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The Hafkin Prize 2002

The 2002 Hafkin Prize was awarded to Schoolnet Namibia with Bridges.org as runner-up on 7 November 2002 in Addis Ababa.

Note from the winner:

'We are very excited and honoured by the award - APC Hafkin Prize 2002 - and the impact we trust this significant award will have on our further work in Namibia and further afield; importantly it comes at a time when a lot of attention has been given to Open Source solutions in education and other CSO development areas, and I can only hope that our government (and those of other African countries) will appreciate the great value of such Open Source solutions! We intend to use the prize to seed a start-up Open Source R&D team comprising young African "geek", empowering them and subsequent youthful local expertise to develope open source applications in education - curricular content, life-long learning skills, distance learning and special education needs of persons with disabilities.

On behalf of the Board of Governors of SchoolNet Namibia, I would would also like to express SchoolNet Namibia's deep appreciation of APC and its alliance of partners in recognising our efforts here in Namibia! Viva APC and all the many wonderful CSOs pushing back ICT frontiers in Africa!'

Joris Komen, Director SchoolNet Namibia, http://www.schoolnet.na

To find out more about the prize winner, click here >>

The finalists:

The bridges.org ICT policy programme, South Africa
Hazviperi Betty Makoni/Rusape Girls Empowerment Village, Zimbabwe
SchoolNet Namibia, Namibia
The Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
DigIT Africa (Digital Information Technologies in Africa), Tanzania
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, Nigeria