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IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $60 million and a staff of 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 100 countries.
Summary of the Novateca Program
The Novateca program is a two-year learning grant designed to gain an in-depth understanding of the strengths and opportunities for providing wide scale public access to the internet through the existing public library network. This will occur through networking with a wide range of stakeholders, providing training to librarians, and piloting public access to the internet in a number of libraries.
Novateca is selecting 65 libraries to take part in the pilot network, engaging more over 100 librarians in trainings over the course of the year. The proposed workshops will support program staff to more efficiently and effectively lead Novateca pilot program activities for librarians. A trainer or training company is charged with further developing the managerial, training and communication skills of staff to enable staff to take on increasingly challenging projects, as well as new projects, and to encourage creativity and confidence in program management.