The Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development Project (Tech4ED) of the Department of Science and Technology- Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) won the e-Employment category at the 2016 World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) prizes.
The Tech4ED project aims to provide access to different aggregated, existing and proven ICT-enabled services and relevant content in one single platform. It also serves as a potent tool for empowerment and participation of unserved and underserved communities
Last year, 89 Tech4ED centres were established across the Philippines to make the platform accessible to citizens and serve as a conduit for efficient delivery of government and other services. A total of 233 Memorandums of Understanding were also signed with different municipalities and cities for the creation of more centres in 2015. This year, 14 new Tech4ED centres were inaugurated in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte and 41 in Ilocos Norte.
According to DOST-ICTO, the project allows the rural communities in the country to gain access to non-formal education, skills training, English training, an online library, ICT literacy, financial and entrepreneurial training materials and online government services.
The WSIS Prizes were given to recognise organisations that poster success stories and replicable models that empower the community at local level.
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