ADOC Newsletter July 24, 2013

ADOC Workshop 2013

It is our pleasure to announce that the ADOC Workshop 2013 will be held August 15-17 in Chinese Taipei. The theme this year is “ Digital Inclusion: the Path toward an Inclusive, Sustainable, and Balanced Digital Community. ” Four speakers from Australia, Japan and the United States, as well as speakers from Chinese Taipei, will share their opinions and experience in digital inclusion in policy development and case work in the field. Relevant topics will be distributed for discussion during the workshops. Guests from the government sectors, partners and reporters from major media in the 10 partner member economies (PMEs) will be invited to the workshop as well…

Introduction to ITSON ADOC

The Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON) is well known for its devotion to the society in Mexico. Under this conviction, we aim to train the best students and provide the best services. We also agree that making connections with different sectors is vital.Currently, ITSON has around 17 thousand students and is offering 1 professional associate program, 23 career programs, 1 expertise program…

Training Programs Provided by the ADOC-ZOTO Have Changed Arnel’s Life 

My name is Arnel Lacea, the third child of Felipe and Verginia. Let me tell you about my story in ADOC-ZOTO Computer Literacy Program.I went to the undergraduate program at the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. Due to financial shortage, I could not continue my semester. I was trying to look for a job in the hope of financing my studies

ADOC Short Film Contest 

The online voting for the short film competition will be extended to July 29, 2013.Please keep promoting your film and ask your friends to vote!

 

 

Training Programs Provided by the ADOC-ZOTO Have Changed Arnel’s Life

My name is Arnel Lacea, the third child of Felipe and Verginia. Let me tell you about my story in ADOC-ZOTO Computer Literacy Program.

I went to the undergraduate program at the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. Due to financial shortage, I could not continue my semester. I was trying to look for a job in the hope of financing my studies. But now a day, it is harder to get a position without having basic computer skills. At that moment, I did not have enough knowledge and did not know how to use computer in work, I could not find a job and frustrated.

I realized that it is important to know how to use computer as a tool if I want to have a decent job. In addition, the training courses should provide basic operating skills and are short terms so I can get familiar with computer in a short time. Luckily, at that time, I found that ADOC-ZOTO was offering a 1-month Computer Literacy Training. Moreover, the course was for free and the computer laboratory is near where I live.

Without wasting anytime, a friend of mine and I inquired the information, signed up to register the program and grabbed the opportunity to learn. I was so excited to start my lessons in learning computer. I was really happy about it and vowed to learn the skills well.

Right after I finished the short course, a member of ADOC-ZOTO asked me if I would be willing to do volunteer work for the organization specifically for the Community Clinic. I accepted the position immediately. I was thrilled because not only I can implement my new skills but also am able to learn and experience a new type of work. I was able to apply my expertise in the major program to record the clinic finances. I was really happy volunteering and my experiences helped me not only in my daily work but also in my personal life. I volunteered for 1 year and receive a job offer as the Finance Officer of the Community Clinic.

Today, I work as a purchase office under the Disaster Risk Reduction Project in ADOC-ZOTO and the salary they offer to me is appropriate with benefits. By participating in the project, I can practice my computer skills and still do volunteer work for the Community Clinic. I am not only able to help myself but my family as well.

For my life changing experience, for all that has happened, I am very grateful to ADOC-ZOTO and to the Computer Literacy Program after all it was where everything started.

Introduction to ITSON ADOC

The Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON) is well known for its devotion to the society in Mexico. Under this conviction, we aim to train the best students and provide the best services. We also agree that making connections with different sectors is vital.

Currently, ITSON has around 17 thousand students and is offering 1 professional associate program, 23 career programs, 1 expertise program, 9 master programs and 2 doctorate programs distributed around 6 campuses.

ITSON joined the ADOC Project as a partner since 2009. Since then, 2 ADOC centers have been funded and set up in Obregon and Navojoa to provide training courses including basic computer skills, e-commerce and etc. to local community.

ADOC Workshop 2013

It is our pleasure to announce that the ADOC Workshop 2013 will be held August 15-17 in Chinese Taipei. The theme this year is “Digital Inclusion: the Path toward an Inclusive, Sustainable, and Balanced Digital Community.” Four speakers from Australia, Japan and the United States, as well as speakers from Chinese Taipei, will share their opinions and experience in digital inclusion in policy development and case work in the field. Relevant topics will be distributed for discussion during the workshops. Guests from the government sectors, partners and reporters from major media in the 10 partner member economies (PMEs) will be invited to the workshop as well.

On August 15, Ms. Laura Breeden from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at US Department of Commerce and Dr. Toshio Obi, the director of APEC e-Government Center at the Waseda University, will share their experience and opinions how the advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) economies, U.S.A. and Japan, work in digital inclusion and policy development. As to the cases, Mr. Peter Walton from Infoxchange in Australia and Mr. David Keyes from the Department of Information Technology in the City of Seattle will share the practical experiences in the digital inclusion projects they have been involved and implemented.

On August 16, the invited guests will be distributed into two groups in parallel. The first group “the digital divide situation and related ICT policies” will share and discuss the situation the representatives from public sectors are facing in their economies government sectors regarding bridging digital divide policy. The other group, “Best Practices and Future Developments of ADOC Partners,” would be joined by those from the ADOC partners and collaborators to share their practical experience in ADOCs. We expected to generate new ideas for the future of ADOC. We believe all the guests and participants can benefit from the workshop.

On August 17, all the invited guests from the PMEs will visit the digital opportunity centers in Chinese Taipei to see the demonstrations how ICT can help revitalize the local industry and economy.

ADOC Newsletter July 11, 2013

ADOC Photo Contest 2013

Dear ADOC Trainees and Trainers, grab your cameras! The annual ADOC photo contest is back. Once again, Trainees and Trainers can submit photos of great moments in ADOC training to win prizes at http://www.apecdoc.org/site/pc2013/.

The online photo contest, sponsored by the ASUS Foundation, begins July 1 and will run until August 9. Mr. Jose Zheng, the ADOC Project Manager, says, “We hope people who come to our website and see those photos will learn more about the ADOC Project and the vision to reduce digital divides. As the saying goes, a picture…

 

Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM)

When a name is chosen, that name carries expectations for the owner’s future. The Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM) is a place for learning to all people who live and work (children, staff, volunteers and board). KDM is also a school of life that not only provides knowledge, but also gives life experiences to form the character of every person in it…

 

Something Old, Something New – How a Soviet Lady Becomes Digital 

Tamara Vinogradova, born in 1937, an ordinary “babushka” (grandmother in Russian) from Yaroslavl, has spent all her life as a loyal housewife to her family. She spent her childhood growing up during the World War II, contributed most of her life learning to be a “qualified/good Soviet” under the totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union…

Something Old, Something New – How a Soviet Lady Becomes Digital

Tamara Vinogradova, born in 1937, an ordinary “babushka” (grandmother in Russian) from Yaroslavl, has spent all her life as a loyal housewife to her family. She spent her childhood growing up during the World War II, contributed most of her life learning to be a “qualified/good Soviet” under the totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union.

After the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, Tamara is now facing a new challenge to step in a “virgin territory” totally unknown to her and trying to get into the digital life in the new era of 21st century.

Tamara said, “Invitation to the course “The personal computer, communications systems and electronic services of Yaroslavl region” – was a gift. Learning something new is always interesting and useful. It all starts with an introduction to the computer, his work, and gradually to its capabilities. Computer’s capabilities are our opportunities! 

What’s the most difficult thing for a person? It turns out – “get off the couch!” (especially for older people). Computer can give one a chance, being on it (“on the couch”), typing on the keyboard, no matter where you are, who would bother to pay the bills for utilities? You can order the attendance to the doctor. You can write a letter via e-mail. You can talk on Skype. Internet makes it possible to hear the news of the world, to get all kinds of information about products, the laws on transport, the spiritual and cultural life.

Thank you for the opportunity. It gave back to us the dream about a decent life and the desire to strive for it. Thank you, it shows how diverse and interesting about life. It is desirable that each one had their own computer, so that everyone can travel to the world of knowledge, and of desire.”

Tamara’s story shows the possibility of how technology could contribute and improve the quality of lives of ordinary people, even for an old Soviet lady as Tamara. For the ADOC Project, it would be our sincere desire to see results and feedbacks as Tamara’s conclusion: “I would love to visit the country, which has given us this opportunity to have the desire and strength to get up “off the couch” to join civilization, act, live and enjoy life.”

Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM)

When a name is chosen, that name carries expectations for the owner’s future. The Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM) is a place for learning to all people who live and work (children, staff, volunteers and board). KDM is also a school of life that not only provides knowledge, but also gives life experiences to form the character of every person in it.

KDM joined the ADOC Project as a partner in 2009. The computers provided by the ADOC Project are very useful for the members in KDM in learning and creativity, such as using Photoshop to edit photos, making powerpoint presentations, writing essays in Open Office, playing games and finding information about a topic to learn what we learned, and etc. Moreover, we also get to know what Business Management is and its implementation.

What do we do?

With the computers providing by the ADOC 2.0, we have done something positive. We make the rules regarding the use of computers, for example, no food and drink, and no knives, magnets and any other sharp objects in the room. A schedule was organized so all children can learn and make creative works with computers.

Here is something we’ve done

1. Create Blog, for instance,http://lessil.wordpress.com or http://debbbie.wordpress.com

2. Make a presentation about the topics we were studying.

3. Film

4. Online Learning

5. Write stories and poems

6. Edit Video clips

7. Write scripts

8. Design with the graphical tools

When we made a film…

Most kids who came to KDM were from street. Due to various issues, they could not find refuge in the family and had to go to street. We found them and take them back to KDM for care and provide food and educations to those children. Therefore, we would like to make a film to tell those kids: maybe they will meet difficulties and problem in the life, choose wisely and don’t ever make a decision to go back to the life in the streets.

The film “JALANAN BUKAN PILIHAN”, which means “Life in the Streets is not an option” in English, was made by the children in the KDM. What we would like to tell the kids in KDM: Those kids will grow up and possibly no longer stay in the KDM. When there is a problem, choosing back to the street is not an option.

It is good to take advantage of the computers provided by the ADOC Project to generate positive things. As a partner in the ADOC Project, it gave us knowledge and learned how to make movies!

ADOC Photo Contest 2013

Dear ADOC Trainees and Trainers, grab your cameras! The annual ADOC photo contest is back. Once again, Trainees and Trainers can submit photos of great moments in ADOC training to win prizes at http://www.apecdoc.org/site/pc2013/.

The online photo contest, sponsored by the ASUS Foundation, begins July 1 and will run until August 9. Mr. Jose Zheng, the ADOC Project Manager, says, “We hope people who come to our website and see those photos will learn more about the ADOC Project and the vision to reduce digital divides. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  The impact of photos, being an image of trainees/trainers or picture taken in training, is extremely powerful.”

Starting from now, trainees and trainers who are interested in participating in this activity can take pictures on topics such as the training operating in the centers, the interaction between trainers and/or trainees, and all the touching moment during their visit to ADOC centers. Participants should upload their best pictures with short description up to 200 words to the ADOC’s website by August 9. Starting from August 12, the online viewers will be able to vote on their top choices for best photos. To be able to vote, it is required to register a member account on the ADOC’s website. The top 20 pictures with the highest votes will be promoted to the final selection and judged by the panel constituted by the ADOC Secretariat and ASUS Foundation. 12 out of the top 20 pictures will be awarded 50 USD. 

Share your wonderful moment and tell the world your story. For more information about the contest, including rules, important dates and requirements, please visit http://www.apecdoc.org/site/pc2013/.

ADOC Newsletter July 4, 2013

Making a Difference – the 2013 ADOC International Volunteer Program

If you are inspired to take concrete action for reducing digital divide, here maybe something you would be interested in: Join the ADOC International Volunteer Program.

This year, in addition to the 9 volunteer teams from Chinese Taipei, we have one team, the Youth Union of Phuoc Son district, coming from Vietnam. Therefore, this summer, 80 qualified and experienced volunteers from 10 universities and non-government organizations will provide ICT skills training and serve in 4 APEC member economies, namely, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

Sending volunteer teams to the ADOCs is part of the work to bridge digital divides and create digital opportunities. All of them aim to promote equity of access to technology in those regions which lack of technological resources. The services range widely from…

 

Telecenter ADOC Puente Alto

The Centro Bibliotecario of the Municipal Corporation of Puente Alto started its services since 1993. It locates in Puente Alto, a distinct with close to 600,000 habitants, in Santiago de Chile. The institution has years of experience to provide information services, such as books, using computers to get on internet…

 

The ADOC Trainings Help a Family Business Grow and Expand into International Market 

Elizabeth Prada who is a 30 year-old young lady is the owner of the family business. Her mother was the one to set up the company and named it Hakan Maki because it stands for “Brilliant Hands” in Quechua or “Manos Brillantes” in Spanish. When Elizabeth’s mother took courses in clothing design and production in the government training …

The ADOC Trainings Help a Family Business Grow and Expand into International Market

Elizabeth Prada who is a 30 year-old young lady is the owner of the family business. Her mother was the one to set up the company and named it Hakan Maki because it stands for “Brilliant Hands” in Quechua or “Manos Brillantes” in Spanish. When Elizabeth’s mother took courses in clothing design and production in the government training center, CETPRO, she decided to start a small business by her own. Elizabeth remembers the time seeing her mother sewing and designing outfits for her courses. Sometimes her mother would let Elizabeth and her sister being models in order to design dresses for children and sold her production.

Years later, somehow it was sad that the small dress design business was hard to maintain. Luckily the family still owns the sewing machines and Elizabeth’s mother has experience. They decided to work on women and baby clothing, specialized in the knit items made exclusively with Peruvian pima and organic cotton, baby alpaca and baby silk. The mother and daughters work as a team and take different responsibilities in the business. Elizabeth has found herself enjoy working as a commercial manager.

In order to make their small business grow, Elizabeth realized that they would need to gain knowledge in how to do business and started to look for training courses. Her search led her to PROMPERÚ ADOC and Elizabeth started to join the seminars every Wednesday. Based on what she needs in operating a small business, the ADOC manager recommended Elizabeth to enroll in practical training and technical assistant courses, such as business plans, market evaluation and differentiation, product distribution options, as well as digital marketing. After the training, Elizabeth started to promote their products through social networks. She even received international orders because the foreign buyers are interested in their natural and organic knit items, with a modern twist as a value-added. Elizabeth is also able to learn from others and find connection to other business owners in the training courses. These have helped Hakan Maki blossom and participate in some of the national and international fashion fairs.

Elizabeth believes that those courses provided by ADOC have changed her family’s life. What they have learned from ADOC has inspired them to constantly improve. The training in operating small business has provided them knowledge so they can apply in a practical manner and allow them to obtain wonderful results.