Digital literacy training opens ICT Month observance in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 June 2011 18:05

The digital literacy training sessions for women opened the observance of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  Month of June in Zamboanga City.

Dr. Teresita Torremonia, head of the ICT Education and Training Unit of the office, said the training is part of the nationwide Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC) which aims to help 10,000 women gain functional digital literacy.

Sixty-three women were trained during the two training sessions, conducted in partnership with the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development and the barangays of Tumaga, San Roque, and Upper Calarian on June 1, 2 and 9.

The training immediately followed after the opening ceremonies, which marked the start of the activities in celebration of the National ICT Month, held at the National Computer Center-Field Operations Office (NCC-FOO).

Organized by the local officials of Tumaga, the 150-strong crowd—a mix of local barangay officials, women groups, media and out-of-school youths, walked their way to NCC-FOO from the Tumaga barangay hall.

Aside from the PDLWC training, the calendar of activities for this year’s National ICT month celebrations also introduced different groups and organizations to the basics of ICT.

On June 3, thirty students from the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School participated in the basic ICT for elementary students. A hands-on activity, the training was conducted as a supplement to basic computer education classes.
On June 7, it was the kids’ turn to play with the computers. A total of thirty 5-year olds joined the ICT skills development for kids, a first of its kind especially designed to make ICT relevant and fun for children.

Meanwhile, 23 participants completed the one-day session on blogging held on June 6. The free training covered the basics of blogging and how it can be used as a tool to bring the organizations, such as government offices and educational institutions, closer to the people they serve through information and communication.
In an effort to further bring ICT closer to the community, the NCC office also continued its tradition to conduct series of ICT information drives in the rural barangays of the city.

On June 7, the information drive introduced basic ICT concepts to an audience of 70 participants in the barangay of Mariki. The information drive will be making three more stops in the barangays of Tugbungan, Recodo and La Paz before the ICT month ends.

Capping off the activities of the first two weeks of the National ICT month celebrations was the ICT day celebration spearheaded by the office, together with the Department of Education and the learners of the eSkwela program of region 9.

The one-day activity, which featured the ICT quiz bee, poster making contest and the essay writing competition, was an affirmation of the potential of ICT to improve lives through education.

The month of June was declared as National ICT Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1521, s. 2008. As such, all government agencies, schools, organizations and groups in the country are enjoined to be part of the national celebratory activities.

In Zamboanga City, the NCC-FOO is the lead agency spearheading the activities and events for month-long celebration. For the whole month of June, the office will be at the forefront of several capability-building activities and ICT information drives, in cooperation with partner institutions and organizations.
Information about the upcoming activities for the ICT month is available at the NCC-FOO at (062) 990-1806 or email at — NCC-FOO/PIA9-BaSulTa