Bahrain launches summer training for orphans
Manama, July 20, 2010
The Royal Charity Organization (RCO), a philanthropic government entity, has launched a summer educational programme for orphans registered with RCO.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the RCO, the eGovernment Authority, Microsoft, Gulf Future Business, and Bahrain Internet Society, for the summer eCamp program for orphans which will take place from July 3 to August 5.
Microsoft shall offer the training and programmes required to convey the international experience in the ICT field. It will also provide programme content implement the training process.
The eGovernment Authority (eGA), the strategic partner in the programme, and the Bahrain Internet Society will be involved in the programme management, while Gulf Future Business will establish the training plan.
"This MoU has a significant strategic value, and this collaboration among public institutions and the private sector is an implementation to the directions of His Majesty the King to offer the utmost possible support to this category,” said Dr Mustafa Al Sayed, general secretary to RCO.
“We do not look at the orphans as a group in need, but as a category to be taken into consideration in various ways and education is one of them.”
Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, CEO of the eGovernment Authority, said: “Our support to this programme comes as part of the capacity building project which is a major part in the eGovernment program.”
“The project reflects our belief in the importance of training courses in spreading awareness and information culture among all segments of the society. This charity initiative is a positive step towards reducing the digital gap within the society.”
Badea Esbai, country manager Microsoft Bahrain, added: “Through the e-Camp, 200 orphans supported by the RCO will receive direct training through the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Community Skills Programme providing them with the needed technology skills all while ensuring they receive adequate awareness on online safety and security.”
“In RCO’s vision, those young minds are nurtured as independent skilled individuals who are able to contribute positively to Bahrain’s economy. We strive through the programme to empower this vision with what we believe are the main set of tools to further e-inclusion,” he added.
The programme for orphan students of the RCO, ranging in age groups between 10-16 years, will provide them with training programs in computer basics, Microsoft Office basics, multimedia, internet skills, protection when using the Internet, how to use and benefit from the eGovernment services, basics of web design, and innovation in technology, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service