oneVillage Foundation-Ghana (OVF-Ghana) was selected as one of the winners of the Commonwealth of Learning request for proposal under the Poverty Reduction through Education, Innovation and Networks (COL PROTEIN) 2006/2007 scheme in the second quarter of 2007. By June 2007, modalities were completed and OVF-Ghana started the implementation of the project. This report summarises activities undertaken in the within the 1-year project lifespan from June 2007.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Poverty Reduction Outcomes Through Education Innovations and Networks (PROTEIN) programme aims to support innovative uses of open and dis-tance learning (ODL) to address poverty alleviation in rural and peri-urban areas. In particular, COL-PROTEIN is seeking to support initiatives that will adopt open and distance learning and information and communication technologies (ICT) to help build capacity under the following areas:
- Food and Nutritional Security
- Environmental Protection
- Rural and Peri-Urban Development
- Functional Literacy for Livelihoods
COL PROTEIN is committed to support innovative initiatives that use ODL/ICT- mediated learning to reduce poverty. The primary intention of COL-PROTEIN is to encourage applicants to seek COL expertise and support. OVF has successfully developed the first Open Digital Village in Africa and the world; the Winneba Open Digital Village (WODiV). This is the flagship and proof of concept for a more ambitious franchising effort called the Open Digital Village Network.