Young trainers teach their peers basic computer skills

01 Jan 2006

Issue 1

Microsoft Turkey, in association with UNDP Turkey and Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, has developed a training programme in the context of the "Empowerment of Youth for Improved e-Governance in Turkey" project to increase computer literacy. Young trainers, who will be given advanced courses prior to the project, will provide training for young people who are computer illiterate.

Microsoft Turkey, in association with UNDP Turkey and Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, has developed a training programme in the context of the "Empowerment of Youth for Improved e-Governance in Turkey" project to increase computer literacy. Young trainers, who will be given advanced courses prior to the project, will provide training for young people who are computer illiterate.

At a press conference regarding the project, held on 15 December 2005, the General Manager of Microsoft Turkey, Caglayan Arkan said that they place great importance on projects that target increasing computer skills of the youth. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey Jakob Simonsen and the President of Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21 Sezai Hazir attended the conference as well.

In his address Arkan stated that, "Young population of Turkey has a great potential for future. However potentials are meaningful only if they are used properly. As Microsoft, we develop projects like "Cooperation in Education", which initiates computer training involving students and teachers. Now, in cooperation with the UNDP Turkey and Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, we give a new impetus to our efforts in the field of computer skills training."

The project, supported by Microsoft Turkey and UNDP Turkey and implemented by Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, started in March 2005. It is based on a peer education model where 40 computer-literate young people from different provinces of Turkey were selected to be initially trained to later provide training for their peers.

Young trainers, being aware of urgent and important steps needed to be taken for the e-transformation of Turkey, are aiming to reach other youngsters in order to enhance and build their IT skills. They have already succeeded in connecting with disadvantaged young people from Istanbul, Canakkale, Yalova, Cankiri, Tokat, Antakya, Adana, Isparta, Elazig, Mus, Adiyaman, Batman, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Siirt and Sirnak.

Trainers will train their peers in their hometowns during the first phase of the project and by January 2006, 2000 youngsters in total will have been trained. The project will last 3 years and aims to become a national project that would enable 100,000 young people to receive basic computer skills training.

Young people who would like to be a "voluntary trainer" or those who want to receive computer training in their own hometowns are encouraged to contact The Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21.

For further information:

Habitat and Gündem 21 Genclik Dernegi
Fulya Mahallesi, Mevlut Pehlivan Sokak, Ali Sami Yen Apt. 8A/2
Mecidiyekoy, Istanbul
Phone/Fax: (0212) 275 7498 - (0212) 275 7436
E-mail: youthforhab@turk.net