DAVAO City – The Information Communications and Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Internet Café Association of Davao (ICAD) have forged a partnership that will maximize the use of technology to generate employment for Dabawenyos and promote entrepreneurship.
In her privilege speech yesterday, Councilor Joanne Bonguyan, committee chair on Information Technology, said Tech4Ed will be a good platform which will serve as knowledge hubs and delivery channels for exploring the opportunities that await internet users.
It seeks to achieve two major thrusts: internet opportunities for all people and investing in people through digital literacy, she said.
Tech4Ed will also promote alternative learning for basic education and digital skills training.
According to ICTO, the Project “provides access points for individuals and communities to bridge the digital and education divide. It promotes grassroots development and opportunities for inclusive growth and poverty reduction.”
ICTO and ICAD president Alexis Bangayan have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to designate an area for Tech4Ed Center in internet cafes that are ICAD members.
“The ICAD has manifested its intent to establish a Tech4Ed center by providing three computer units for Tech4ED use only and has attested to support all activities to sustain and maintain the center to provide feasible necessary services to the community where they operate,” Bonguyan added.
The Tech4Ed centers will at least change the image of internet cafes that these are not only for games and amusement but also for basic education and digital skills training, she said. mindanews