Intel is supporting the “Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign”. A collaboration agreement between Intel and Telecentre.org Foundation has been signed at the 3rd Global Forum on Telecentres in Santiago, Chile during the global launch of the campaign on April 7.
The initiative aims to provide digital literacy and skills to underserved and underprivileged women worldwide.
“Offering digital skills to over 1 million women at the grassroots is an attempt to reverse the paradigm that, in many countries, technologies most often benefit men more than women” says Basheerhamad Shadrach, Executive Director of Telecentre.org Foundation. “These telecentre women, once trained to take advantage of the power of technology, will help their communities to access locale-specific information, time tested knowledge, market opportunities, enhanced skills for employment and productivity, and more importantly, participate in the modern knowledge era, not only as mere consumers, but also as providers and producers of knowledge assets.”
Intel has pledged the provision of the Intel® Easy Steps program to Telecentre.org Foundation’s global network of telecentres, to be used as a main component of the women’s digital literacy training.
“Intel® Easy Steps training is practical and relevant for adults with no prior computer experience”, says Peter Broffman, Intel’s manager of Informal Education. “Intel® Easy Steps will provide the participants in the women’s digital literacy program the opportunity for enhanced social and economic self-sufficiency”.
Intel® Easy Steps is scheduled for piloting in the Philippines, Brazil, and Kenya within the next few months, with more countries expected to soon follow.
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