle world-class educational content that supports government curriculums throughout Latin America and Africa – providing a complete turnkey solution for countries looking to improve education in rural regions.

Maria Zaghi, project manager for Guateconnects who is working to build an alliance of private and public support to fund the ongoing communications initiative, said the summit was an important step in making the connectivity project a reality.

"The connectivity issue is key for developing the country and Mr. Dickinson’s visit was very important for us because his company has the expertise," explained Zaghi. "By sharing the case study of the Colombia project and discussing his experiences with other projects, it helped the business and government leaders in attendance to understand and visualize the enormous possibilities for Guatemala."

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