WiderNet@UNC works to improve digital communication to all communities and individuals around the world in need of educational resources, knowledge and training. As a service learning project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, WiderNet@UNC is focused on research and development. The mission is, and will always be, improving digital communication and WiderNet@UNC is working to create new ways to do exactly that.
Ten years of experience has taught us that the best way to do this is to take a holistic approach. We not only provide computers, all needed appliances and educational material, we also offer resources, coaching and training. The latter is especially important because building human capacity enables people to be independent and self-sufficient using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We believe that ICT can empower people, giving them better access to information, knowledge and communication and in that way improve their overall quality of life.
Within their partnership with the University of North Carolina, WiderNet@UNC plans to develop more courses linking UNC undergraduate students with their peers in developing countries; provide UNC students with more travel abroad experiences for training and research in the field; and more systematically engage UNC students and faculty in research and service programs.