Testimonies from graduates show that e-Citizen Program is making a difference in the lives of several Abu Dhabi residents
During a media roundtable at GITEX 2014, Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) welcomed strategic partners and selected graduates from the e-Citizen Program to discuss the impact of the initiative on the lives of Abu Dhabi residents.
Launched by ADSIC in 2012, in partnership with the Family Development Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs,the e-Citizen Program was designed to raise technology awareness and competency, foster digital culture and promote e-participation among various segments of society.
“Our main goal with the e-Citizen Program is to ensure the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has a well-informed population, with enough IT tools and solutions to function properly and, ultimately, decrease the digital divide in society,” said Amal Al Tamimi, e-Citizen Program Manager.
Since implemented, the free training has enabled people with limited knowledge of technology to learn how to use computers and the internet. So far, it has trained 2592 people, including 1432 females and 1160 males, in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region
“The e-Citizen Program is really suitable for people with little or no knowledge on IT. It was extremely useful to me and definitely made my life easier and more convenient,” said Mohammed Al Loqa, one of the students.
For Saleh Al Yamahi, e-Citizen Program was also beneficial – both for his personal and professional life.
“I learned not only how to use social media properly, but also how to protect myself while online. I now have Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. In addition, the knowledge gained will help me as I transition from the academic into the working environment.”
The e-Citizen Program won a first place prize in the category of ‘Information Technology Applications and e-Learning’ during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) conference in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this year.