ADOC Newsletter 7/30
ADOC Center opening and donation ceremony
ADOC Secretariat is proud to announce the recent opening of one new APEC Digital Opportunity Centers in Nonthaburi, Thailand, this July 19th. Together with this center, we now have 12 centers in Thailand and trained over 23,000 people.
ADOC worked with Institute of Trade Strategies in Thailand to establish the first Training center in 2007, providing the opportunity for public and medium and small entrepreneur to learn computer skills and to form core competence. In 2008, thanks to the cooperation of College of Asian Scholars (CAS), Thailand, we established ADOC Partner Office and ADOC center. In addition to providing training materials, the office is also responsible for the integration of all centers in the country.
In order to extent the achievement, ADOC Secretariat has worked with Nonthaburi Center for Independent Living to establish one training center in July 19, hoping to enhance the ability for disabled people in Nonthaburi to use ICT and improve the life of them. In this event, we invited Mr. Berton B. C. Chiu, Advisor & Director, Economic Division Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Thailand and Mr. Henry Lin the Country Manager, ASUSTek Computer, as witnesses. We also invited Mrs. Mayuree Pewsuwan, Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Expert, National Office for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (NEP) as representative of Thailand government， Mrs. Wiphawa Udomratana, Chief of Nonthaburi Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office and Ms. Poonsuk Seetapadol, Director of Promotion of Quality of Life Division Nonthaburi Provincial Administration Organization.
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. By June, 2012, ADOC has established 93 centers, and the cumulative number of trainees is over 330,000.
The purpose of ADOC is to help APEC nations reduce the digital divides with other developed countries, prevent people from suffering the limitations of gender, physical and mentally, knowledge, status, degree of digitalization, to achieve the goal of “Anytime, Anyone, Anywhere, Any thing”, and make ADOC the Asia-Pacific digital resource center.
ADOC Success Story: Bringing ICT Knowledge to the Older Generation
My name is Maria Luisa Cota Valdez and I live inSonora, a city located inNorthwestern Mexico. I am now 60 years old, and believe it or not, despite my age, I still plan to keep working. I re-sell beauty products to my family, friends and acquaintances, as this keeps me busy. My knowledge of computers and new technologies is very limited because I did not have the opportunity to learn how to use computers, or was able to keep up with the new innovations.
A few weeks ago I heard that the Technical Institute of Sonora (ITSON) was offering a training program at its APEC Digital Opportunity Center, which was specifically designed for older generation. Upon learning this, I thought that this was a marvelous opportunity for us seniors, who for different reasons had not been able to keep up with the modern technology, so I decided to join the program.
The duration of the training program was two weeks, during which I had an incredible life-changing experience. Before joining the training, I was convinced that I would never have the opportunity to learn to use a computer, but the teachers and volunteer students showed us so much patience and passion and skillfully made sure that every doubt was cleared up. Seeing the instructor’s dedication was something that inspired me to continue to learn.
Thanks to the knowledge I got from this training program, I will be able to use computers and the internet to promote and sell my beauty products instead of using conventional ways, such as snail mail and telephones. I would like to say that I feel truly grateful to the ADOC Secretariat and ITSON for putting together this program, which was offered in such a new and shiny classroom with very modern computers. I am very happy and intend to apply the knowledge you instilled in me to keep in touch with my family and make my work easier and faster.
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