Mobile IT Clubs (MITC)
The MITC is a self-contained mobile multimedia cyber learning station complete with curriculum, and software, ICT peripherals, audio-visual aids, a smart driver and two instructors and the chief facilitator. It is designed to bring ICT to the doorsteps of the information-poor and the undeserved communities in Egypt .
The value of the MITC project is in its availability of ICT to surrounding communities specially the sub-urban and rural ones, and connect them to the world. This project was developed to promote computer literacy, and Internet accessibility through introducing a set of ICT free services including ICT awareness, internet connectivity, and basic IT skills training courses.
Goal & Objectives
To increase computer literacy across Egypt, and to provide citizens in such areas with free access to a wider horizon of information and knowledge.
- Introducing ICT to communities in remote under-serviced areas.
- Overcoming the problem of computer scarcity in remote areas.
- Increasing the awareness of the different usage of ICTs and the Internet.
Areas of Work
One of the main role of the MITC is contributing to illiteracy eradication in Egypt. This is being achieved through implementing regular visits to the most deprived areas through spreading basics knowledge using a set of learning activities embedded in familiar contexts of everyday life that introduced through Illiteracy eradication CDs. The IE set includes three simple, self-based, interactive computer tutorial includes topics in fields of health, education, political rights, family care, and the environment.Agriculture
In health sector , the ICT Trust Fund In cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, constructed another Mobile IT Clubs called "Women's Mobile Health Unit (WMHU)" to promote a national campaign for early detection of breast cancer. The program is providing women with different health services for women including; caner early detection, mammography scans, and spread awareness on breast cancer prevention. for the early discovery of breast cancer. The Units also introduce services such blood pressure and blood sugar levels measuring. The WMHU staff transmits breast scans to specialized physicians who review the scans and report back with recommended treatment or any medical advice is passed on.Internet Safety
The MITC works at raising awareness of safe Internet usage in the community especially among students and youth, the best uses of ICT tools, and the real connection between the digital world and beneficiaries.Women and Childhood
Supporting the community developmental efforts of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) , through constructing two buses were constructed to provide advocacy campaigns and specialized training programs that target groups in remote areas.
Beneficiaries & Location
- School students dwellers
- Youth and groups accessing IT-Clubs
- Citizens of sub-urban and rural areas who are currently unprivileged and unequipped with the appropriate information and communication technology infrastructure
The MITC project targets in the first place introducing ICT facilities to areas where no NGO with ICT infrastructure has yet been identified. The mobile units spread awareness of computer technologies to rural and remote communities where people would not otherwise have access or exposure to such technology. They also serve as a mobile computer room for conferences and as mobile training centres, where the IT-training is offered free of charge. Over years, the Mobile IT Club accomplished tangible achievements in different field of development.
- In the field of Illiteracy Eradication , the IT Mobile Units secluded regular tours allover Egypt to eradicate illiteracy and spread basics knowledge using a set of learning activities embedded in familiar contexts of everyday life.
- In agriculture, through a partnership with Food and Agriculture Organization- FAO, MITC project provides support in delivering awareness sessions on ICT for agriculture issues.
- According to women and children, the MITC project supported the efforts of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) through providing two well-equipped buses were constructed to implement advocacy campaigns and specialized training programs that target groups in remote areas.
- In Health, through a cooperation between the ICT-TF and the Ministry of Health and Population and, "Women's Mobile Health Unit (WMHU)" provided to promote a national campaign for early detection of breast cancer.
- The MITC contributes to raise awareness with Internet safety issues in local community especially among students and youth, the best uses of ICT tools, and the real connection between the digital world and beneficiaries.
Universities Ideas Bank
Egypt Information and Communication Technology Trust Fund (ICT-TF together with Supreme council of Egyptian Universities and New Ideas Bank Association have started their new project named "Universities Ideas Bank" at Cairo University on the 6th May, 2012.
The project is a technological center that resembles an experts home for new and innovative ideas generated from students and researchers of Cairo university. Because the project depends on the students and researchers contributions, this center is implemented on campus through Egypt ICT-TF Mobil IT Unit; an ICT equipped bus, that would be touring the faculty for 2 weeks to one month period presenting generated ideas.
But that is not all, Egypt ICT-TF supports the creation and marketing of these students and researchers' ideas by training them on technical skills (e-marketing tools for small and medium enterprises, blog and website creation) in addition to interpersonal skills like communication skill.
Over and Above the project links linking ideas with potential donors and sponsors. Hence, the project raises the students and researchers' employability. The project also raises awareness on the importance of Green ICT.
It is expected that each trainee would have his/her own website to market his/her idea and link it to private and public sector related websites. In that way, the project establishes synergies between local communities, invention and private and public sector.
E-India Award 2008
Information and Communication Technology for Development event - 'eINDIA 2008' jointly organised by Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies and Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, with the support of Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Ministry of Agriculture and UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development. It aims to addresses the growing need for a multi-pronged approach towards ICT for development.
The event drew 100 exhibitors, 350 speakers and more than 4,000 high-level representatives from the ICT industry, the Government, the civil society, the academia and the private sector, from over 50 countries under seven thematic tracks, namely - eGov, digital Learning, eHEALTH, eAgriculture, mSERVE, Indian Telecentre Forum and Municipal IT. In 2008, the Best ICT enabled Farming of the year award went to Mobile IT Unit (MITU) Capacity Building Initiative.
Internet Safety Training
Tolerance ,Understanding , acceptance and ICT Skills were the basic issues that Yasmeen Magdy learned in the Mobile IT Club training in Shubra el Kema. She is one of dozens of young people who attended the unconventional training on the Internet Safety issues and Peace culture organized by Suzanne ICT Trust Fund and implemented through the MITC.
The training empowered youth through ICT to become catalysts of change, to create safe and better future for themselves and others, to address the root causes of conflict, to disseminate the culture of peace and to create international dialogues for a harmonious world. Yasmeen describes the training that she received by saying "Everything is explained clearly in a professional way. I can now look for a better job after adding IT knowledge to my CV and also I can use my own blog to communicate and share knowledge.
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