The Case of SchoolNet Namibia/Acknowledgements

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The Case of SchoolNet Namibia

Kim Tucker and Joris Komen[1]
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Primary Contributors/Contacts

David Jacovkis[3]

David has ten years experience in systems engineering using Free Software, working as an IT manager (Institut Internacional de Governabilitat de Catalunya) and a freelance consultant for several organisations. He also has lecturing experience at university level and has worked as an editor of educational materials. Since August 2006 he has been working with the UOC and in the SELF Project as a learning materials facilitator and technology advisor. In 2007 he co-founded the Free Knowledge Institute.

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Joris Komen

Joris is currently an ICT Development Consultant after a varied career including curator of birds at the National Museum of Namibia (1983-2000) and promoting ICT for museum collections and education in Africa and elsewhere. Joris played a critical role in launching and driving SchoolNet Namibia, a civil society organisation which is committed to providing sustainable internet access, free/libre and open source software, and Creative Commons educational content to all schools in Namibia. He continues to explore innovations in education and sustainable lifestyles with renewable energy

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Kim Tucker

Kim is a researcher, writer, facilitator and catalyst. His interests include the global impact of technology and connected collaborative learning, and knowledge transfer across disciplines and divides. He promotes free software and "libre knowledge" emphasising collective wisdom for a sustainable planet that may emerge on account of the freedoms associated with libre resources: freedom to participate in the global knowledge society.


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Special Thanks

Special thanks are due to Joris Komen who has shared insights freely over the years and contributed substantially to this case study in terms of comments, content, and granting permission to use material on the SchoolNet Namibia web site which will be closed in due course.

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  3. Contact for Free Technology Academy/ Free Knowledge Institute.