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UNESCO teaches computer skills to women in Atacama

Project in conjunction with the municipality of San Pedro de Atacama, northern Chile

UNESCO teaches computer skills to women in Atacama
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  • San Pedro de Atacama, región de Antofagasta, Chile

UNESCO will issue graduation certificates to 46 Atacaman women who completed the Computer Skills Programme organized in coordination with the municipality of San Pedro de Atacama. Women from the towns of San Pedro, Peine, Socaire and Talabre participated.

See related video(in Spanish)

• The plan also included purchase of computers for a community computer lab in the village of Séquitor.

• The graduation ceremony will be held in the Coyo Antai Events Centre (Camino Paso Jama S/N, San Pedro de Atacama) on Tuesday, May 25 at noon.

The training focused on introducing computer hardware and software, the advantages of using the technology, and its usefulness in day-to-day tasks. It also provided basic instruction on the internet use as a tool for personal and professional interests.

The graduation ceremony will be held in the Coyo Antai Events Centre (Camino Paso Jama S/N, San Pedro de Atacama) on Tuesday, May 25 at noon and will be officiated by Jorge Sequeira, director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) and Sandra Berna Martínez, the mayor of San Pedro de Atacama. This event will also mark the conclusion of a project to purchase computers for the Likan Antay Secondary School, which has 150 students who are largely of Atacaman heritage. The computers will also be used as a community computer lab for the village of Séquitor.

The goal of this project - initiated by UNESCO and the municipality of San Pedro de Atacama - was to reduce the digital gap in the local population and directly contribute toward improving the quality of life for local women and the organizations they belong to. Particpating women belong to social organizations.

Why does UNESCO promote access to new technologies?

One of UNESCO's priorities is to strengthen citizens' skills as a tool for development, thereby increasing their autonomy and guaranteeing genuine community participation.

UNESCO's international initiative for multimedia community centres promotes education that helps communities bridge the digital gap by forming and supporting community radio stations and providing access to the internet and other technologies. UNESCO believes that equal access to information and knowledge is a fundamental instrument that all people, organizations and communities should enjoy. Multimedia community centres offer a variety of informational, educational and recreational options and develop autonomy within communities by giving a voice to those who did not previously have one.

In Chile, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago's Communications and Information sector focuses its activities on improving access to information, strengthening abilities, developing innovative local content, freedom of expression, developing means of communication, preserving written heritage in libraries and archives, and promoting the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information For All Programme (IFAP).


Related links

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)

UNESCO's Communications and Information sector

Municipality of San Pedro de Atacama (in Spanish)

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The ceremony will be held at the Coyo Antai Events Centre (Camino Paso Jama S/N, San Pedro de Atacama) on Tuesday, May 25 at noon.

To cover this event, please contact:
Knowledge Management Section
Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
(OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)

comunicaciones.santiago@unesco.org
Telephone (56-2) 472 46 07

In San Pedro de Atacama:
Paola Piñones, didecospa@gmail.com
Community Development Department for the Municipality of San Pedro de Atacama
Telephone (56-55) 569225
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  • 20-05-2010