July 19, 1999
Release No. 039-99

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Washington, D.C. -- In partnership with Microsoft Ltd. and rural education programs in southern Africa, Fulbright Senior Scholar and University of South Florida Professor John L. Daly is bringing computer technology to Swaziland, the land-locked kingdom of one million people located between Mozambique and South Africa.

Government officials and school teachers will benefit from the comprehensive information technology program initiated by Daly, who is on a 10-month Fulbright grant in Swaziland. Through Daly's efforts, Microsoft Ltd. of South Africa donated almost $30,000 in software and licenses to the Swaziland Institute on Management and Public Administration, SIMPA, which provides instruction for working professionals.

"The goal of this project is to improve the information infrastructure of the country and the expertise of Swaziland government officials and teachers," Daly said. "We want our participants to be able to instruct others in the kingdom in the use of computers."

In the past, information technology has been reserved primarily for Africa's elite, said Ntari Mosomane, managing director of Ulwazi Black Empowerment Training Institute, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through training, new technology can benefit all parts of a community. The training will enable people to use computers that have been donated to Swaziland schools and businesses but have been gathering dust.

"This is a wonderful example of how one Fulbright scholar can make a difference in a host country. John Daly's efforts will have an immediate and continuing effect in Swazi government and education, but also in the everyday lives of a great many people," said Keith Geiger, Director of the U.S. Information Agency's Office of Academic Programs, which administers the Fulbright Program. Daly has been an associate professor in the Public Administration Program at the University of South Florida since 1986. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

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