Cyber Community Centres (CCCs)
SDNP has been working towards innovative and meaningful use
of ICTs for development. Towards that end, it has come up with
a model for using ICTs in Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) in
Pakistan which has been presented to the various RSPs working
in the country. As a working model, it has helped selected grass-root
organizations to set up pilot Cyber Community Centres (CCCs)
in Gwadar (Balochistan), Mithi (Tharparkar, Sindh) and Usterzai
Payan (Kohat, NWFP). SDNP is planning to expand the sphere of
this activity by initiating a full fledged project on Cyber
Community Centres in Pakistan.
Researching effects of ICTs on learning of the deaf
SDNP is presently working in collaboration with Pakistan Association
of the Deaf (PAD - a leading deaf association in Pakistan),
under the Asia Pacific Development Information Programme's (APDIP)
ICTs R&D grant to research the effectiveness of ICTs on
learning of the deaf.
This challenging theoretical and practical study focuses on
devising workable and replicable learning solutions for the
deaf of Pakistan. SDNP-IUCN will publish the standardized environmental
and other sign language symbols (alphabets, grammar, traffic,
general dictionary words) developed by PAD, using online (web)
and offline (CD-ROM) technologies. The CD-ROM product will comprise
lesson plans/assessment tests graphically illustrated through
Pakistani Sign Language. Selected data sets from the exercises
will be made available online on Internet as
freeware for easy downloads by the deaf community.
If successful in its objectives and impact, the product can
be widely adapted across the country with the aim of greater
development and integration of the deaf of Pakistan into the
society as contributing members of the community. As a whole,
promoting Pakistani Sign Language aims to bridge the gap between
the deaf and hearing worlds and more broadly intends to bring
closer the users of Urdu language in more than 20 countries.
Education for Environment and Biodiversity of Pakistan
As a part of IUCN Pakistan Programme's Education, Communication
and Knowledge Management Group, SDNP has set up and is maintaining
a comprehensive website on issues related to biodiversity, conservation
and sustainable development, with a focus on information management.
IUCN Pakistan's education unit is committed to raising the
awareness of the broader community about environmental issues
and motivating all sectors of society to make commitments to
sustainable practices. The site has rich and in-depth content
pertaining to different environmental
issues like biodiversity, conservation efforts and various technical
research papers. It has two separate sections. One is for teachers,
so that they can raise environmental awareness among the students.
The other one is meant for kids, the content of which is very
simple and easy to understand. A unique feature of this website
is an Urdu section on environmental issues for children.