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Information Dissemination and Equal Access Project
Information Dissemination and Equal Access Project
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IDEA Project in Ukraine

The Information Dissemination and Equal Access (IDEA) Project is the result of a partnership between PH International and Microsoft. IDEA creates and supports community-based Internet centers which provide residents with free technology training and access to computers. These aptly named IDEA Centers increase the quality of education and the level of social and cultural development in the communities where they operate.  IDEA also works to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged groups by supplying specialized computer software and training aimed at expanding their educational, employment, and community-building opportunities. 


IDEA
Center Basics

IDEA Centers provide computer classes and community-oriented trainings to the public free of chargein 7 IDEA centers.  The classes range from computer basics to job-specific software and beyond, and every IDEA Center receives Microsoft teaching materials and the Microsoft Encyclopedia Encarta to use in these trainings.  Ultimately, IDEA Center offerings are as diverse and unique as the communities they serve.

IDEA’s commitment to being relevant and sustainable on a local level is shown through its strategy of using local partnerships.  Each IDEA Center is housed in a local nonprofit organization, and this organization helps to tailor the offerings of the Center to the needs of the community.  As a result of these local connections, IDEA Centers expand access to computer and Internet technology training for underserved populations such as unemployed or underemployed youth, people with disabilities, low-income groups, and senior citizens.

IDEA Centers generate and depend on the active involvement and interest of community members.  Centers are established and supported by PH International staff, but it is the trained local volunteers, center managers and IT specialists who provide many of the day-to-day services: technical support, monitoring open Center hours, advertising local offerings, and teaching computer classes.

Strategies for Success

Building a community-based network of computer centers for a wide array of citizens is a complex task which draws on the successful completion of several strategies.  IDEA works in the following ways, to ensure a successful and vibrant network:

  • Developing information technology tools that strengthen social and economic development and which can be adapted for specific regions, systems and available organizational infrastructure.
  • Increasing the well-being of local residents, including educational, social, and cultural development. The IDEA Project builds human capital by holding educational events that train public officials, educators and other employees of government-financed organizations on the use ICT in their work.
  • Creating an efficient system of computer centers enabling residents to have free, universal access to Internet and computer technology.  Universal access to online resources advances equal access to information, a key component of regional and economic development.
  • Increasing the efficiency of governmental, educational and cultural organizations through IT access and well trained community members and volunteers. IDEA Center volunteers and trainees go on to use their skills for the benefit of not just the IDEA Center, but the whole community.
  • Developing a technological infrastructure in outlying regions by increasing Internet penetration and impact among the adult population, developing a network of free computer centers.  The impact of a centrally located Center extends beyond the town or city where it is immediately located.

Objective of IDEA Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark

Based on the previous IDEA experience, a new joint project of PH International and Microsoft within Microsoft’s YouthSpark social initiative started in Ukraine in 2013. The new project is called IDEA Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark. It aims to assist disadvantaged youth, including unemployed youth and young people who prepare to live on their own, to receive computer skills and other life skills which one has to have to compete successfully in the modern labor market.

NGOs that join the partnership network of the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark receive free-of-charge:

  • training course Microsoft Digital Literacy
  • training and consulting of its Computer Learning Center’s trainer or coordinator during the course of the project
  • Microsoft software necessary for implementing the project activities and development of new projects – ranging from Windows and Office – to servers and CRM-systems
  • access to the Project database and a possibility to receive numbered certificates about passing Microsoft Digital Literacy Course or other courses for development of skills necessary for successful employment or starting one’s own business
  • partial compensation of their expenses for training of youth and participation in other project activities
  • a possibility to highlight their activities and success stories via the project Web-site http://www.idea-ukraine.org/

Software that can be received within IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark

Thanks to Microsoft Software Donation Program, participating NGOs can:

  • receive up to 10 software products including software for working with documents, communication, effective management etc. that can be installed on computers belonging to your NGO (full list in Eng: http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/community-tools/nonprofits/whats-available/available-software)
  • have a one-time legalization of Windows operational system or receive its up-date to the Windows 8 level
  • receive a two year long program Software Assurance – technical support and up-date of software, and also a free-of-charge set of services and tools for increasing of work effectiveness
  • use free of charge the software received after the Software Assurance expiration date (without the right for a free-of-charge update)
  • additionally order software for new PCs in one year, and receive the up-date in 2 years

Computer Learning Centers that Joint YouthSpark:

  • conduct trainings in accordance with Microsoft Digital Literacy Program (or Курс Цифрових технологiй), developed by Microsoft experts. DL suggests a selection of training courses ranging froom «Computer Basics» до «Digital Lifestyles». Trainees who successfully completed the course receive numbered certificate, which can be checked by employers at the project web-site.
  • seminars aiming to improve different skills of trainees that aim to improve their social and economic situation. Partner NGOs choose topics of such seminars taking into account specific needs of their clients. Examples of such seminars could be «Completing a Successful Resume», «Job Search through Internet», «The Unemployed: the Rights and Opportunities», «Anti-Virus Protection of Your PC», «legal Assistance and Consultations in Internet», «Distance Learning Opportunities». The Centers prepare and carry out the courses in a close cooperation with local employers, vocational education and in-service training centers, and youth organizations.
  • provide Internet access to youth, not less than 10 hours per week. This time is also used by the trainees for practicing the skills received during the trainings, and for consultations by the Center experts.
  • pay a particular attention to training of trainers so that they could themselves conducts training courses for youth in local communities after the graduation.

An NGO can participate in the Project if it has a non-for-profit code 005 or 006, its priority is youth 13 tо 24 years of age, and it works in the following directions:

  • provision of support to the homeless, poor, refugees, orphans, people with speial needs, youth fro families with many children etc.
  • health care and prevention of illnesses
  • human rights protection and provision of legal assistance
  • improving of social protection of people
  • protection of culture
  • protection and restoration of environment
  • support and development of NGOs in Ukraine, and provision of grants to NGOs
  • assistance to the unemployed, and provision of employability training and consultancy support
  • protection of the rights of voters
  • fighting corruption, and improving economic development of communities
  • development of physical culture and amateur sports

Private individual, government organizations, educational and healthcare facilities, professional sports organizations, professional unions, and religious organizations cannot participate.

NGOs that join the project must ensure:

  • availability of a functioning Computer Learning Center within its structure (min 5 computers)
  • active access to Internet
  • availability of a trainer or coordinator that will conduct training sessions
  • access of disadvantaged youth, that needs PC and other employability and life skills training or consulting, to free or inexpensive services of the Center
  • partnership relationships with other NGOs, employment centers, and organizations that provide social support to youth
  • provision of their own input (financial, personnel, etc.) equivalent to the size of direct funding that is provided with support from Microsoft
  • ability to sustain the project activities after the project ends
  • If interested NGOs have previously participated in the IDEA project, the following indicators of their participation will be taken into account:
    • numbers of trainees and quality of training provided, and quality of reporting
    • informational inputs to the IDEA database such as project news and success stories
    • participation in such activities as local vacancy fairs, Microsoft computer knowledge weeks, activities of «Onlandia» etc.

For NGOs that wish to join the project

To apply for participation in IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark, please go to http://www.idea-ukraine.org/join/3/
and enter your data in the suggested registration form, or talk to the project staff whose contacts are indicated at http://www.idea-ukraine.org/about/


For youth who wishes to take project courses

To take courses suggested by the NGOs partnering within IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark, please go to http://www.idea-ukraine.org/calender/ There, you will find contacts of partnering NGOs that established Computer Learning Centers within the Project in Ukraine. Please contact them regarding availability of vacant places and how to subscribe for the courses.

To date, 284732 people have received assistance within the both IDEA Project, and IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark, including 94580 people who were trained at Microsoft Unlimited Potential and Microsoft Digital Literacy computer trainings, and 9183 children who participated at Onlandia courses.


  

 Project's staff

Haidamashko Andriy
PH International Country Director in Ukraine, Director of IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark
Email: Andriy.Haidamashko@ph-int.org



Fokin Vasiliy
Chief Information Officer, PH International

assists in the technical needs of Program; provides development, support, and updates for all project related database development tasks; and simplifies database reporting for staff and Educational Centers. He provides consultation for all database development questions, and ensures adequate anti-virus, anti-hacker, and anti-spam protection and support
Email: vasiliy.fokin@ph-int.org




Mailing address for Information Dissemination and Equal Access Project (IDEA)

vul. Esplanadna 28, Suite 7
Kyiv 01001 Ukraine

Tel + 380-44-246-7213, Fax +380-44-246-7205


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