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Super. Many thanks, Ashley. Much appreciated!

I'll share this with the team, including our IT manager who will find this very interesting.

Best wishes,

Hi Ashley

Unfortunately the general Goodpush site won't go live until November. Apologies for sending a link which is still a work-in-progress, but this is where the online knowledge-sharing platform would be hosted from.

In the meantime if it would help, we could send you the latest version of the Goodpush Project Cycle which we've been working on in the last few weeks. I can send that to you by email as it is an image. I hope this helps, but of course do let me know if any further information would assist and we'll be very happy to send it on!
Best wishes,

Dear Nicole,

Many thanks for your comments. We are really excited about the potential to be able to add ICT and digital literacy training to our existing programs across our Skate Schools. One of the things which has been reinforced to us during the process of planning and improving this proposal has been the diverse needs of students across our various sites, both with regards to our existing programs which are of course tailored to meet local contexts, but also with regards to ICT. For example with regard to ICT (and based upon feedback we have received from potential beneficiaries as part of our application to this Challenge) the needs in Afghanistan include very fundamental issues like basic access to ICT infrastructure. Whereas in South Africa, making sure ICT training aligns with the digital aspects of the local economy is a bigger concern. At the same time, there are common issues and opportunities facing students across our sites. For example from our experience we know that all children enjoy the creative aspects of our existing education programs, which we hope to expand through using ICT. Currently there are and have been some opportunities for Skate Schools to interact and share best practice, local experiences, and common inspirations, including through in-person visits. Skateistan started organising inter-site exchanges last year across Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. The participant feedback of these exchanges was very positive and the programmes team is looking into methods to formalise the exchange and learning.

We very much hope by integrating ICT into our education programs, these opportunities will become much more widespread through remote interactions, which our feedback shows our students would be incredibly excited about. This remote element is especially important with the security issues prevalent working in places like Afghanistan, which is why it would be so exciting to be able to utilize ICT to build digital bridges between our students around the world.

I hope this sufficiently answers your questions but do not hesitate to get in touch if further explanation is required. Best wishes, Chris