Who we are

ICTBOP bloggers in action

Naoko Asano-Enomoto  General Manager

I have M.A. in International Relations at Waseda Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies. After that, I worked for Japanese company for five years. During that period, I experienced several different projects such as setting up call center for off-shoring, suggesting e-learning system for employee training etc. Most of my projects were deeply related with ICT solution. These experiences formed my understanding that today’s business cannot ignored the effect of ICT by any means. Currently, I am a graduate student in International Education Development Program (IEDP) of University of Pennsylvania. Also, I am a very nice (hopefully) wife, even though I live separately from my partner!

My personal interest in ICT relies on the fact that I came from Tokyo, Japan, where ICT is one of the strongest industries. Therefore, it is very natural for me to connect my original interest in international cooperation in education with ICT. Japan has a strong presence in ICT business field, and it has also been one of the major donor countries. However, the presence of Japan in international community does not reflect these facts. I hope that Japan can find the new way to contribute to international community more effectively and efficiently in ICT field.

Besides my interest in Japanese aid on ICT field, I am also interested in the application of ICT in education for youth and adult, those who do not have enough opportunity to receive education. Unlike children, youth and adult need strong motivation and flexibility for learning. I feel ICT has strong potential to respond their requirements. Through this blog, I would like to explore latest ICT efforts around the globe and learn from them.

Hobbies: Nordic Walking, Piano, Aikido [black belt (2nd level)], making dresses, and photography.

Favorite words: The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give as a chance to show how badly we want something (Randy Pausch).

Anna Greenstone  Executive Editor

I am an M.S.E.d student in IEDP @ GSE. I’m also the Chief Content Editor for ICT4BOP.  You readers keeping the acronyms straight so far?? I have spent 2.5 years living in Kenya and Tanzania and consider Arusha, TZ my second home.   After my time abroad, I spent two years as a Family Development Specialist at AJAPO, serving African refugees recently resettled in the US.

As a student, I hope to challenge my own assumptions through critical inquiry. As a blogger, I hope to bring you thoughtful commentary on important news and developments related to ICT globally.  ICT4 development is not something that I have studied much about– but I see it as important because in some ways it redefines the challenges of ‘access’ for marginalized groups.  I’m interested in thinking about how ICT fits into the broader picture of new literacies.

Outside of school some of my interests include swimming, hiking, and dancing.  Like Naoko, I am also a wife (usually a nice one) but my hubby also does not live in Philly 😦  So when we aren’t writing the blog, Naoko and I might be having pity parties… jk.

I’ve also started writing again just for myself which I really enjoy.   I’m hoping to write a screenplay one day about my family.

Some of my favorite words:

When God had made The Man, he made him out of stuff that sung all the time and glittered all over. Some angels got jealous and chopped him into millions of pieces, but still he glittered and hummed. So they beat him down to nothing but sparks but each little spark had a shine and a song. So they covered each one over with mud. And the lonesomeness in the sparks make them hunt for one another. — Zora Neale Hurston

Dunia ni maarifa  — Swahili proverb: The world is knowledge/widsom

Fatima Tuz Zahra  Chief Information Officer

I am Fatima Tuz Zahra, an international student from Bangladesh at the M.S.Ed program in International Educational Development in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. I was born in Chittagong, the port city of Bangladesh, and moved to the capital, Dhaka, when I was eight. My life and experiences as student and teacher in four schools and three universities in Bangladesh have taught me the fundamental importance and power of education and how it comes in many variations. My interest lies in planning and proposing a policy for Bangladesh that will be implementable in solving the problem of access to quality education that have thus far inhibited us from educating our people to a desirable standard, promoting equity and ensuring opportunity irrespective of gender, ethnicity, race or religion.

I believe Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can provide a platform for accessing information, knowledge and instructional tools and create ways for imparting quality instruction in the classrooms in developing countries. I aim to look at ways ICT in classrooms can sidestep resource constraints e.g. lack of textbooks or instructional materials in poor countries. I also believe access to information should be a basic human right as today’s world is built upon sharing information using communication technologies. Right now denying access to information and communication technology to a particular group means denying their opportunities for educational, social and economic advancement. My interest in ICT is therefore informed by my desire for advocating diversified usage of ICT in classrooms and for socio-cultural, political and economic development in the Global South.

Apart from blogging on ICT my interests include trekking, karate, cricket, creative writing, picking on dear ones, reading, meeting new people, organizing social and cultural events and speaking (don’t ask on what or for what?).

Words of wisdom: “From each according to his/her ability; to each, according to his/her need”- Karl Marx

Maria Aguirre  Creative Director

As a graduate student coming from a developing world, I became really interested in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development for its wide capacity to affect processes and more importantly, people’s life. If there is a fact in the present time, is that technology is constantly and increasingly moving forward, without room for stepping back. In this sense, is of my concern try to evaluate and inform the most appropriate and successful ways to apply technologies in education.

I have a bachelor in Economics from the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar; this is a university located in Cartagena, Colombia. After a couple of years working with development-related areas, as poverty and education, I started the International Educational Development Program, M.S.Ed. at the University of Pennsylvania which I am currently working on. My interests in the field are concentrated in reducing inequalities of education from distinct developmental perspectives as race, gender, and socioeconomic status. In order to do so, and to get to those at the bottom of the pyramid in the Latin American countries, I intend to intensify the use of ICTs using as example successful cases around the world. In this blog, I will try to portrait appropriate and distinctive news about the ICT field with a focus on bottom of the pyramid countries.

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, listening to classical music, reggae, salsa, and electronic. What I most enjoy in life is spending time with my loved ones.

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