Distance Learning Centres Project
Education Sector Investment and Reform Programme
Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development

Solomon Islands

The Distance Learning Centres Project (DLCP) was an EU-funded component of the Education Sector Investment and Reform Programme (ESIRP) running 2004-8. It is now maintained by the the Ministry of Education TVET Division. DLCP was implemented by the People First Network (PFnet) of the Rural Development Volunteers Association (RDVA). It is now extended until the end of 2008.

The project established a Solomon Islands SchoolNet, with nine distance learning centres located in rural community high schools in each province, equipped with broadband Internet through a newly established VSAT network. The project is working with education providers building capacity to deliver distance education in support of the curriculum, for in-school teacher training, technical and vocational training (TVET), open and flexible learning.

The centres are run as multipurpose community telecentres, building on PFnet's sustainable rural networking experience, and are expected to have wide impacts in rural development.

The project is also collaborating with regional organisations on the
One Laptop Per Child programme in Oceania (click for latest news)..


This website is hosted by Solomon Islands Rural Link

DLCP News and Announcements:
These links may be broken as the PFnet website is offline

DLC Supervisors trained in WikiEducator at Learning4Content workshop (Feb08)
Latest centre opens at Kati, Temotu (March 08)
OLPC Professor visits Bekabeka, explains why technology education is needed
DLCP and OLPC featured at regional Forum Education Ministers Meeting
First month's report from Avuavu DLC reveals strong community and school uptake
DLCP participated in the annual PacINET conference, August 2007
Avuavu DLC online - the seventh DLC to be operational (Sept 2007)
ANZ Bank teams up with DLCP to offer rural banking at Arnon Atomea

OLPC donates an extra four "B4" laptops for regional trials at Batuna
OLPC Oceania on OLPCNews, Aug 2007
Islands Business magazine June 2007 "Revolutionising Education" (Reporting from March 07)
USD$100 "OLPC" Laptop tested at Henua and Vurnimala
Official hand-over of Vuranimala DLC (June 8th 2007)
Henua DLC opens (June07)
Arnon Atomea DLC opens (June 07)

High Demand for training at Bekabeka

Bekabeka operational (May07)
Guguha DLC operational (Apr07)
Strong uptake of USP courses at Pamua (Apr07)
Second DLC at Vuranimala is operational (Apr07)
Minister's speech at the hand-over (Mar 07)
Main solar power and IT equipment handed over by EU to Ministry of Education for the DLCs (Mar 07)
VSAT installed at Bekabeka (Feb 07)
VSAT installed at Arnon Atomea (Feb 07)

VSAT installed at Guguha (Jan 07)

VSAT installed at Vuranimala (Jan 07)
Workshop held on eLearning strategy for TVET (Oct 2006)
First Centre online at St. Stephen's College, Pamua (Sept 2006)
VSAT installation training completed (July 2006)
Solomon Islands SchoolNet featured in eLearning Africa conference (May 2006)
Workshop held for Distance Learning Centre Supervisors and Champion Teachers (May 2006)
Learning centres springing up in all provinces (March 2006 - see photos)

VSAT supply contracts signed with Solomon Telekom (March 3rd 2006)
Building work is well underway at Bekabeka(March 2006).

Our SchoolNet Course Server (ATutor) is now online

Paper on DLCP presented to Pacific Internet Society 2005

Official opening of the Distance Learning Centres Project (17 July 2005)
Introduction to Learning Management Systems Workshop held (June 15th 2005)

Distance Learning Centres Project
Education Sector Investment and Reform Programme
P.O. Box 919, Honiara, Solomon Islands. Tel: +677 7476396. Email: david@leeming-consulting.com