Young trainers came together to teach their peers how to use computer

15 Dec 2005

Microsoft Turkey, in association with UNDP Turkey, Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21 have developed a project in which youngsters who are knowledgeable about computers will train their peers.

Microsoft Turkey, in association with UNDP Turkey, and Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21 have developed a training program to increase computer literacy. Young trainers, which will be given advanced courses during the "Empowerment of Youth for Improved e-Governance in Turkey" project, will provide training for young people who are computer illerate. The General Manager of Microsoft Turkey, Çağlayan Arkan said that they give great importance to the projects, which aim to increase computer skills of the youth.

Çağlayan Arkan stated, at the conference, which was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey, Jakob Simonsen and the President of Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, Sezai Hazır as well, "Young population of Turkey has a great potential for future. However the potentials are meaningful only if they are used properly. As Microsoft, we develop projects like "Cooperation in Education" to increase computer skills of students and teachers. Now, in cooperation with UNDP Turkey and Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, we give a new impetus to our efforts in order to increase computer skills.

The project, supported by Microsoft Turkey and UNDP Turkey, and implemented by Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21, has started in March 2005. It is based on a peer education model where 40 voluntary trainers from different cities are educated to provide training for young people.

The young trainers, understanding that urgent and important steps need to be taken for the e-transformation of Turkey, are trying to reach other youngsters, in order to enhance and build their IT skills in the cities of İstanbul, Çanakkale, Yalova, Çankırı, Tokat, Antakya, Adana, Isparta, Elazığ, Muş, Adıyaman, Batman, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Siirt and Şırnak.

The young trainers will continue to train their peers in their hometowns until January 2006 and by that time 2000 youngsters in total will have been educated. The project is aiming to become a national project that would reach 100,000 young people in three years time.

The young people who would like to be "voluntary trainer" and give the basic computer training in their own cities are encouraged to contact The Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21.