COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTIMEDIA RESOURCE NETWORK IN SOUTHERN PATAGONIA FOR THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

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Salinas, J. de Benito, B. Pérez,A. Márquez, E. Bain, M. Ramos,S.
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This paper describes the progress made by an international cooperation project for designing, organizing and launching education services. It also describes the development and inclusion of a group of communities in Southern Patagonia - characterized among other traits, by their high degree of isolation - into the Information and Knowledge Society.
Significant progress has been made in the use of technologies to access information and communication networks in Patagonia, where lack of access in each town makes it unprofitable for telecommunication firms to operate (low population, limited purchasing power and so on). ICTs have become a strategic resource for social and educational development and public policies are responsible for ensuring an adequate technological infrastructure and generating strategies that allow residents to acquire skills, thus promoting the development of a culture that make citizens true stakeholders in and beneficiaries of the construction of social knowledge.
The different institutions taking part in this project (the National University of Southern Patagonia (UNPA), the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the Office of Science and Technology, the Santa Cruz Regional Government, Patagonian municipalities, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID) and the Balearic Government, among others) are aware of the importance of access to a quality education as one way of developing contemporary society.
Thus, the project aims to use an ICT-based learning system to offer education services in a virtual environment and includes: fitting out premises for higher education, counseling and training to reform educational spaces, education, health, ICT and distance learning programs, etc., for local communities.
This initiative helps strengthen the university’s social function, which is set out in the National University of Southern Patagonia’s 2005-2009 Institutional Development Program.
 
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