Jordan's ICT effort on track

Jordan is on track with its initiative to provide access to information and communications technology for all its citizens, government ministers said today.

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By  Peter Branton Published  July 23, 2003

Jordan is on track with its initiative to provide access to information and communications technology for all its citizens, government ministers said today.

Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Abdullah attended a ceremony at the Princess Iman Bint Abdullah Knowledge Station in Amman, one of 75 such stations that have been established across the country. Each station acts both as a training centre for IT skills and as a public service access point for a range of IT services, including internet access and multimedia services.

“So far, the Knowledge Stations located throughout the Kingdom have enabled over 250,000 people to build new technology skills with a number of training courses ranging from basic computer literacy through to advanced technology skills,’ said Dr Fawaz Zu’bi, Minister of ICT, who also attended the event.

The stations are staffed by official trainers, who are supported by interns recruited and trained through the NetCorps Jordan programme. This scheme is a pioneering programme designed to encourage young people in Jordan to get more involved in the country’s socio-economic development. Currently there are 70 interns working at the stations, with plans for another 550 over the next three years.

“What makes the Knowledge Station project unique is that the stations are managed and operated local communities and are hosted by youth groups and other voluntary and charity organisations,” said Dr Bassem Awadallah, Minister of Planning. “We believe that NetCorps helps people to help themselves: it contributes toward the creating of a culture based on self-sufficiency which will in turn lead into economic and social advancement.”

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