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Third Global Forum on Telecentres - Chile 2011

"Employability, Productivity, and Empowerment at the Grassroots Level"

The Third Universal conference was held  and organized by Chile 2011 under the theme of "Employability, Productivity, and Empowerment at the Grassroots Level" from the 5th till the 7th of this month where people from 50 networks in more than 100 countries around the world came to participate in such a grand event. The global campaign aims to help empower a big mass of disadvantaged and underserved community women with knowledge and skills on information and communications technology for personal growth and expanded opportunities for better lives.

During this conference, several debates , discussions and sessions were given on demonstrating the achievements and the current role of the telecentre networks, how to achieve social development especially in developing and underdeveloped countries, and how to utilize ICTs in increasing employment, attaining economic progress and local development, overcoming upcoming challenges,  and enhancing SMEs and telecentres around the globe. Also, special attention was given to the vital role of Telecentres in crisis management which is manifested in the late model of Chile Earthquake.

Attended the conference from the MENA region and North Africa were  Mr. El Tokelli from the UNDP Egyptian regional office who illustrated the importance of Telecentre Academy in Egypt as it provides capacity building & managerial training, and distance learning  to all Telecentres’ facilitators and staff. 

Also, Mr. Kasim from Egypt ICT Trust Fun, on behalf of in the MENA region, Mr A’ayssa representing  El Kadaref Al Raqamia in Sudan, and Mr. A’aid  from the Force Centers Project in Syria joined the conference. They summarized to the participants the verge of in the MENA region and its success, challenges and the next steps that are being taken towards a better future for all Telecentres.

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