IT Academy opens in İzmir

01 Feb 2009

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In the context of "Empowerment of Youth for E-Governance in Turkey" project, information and communication technologies academy was established in İzmir

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In the context of "Empowerment of Youth for E-Governance in Turkey" project, information and communication technologies (ICTs) academy was established in İzmir in January 2009. The project, which is implemented in partnership with Youth Association for Habitat, Microsoft Turkey and United Nations Development Programme, aims to increase the number of ICT literates mainly among disadvantaged young people and to create employment opportunities for them to get actively involved in e-governance mechanisms in the country.

Over 100 eager volunteers and residents attended the opening ceremony of the academy in İzmir. Remarks were made by Mayor of the Municipality of Konak Muzaffer Tunçağ, Corporate Social Responsibilty Manager of Microsoft Şeniz Ciritçi, Head of Youth Association for Habitat Sezai Hazır, UNDP Project Assistant responsible for Private Sector Partnership Deniz Öztürk and Principal of the Vocational School of Dokuz Eylül University Dr. Şevkinaz Gümüşoğlu.

The ICT academies, which are established through partnerships with local governments, are present in İstanbul, Yalova, Rize, Ankara, Bitlis and İzmir.

The academies established with local governments provide trainers’ trainings. Besides, the center in İstanbul, acting as the Youth Leadership Academy, provides trainings on leadership skills, youth entrepreneurship, international relations and European affairs, local governance, ICTs and sustainable development for young people.

The implementation methodology of the project focuses on youth voluntarism; more than 520 young people from 61 cities covering every region in the country volunteered to provide basic computer and internet training for their peers. Therefore, the project has provided trainings to more than 40,000 young people as well as children, women, civil servants, local decision makers, community leaders, small enterprises, physically and mentally disabled persons, military servants and imprisoned persons.

Within the framework of this project, which is also known as “Those Who Know Should Teach Those Who Do not Know” project, there have been extensive refurbishments of personal computers. In partnership with Ayhan Şahenk Foundation, Microsoft Turkey, Youth Association for Habitat, Turkish State Railways and the Ministry of National Education, nearly 6,000 used computers have been refurbished and distributed as grants to institutions for the benefit of young people. Furthermore, about 1,125 local computer laboratories in 60 cities, that are established at elementary and secondary schools as well as at the local youth councils via this project, continue to serve as facilities for training young people on ICTs.

The project aims to increase the capacities of the local youth councils, local governments and non-governmental organizations so that their members and volunteers can multiply trainings as voluntary advocators of the project. Hence, the project partners with a number of local and regional institutions which contribute to the infrastructure and human capital of the project.

For more information about this project please visit: www.bilenlerbilmeyenlerebilgisayarogretiyor.net