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eGovernment Authority provides basic computer training for 15,000 citizens

Bahrain: Tuesday, September 06 - 2011 @ 09:29

The program plans to train 2,015 government employees and 13,000 Bahraini nationals, where each trainee attends 24 hours of accredited training by the eGovernment Authority (two hours a day for 12 days), in computer basics including Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet applications and internet surfing and how to use the eGovernment portal Bahrain.bh to encourage citizens to do their governmental services online.

This educates citizens how to benefit from services available through it effectively in order to save time and efforts. The course also aims at providing the citizens and employees of ministries and governmental entities with the ability to deal with the developments to create a sufficient base of trained personnel and build an integrated information society.

“The Capacity Building project (Qudrat) which is launched in cooperation with Microsoft, is a continuous human investment in line with the continuous education. The return on investment for us is improving quality of work to obtain the customers satisfaction on the government services,” Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, CEO of the eGovernment Authority.

He added, “The Capacity Building project for computer literacy aims to educate the citizens who had no opportunity due to their circumstances to study the basics of computer and internet, and train them on how to benefit from the eGovernment portal.”

He confirmed that the project is one of the major projects within the eGovernment strategy which is aimed to train and develop government staff performance as well as citizens’ capacities in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 to build an information society and prepare qualified individuals who can achieve this vision.

From his side, Microsoft regional country Manager for Bahrain and Oman Mr. Tareq Hijazi reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to the kingdom of Bahrain Capacity Building initiatives that put information technology at the heart of Economic reform agenda by saying, “We commend the eGovernment Authority for its leading role in expanding the reach of technology to a broader community. This commitment to digital literacy is fundamental to economic development and is in line with the visionary Bahrain 2030 strategy. At Microsoft we believe in the value that digital inclusion brings to individuals and societies at large.”

“The program falls under the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program, a Global Microsoft initiative that focuses on transforming education, fostering local innovation, and making technology more relevant, accessible and affordable,” he added.

The program is a (Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Initiative Course) though which trainees get a licensed certificate from Microsoft, including computer basics and a curriculum on scientific skills in different fields of basic computer skills, Windows programs, and Internet skills, as well as how to benefit from the services of eGovernment portal, noting that the sessions are delivered in Arabic with the use of some terms in English.

The eGovernment Authority has signed two Memorandums of Understanding with the Bahrain Institute for Entrepreneurship and Technology and with Ascentech Telecom Institute to contribute as partners in the project of e-learning capabilities for the years 2011-2012.

The eGovernment Authority is cooperating with the government sector for the Capacity Building project, and signed earlier an agreement with the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) to train 1,000 male and female youths. So far the eGovernment Authority trained 622 out of the above mentioned number and established labs in the sports clubs and youth centers (Muharraq Club lab, and Sanad Youth Center lab). Coordination is also going on with the Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development to train 5,000 beneficiaries of the Ministry’s services in their training centers of the Social Development centers located in various governorates of the Kingdom, in addition to training many government employees such as the Social Insurance Organization and Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

The Capacity Building project is launched by the eGovernment Authority in cooperation with the Bahrain Internet Society (BIS) as a pilot phase. Today, it is being implemented on a broader national level, especially after the success the project recently witnessed.

For registration or more information about Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Initiatives, please contact the eGovernment Authority through the National Contact Centre (8000 8001).

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