ADOC Newsletter November 29, 2013

We Are Always There for You

As you may know, the mission of the ADOC Project is to transform digital divides into digital opportunities. Since it was launched in 2004, the ADOC Project has worked to help disadvantaged groups or areas to overcome limitations due to age, gender, physical, social or educational status. Chinese Taipei would like to express its gratitude to the 10 partner member economies of this project, namely Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam…

CAS, the driving force of ADOC in Thailand

The involvement of Thailand joining the ADOC project could trace back to 2007. As 3 city-level tele-communication centers opened in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom and Nakhon Ratchasima, the ADOC initiative and related programs have been promoted within the country…

Knowledge as Love. Grows when it is shared  

My name is Elizabeth Valdivia González. I started to participate in the project by the end of 2010 when a group of professors from ITSON invited me to work together. They would like to teach adults to use computers as a community service. It was just the beginning when we were planning and thinking about how to do it…

We Are Always There for You

The ADOC Project has been obtained by the APEC official website!!

As you may know, the mission of the ADOC Project is to transform digital divides into digital opportunities. Since it was launched in 2004, the ADOC Project has worked to help disadvantaged groups or areas to overcome limitations due to age, gender, physical, social or educational status. Chinese Taipei would like to express its gratitude to the 10 partner member economies of this project, namely Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Based on the true stories, the short film talked about those who used to be helpless, tried to survive in a hard environment and were in the disadvantaged groups get transformed because of the ADOC Project. There are a lot of people from government sectors, private sectors, non-government organizations, and non-profit organization. They have been involved in the ADOC Project actively, unconditionally, and devotedly. They are the true digital missionaries to help bridge the digital divide and create digital opportunities.

“We are always there for you” is the key element that we would like to share with you. For those who lack of resources to learn computers, the ADOC Project provides the tools and training materials to them. For those who are in the rural areas and far away from the places that people can easily get trained in information and communication technology, the mobile digital opportunity centers bring laptops to them and help them connect to the Internet to reach the world. In many cases, the ADOC centers also serve as community centers that provide educational assistance to children support development of local industries, and promote community tourism with its IT facilities. This project has proved itself a key enabler of equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth in the region. It also facilitates people-to-people connectivity as many young students volunteer their service in foreign ADOC centers.

We hope all the participants in the 10 partner member economies have proud feelings in the ADOC Project. May Chinese Taipei, the one who “does not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” in the ADOC Project can be seen.

The movie has been announced in the APEC website. Please enjoy watching the short film “We are always there for you”.

CAS, the driving force of ADOC in Thailand

The involvement of Thailand joining the ADOC project could trace back to 2007. As 3 city-level tele-communication centers opened in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom and Nakhon Ratchasima, the ADOC initiative and related programs have been promoted within the country.

In 2008, ADOC welcomed College of Asian Scholars (CAS) into the network. CAS is a university-level college designed for Asian studies experts and students based in Khon Kaen. As a regional research-oriented institute, CAS has played an important role in leading the Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) and culture learning trend in the community.

By promoting the ADOC activities, CAS has also gained reputation in digital education within the Khon Kaen region, which has brought about the participation of neighboring Hua Khiew Wittayalai School in 2008 and Krasaepattana School in 2010 into the project.

Since the inception of ADOC center in CAS, a number of activities have been initiated by the institute for the community. Every year international volunteer teams serve basic ICT education service in CAS since 2011. Also, photo and short film contests have been promoted in CAS and neighboring secondary schools. In 2013, 2 ADOC Club events were hosted in CAS and Krasaepattana School.

The CAS engagement and cooperation with ADOC has set up a model for other centers in Thailand. With the effort of CAS in promoting ICT education and digital learning value, the Khon Kaen region has benefited a lot in bridging the digital divide and helping the elders, women and children in rural areas in accessing digital opportunities.

Knowledge as Love. Grows when it is shared

My name is Elizabeth Valdivia González. I started to participate in the project by the end of 2010 when a group of professors from ITSON invited me to work together. They would like to teach adults to use computers as a community service. It was just the beginning when we were planning and thinking about how to do it.

I am happy to see how these people have grown and how thankful they are by saying “Thank you for what you have taught me” after the training programs. We keep telling them it is never too late to learn. Some of them told me, “Please help me. There is none in my house pays attention to me”. This is the major reason that we pretend to bring the computer training programs as a service. We would like to let those who attend the training feel secured and being taken in a warm environment.

Many people have found job opportunities after the training courses. It proves that they can be self-sufficient and finding better job opportunities after improving their knowledge and skills in usage of IT.

Our motto in the center is “Knowledge as love. Grows when it is shared.” We will continue to share all of our knowledge and experience in ICT to those who are in need.

ADOC Newsletter November 18, 2013

2013 ADOC International Volunteer Teams in Indonesia

The ADOC secretariat is pleased to share its 2013 international volunteer team stories with all the ADOC partners and friends. Co-sponsored with the ASUS foundation, ten groups composed of university students and NGO/NPO workers have conducted their volunteer services this summer in collaboration with ADOC centers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam…

Supporting Women to Become More Successful

The Centre for Women and Development (CWD) is an institution directly subordinated to the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU). The main function of CWD is to support the political and social activities of the Vietnam Women’s Union under the direction of the Presidium of the Vietnam Women’s Union. The goal of CWD is to support the integral development of the skills, the educational level, and the capacities of Vietnamese women…

The ADOC Project Helps Disabled Members in the Community Improve Their Businesses and Lives  

Carlos Miguel Quito Cruz is from Trujillo, Perú, and has been suffered from a walking disability since he was born. His dream was to have his own business and be financial independent.One day, Carlos’ life was changed. The president of the National Council for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS) had made agreement with the ADOC center in Trujillo to provide low-cost or free ICT workshops for all members…

2013 ADOC International Volunteer Teams in Indonesia

The ADOC secretariat is pleased to share its 2013 international volunteer team stories with all the ADOC partners and friends. Co-sponsored with the ASUS foundation, ten groups composed of university students and NGO/NPO workers have conducted their volunteer services this summer in collaboration with ADOC centers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Three ADOC centers in Indonesia have participated in the international volunteer program this summer, namely Orangutan Information Center in Bukit Lawang, Field Indonesia Foundation in West Sumatra, Pesamuhan Bodhicitta Mandala Foundation in Medah. Three groups from Taiwan are selected to conduct the volunteer service in Indonesia, including National Chiao Tung University, Chun Hua University and National Pingtung University of Technology.

In July, students from National Chiao Tung University conducted their volunteer services in Bukit Lawang in cooperation with the Orangutan Information Center. The volunteer team provided courses such as trekking, photo editing and GIS mapping. Simultaneously, students from Chun Hua University conducted their volunteer services in West Sumatra in cooperation with the Field Indonesia Foundation. The volunteer team provided courses such as GPS introduction, GPS practice and GIS mapping.

In August, volunteer students from National Pingtung University of Technology conducted their volunteer services in Medah, Indonesia in cooperation with the Pesamuhan Bodhicitta Mandala Foundation. The volunteer team provided services such as basic computer skills, practical e-learning and the elderly visit.

The international volunteer services in Indonesia have reached a great success. It not only advances the cooperation among ADOC partners, but also bridges the connection between academic institutes and NGO/NPOs. With the effort of event such as international volunteer team, the ADOC project will continue shine light on the need for creating digital opportunities worldwide.

Supporting Women to Become More Successful

The Centre for Women and Development (CWD) is an institution directly subordinated to the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU). The main function of CWD is to support the political and social activities of the Vietnam Women’s Union under the direction of the Presidium of the Vietnam Women’s Union. The goal of CWD is to support the integral development of the skills, the educational level, and the capacities of Vietnamese women. 

Information technology (IT) plays an increasingly important role in society. The IT development and application to life has become increasingly popular in the era of technology. Vietnam is no exception. Therefore, it is necessary and a must-do thing to train people, especially children and women, using technology, Through using computers and the Internet, people can reach the world and acquire knowledge through various sources.

With the support from the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project, CWD started its computer training courses since June 2009. Many people have been benefited through the programs and have better job opportunities.

The ADOC Project Helps Disabled Members in the Community Improve Their Businesses and Lives

Carlos Miguel Quito Cruz is from Trujillo, Perú, and has been suffered from a walking disability since he was born. His dream was to have his own business and be financial independent.

One day, Carlos’ life was changed. The president of the National Council for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS) had made agreement with the ADOC center in Trujillo to provide low-cost or free ICT workshops for all members in the organization. Carlos was interested in their business oriented courses. He decided to take them and learn more about how to start a business by his own. After receiving these trainings, Carlos realized that the digital opportunities of today would greatly benefit him a lot because he can use computer to reach the world without the limitation of his disability.

He began to make a business plan and eventually set up his own small fruit stand in the El Porvenir Market. The fruit store locates close to his home and is now doing quite well. Through the trainings, Carlos learned to apply excel to calculate product costs and save this information, word to make lists of products and keep track of his costs, as well as CorelDRAW to make his own designs for publicity. He feels that the programs have changed his life and wishes to continue growing economically and culturally. In the past, he knew nothing about computers. But now he has computer knowledge to do just about anything. Carlos is very grateful for the opportunity provided by the ADOC Center. He would like to recommend this training program to all his fellow members in the disabled community so that they can learn the computer skills and may start their own businesses later. He believes the lives of his friends would be no longer limited because of body disability but reach the world with the present technology and tools.