Public access to information is a public good. But today, four billion people remain unconnected to the internet. That means half the people in the world are still losing out on the economic, social, and educational opportunities that access can provide. In some places, access through mobiles and other technology has grown so quickly and unevenly that the divide has only deepened between those with access and those without. Through Beyond Access, IREX works with local partners to promote sustainable, inclusive access to information and technology for those who need it most. That access is delivered through trusted community institutions that already have funding and trained staff in place: public libraries.
The Beyond Access Nigeria project is expending and creating a network of 70 libraries throughout Nigeria. And with this project, IREX’s Beyond Access Initiative is making information work for more people in partnership with governments, NGOs, local organizations, and donors to help communities create their own sustainable information hubs through libraries. Beyond Access Nigeria Project is in partnership with Libraries Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) all with an aim to ensure that public libraries in Nigeria serve as a training location for young Nigeria looking for opportunities to strengthen the skills they need to enhance their economic opportunities.
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