The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) of Thailand together with the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM), and Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) working for Thaitelecentre.org, recently announced its intention to train 100,000 Thai women as part of its contribution to the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign. The commitment is, thus far, the highest training pledge received under the campaign.
According to CCDKM Director Kamolrat Intaratat, a consultant of Thaitelecentre.org, “Under the umbrella of Thaitelecentre.org, we have been training our underserved women (both rural and urban) since 2007. The starting point is how to use ICT to make them earn more and attain a better quality of life for themselves and their family. We have therefore established initiatives such as The E-shop (Easy Shop) and ThaiTelecentreMall.com, which is the current E-shop provided by MICT, Thailand. Our goal is for each province to set-up and manage their own E-shop. Through the E-shops that have already been established, we have seen a lot of value-added local products emerge, and many previously invisible women have started to become more visible in their own family, community, and the country. Aside from “E-earning,” many of the women we’ve trained have also become telecentre operators themselves, or telecentre committee members, ICT community trainers, volunteers, and active participants in the telecentre community. Many of these women have increased access to education, with many of them becoming e-Learning developers/e-courseware developer, etc. Already in its 5th year, Thaitelecentre.org led by MICT Thailand is proud to have made a lot of changes and have seen a lot of growth, confidence, and commitment among these previously underserved women. Currently, the number of women among ICT leaders keeps increasing at all levels, and along with this, we hope, comes an improved quality of life for themselves and for their families as well.”
MICT Thailand and CCDKM have also pledged to nominate at least 4 women to the Global Search for 100 Outstanding Telecentre Women Managers taking place this year.