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.
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.
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.