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    ‘Telecenters in Community Development’ Project Activated

    Cairo, 7 September 2014

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy witnessed today  the events of activating “Telecenters in Community Development” project, in the presence of Egypt ICT Trust Fund Regional Manager Hoda Dahroug, departments managers at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and affiliate organizations, telecenters sectors managers and work groups in governorates.

    The new vision of the telecenters activities has been highlighted throughout the day, following their administration being transferred to Egypt ICT Trust Fund.

    During the meeting, Helmy has urged for constant work to develop people’s skills and capabilities to serve their community. “Our social responsibility remains in using ICT as an enabling tool to sustainably serve the society”, he has said. Moreover, he has added that qualifications and potentials can lead to this important work.

    At the same time, Helmy has pointed out to the importance of cooperation with the Ministry of State for Youth, civil society organizations and Egypt Post to achieve such goal.

    Helmy visited some models of mobile telecenters after renovation where 10 to 20 computers and related equipment, internet connection and electricity generators were introduced.

    Dahroug and the accompanying team of telecenters management have showcased the future vision of the work methodology and the basic criteria to select a telecenter for community development. This is to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the community’s output.

    The new vision entailed particular programs to improve the institutional capabilities of the organizations embracing telecenters, provide training packages for youth -in order to qualify them for the job market and comprehend their innovative capacities. This is in addition to studying the needs of the surrounding communities to provide suitable services.

    Dahroug has also referred to partnerships which have been activated to provide training content, various services and implement a number of workshops for targeted groups from civil associations, youth centers, localities, culture centers and public libraries.

    Helmy has called on civil society organizations embracing telecenters and prospect establishments to join the new work system.

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