Intel opens Computer Clubhouse for young people of Ramallah

Intel, in association with the International Youth Foundation and the Welfare Association have opened a Computer Clubhouse in Ramallah to give young Palestinians the opportunity to gain computer skills

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 13, 2003

Intel has opened its first Computer Clubhouse in the Middle East, in Ramallah in Palestine. The Clubhouse, which provides young people with a centre to get hands-on experience with IT, has been launched in association with the International Youth Foundation and the Welfare Association, a Palestinian foundation to train young people to be ready for the workplace.

Intel has established Computer Clubhouses around the world, as part of a network run with Boston Museum of Science and the MIT Media Laboratory. The Clubhouses provide a programme of practical development courses for children aged ten to eighteen, to give them skills and experience with PCs.

Rafiq Husseini, deputy director general of the Welfare Association commented: "The Intel Computer Clubhouse is an extraordinary opportunity for the young people of Ramallah. Not only will Palestinian youth learn critical technology skills, they will have a safe place to interact with one another, have an outlet for their creativity and gain valuable insight as to their own worth and future prospects."

The clubhouse will cater to up to sixty young people per day, where they will have access to the tools to learn such things as digital artwork, video editing, website design and digital music creation. Adult mentors from local universities will help the children develop their skills, and one day per week will be reserved for girls only.

"The Intel Computer Clubhouses are 'invention workshops' where young people can express themselves through their own interests to become designers, not just consumers, of computer-based creations," said Gilbert Lacroix, Intel President for the Middle East and North Africa.

"Clubhouse youth love using professional software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It allows them to be creative, explore their world, and gain valuable skills for tomorrow's workplace," he added.

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