Russia opens IT centre to help refugees and the disabled

June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p12
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The article reports that a technology centre for refugees and local disabled people has been set up in St Petersburg, Russia. The various groups behind the project hope that giving people access to information technology (IT) systems and training will help them find jobs. Tatiana Lineva, the president of the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Red Cross, said that for local citizens with disabilities, as well as for refugees, access to the internet and professional IT training programs is a vital window to new skills and employment opportunities. Initiatives like this will help them build their confidence and have the chance to contribute socially and economically. The St Petersburg Community Technology Learning Centre has been set up by the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Microsoft, which supplied the PCs, server, and software and trained the staff to teach basic and advanced IT skills.


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