ADOC Newsletter June 26, 2012
ADOC Secretariat（APEC Digital Opportunity Center Secretariat) is proud to announce that we hold the “ADOC digital center opening and donating ceremony” in Quang Vinh Second Elementary school at Hue,Vietnam in June19th. ASUS Vietnam donated 20 ASUS personal computers to Zhi Shan Foundation, which makes the total number of ADOC digital centers 19 in Vietnam.
ADOC project first cooperated with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2005, providing the opportunity for businesses and public to learn how to use computer and form the core competence. By the End of May, 2011 , ADOC established 93 training centers in 10 PMEs, the accumulated number of trainees were over 300,000 people; together with this center opened in June19th. there are now 19 digital centers in Vietnam in 9 different provinces.
ADOC secretariat worked with Zhi Shan Foundation to set up ADOC digital training center . We invited the vice president of Department of Education, Quang Dien, Hue Vietnam - Nguyen Thai Hiep, Manger of ASUS Vietnam - Jeff Lo to join our program.
“To reduce the digital divide, to promote e-learning program has been the goal of ASUS ” said the ASUS country managers, “we were glad to share our resources to Vietnam students and promote e-learning through ADOC project; We are so looking forward to connect local people and Chinese Taipei together.”
The ADOC project is a self-funded multi-year Economic and Technical Cooperation (ECOTECH) initiative that Chinese Taipei first raised at the 2003 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It aims to assist in transforming digital divides into digital opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first phase of the ADOC project was launched in August 2004 and was concluded at the end of 2008. The second phase ADOC project, ADOC 2.0 project, was proposed during the 2007 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and launched in 2009 by Chinese Taipei.
The intention of setting up ADOC Digital Opportunity Center is to help less information-developed APEC nations to reduce the digital divide, preventing the people from the limitation of sex , academic performance, social status and the extent of digitalization; to achieve the goal of ”Anytime、Anyone、Anywhere、Anything” and promoting ADOC as the digital resource center.
ADOC Success Stories: From Selling Rice Cakes to Loan Officer
I am Lyam Dominguez II, 23 years old, and the second of 6 brothers and sisters. My father is a security guard and my mother is a housewife. When my father got laid off, I wanted to help my family, so I started making rice cakes and selling them every day around Malabon and Navotas, in thePhilippines. From the little money I earned, I contributed to our family’s everyday needs, but I wished I could earn more so I could help them more.
One fateful day, a staff member from ZOTO, Ate Inday, went to our home and helped us to organize a youth organization. I became one of the officers and got very much involved in the activities of the organization, especially in the trainings conducted by ZOTO at the . I then attended a computer literacy training course, which taught me the basics of using a computer. At first, I was really scared to even touch the computer because I feared that I might break it, and didn’t have money to pay for repairs. But slowly, at the course progressed, I became familiar with many software applications. When I completed the training, I became a ZOTO volunteer and acquired experience writing reports for the community clinic. Soon after, I was elected Secretary of the ZOTO Malabon Chapter. I also accepted side jobs from people seeking assistance in applying for employment, and typing documents such as cover letters, resumes, and recommendation letters.
Eventually, I needed to look for a permanent source of income, so I applied for a position as a microfinance loan officer at an organization providing services for the urban poor. I was hired in 2008 and I’m convinced that the knowledge I acquired at the was a decisive factor in my hiring. I thank ZOTO and the Computer Literacy Program that was taught at the . I will forever be indebted to them.
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