The National Computer Board has been organising activities to mark the World Telecommunication & Information Society Day (WTISD) for the last few years.
The theme for WTISD 2011 is: "Better life in rural communities with ICTs". The objective of this theme is to ensure that ICTs will contribute to a better future for our rural populations as they are the least connected to the benefits of ICTs.
The NCB is organising the following activities to mark the event from 17th May 2011:
- A 'Get Online Week' in collaboration with MPL . from 17th to 21st May 2011, together with a special assistance to guide senior citizens how to use ICTs.
- IT Awareness Sessions in Computer Clubs in Women Centres, Social Welfare Centres, Community Centres, and Cyber Caravans targeting the rural communities.
- Open Days in 4 Post Offices namely at Goodlands, Poste de Flacq, Rivière des Anguilles and Petite Rivière from 0900h to 1500h on 17th May 2011.
- Distribution of 10,000 leaflets to give some information how the Internet can be useful.
17 May marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. In 1973, this occasion was recognized as World Telecommunication Day. Following the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 and the 2006 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, 17 May was designated as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
As the leading specialized agency of the United Nations for ICT, ITU looks towards its Members to raise awareness of the role of information and communication technologies in creating the opportunities for a better life through long-term, sustainable development, not least among the most vulnerable sections of our society. In the urban context, ICTs have increasingly dictated lifestyles and behaviour patterns and contributed to the growth of trade and commerce, improved governance and municipal services, and revolutionized entertainment through the development of rapid communications, both mobile and fixed.