I became aware of The Digital Doorway project a few years back. Run through the Meraka Institute, the project is being rolled out in the rural areas of Durban through the eThekwini Municipal Libraries.
Based on the highly successful Hole In The Wall project in India, The Digital Doorway’s aim is to provide people in rural and disadvantaged areas with freely accessible computer equipment and open source software, enabling them to experiment and learn without formal training and with minimal external input. The computers offer text editors (with a USB point so you can save your documents), games, audio books, video clips from the Learning Channel, a fully functioning ‘dump’ of Wikipedia and a whole lot more.
I was at the Umbumbulu library for most of the morning yesterday and The Digital Doorway computers were being used constantly. Cool project with a load of potential.
More on the project at www.digitaldoorway.org.za.