Community centers trainers’ course continue [Archives:2006/962/Local News]

July 10 2006

SANA'A, July 8 ) The special course for training community centers trainers from Mukalla, Taiz and Hodeida is to continue up until the final days of July.

Abdullah Abdulelah Sallam, a Manager of the Youth National Cultural Center (YNCC) in Taiz said the course is implemented under an agreement signed last year by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, UN Development Program and the YNCC.

The agreement stipulated the establishment of three typical community centers for youths with the aim to enhance their capabilities at the local level through the use of information and telecommunication technology, Sallam mentioned. The agreement aims to create more job opportunities to help young people improve their living standards.

“The UNDP, Information and Telecommunication Technology Program to Serve Development in Arab Countries and Microsoft Company are to support youth centers in Yemen with 200 thousand (USD). The grant is to be used in funding a year-project, expected to benefit 3,000 young men and women,” Sallam noted. “There are many local partners who will contribute to the project including Al-Absi Group.”

Sallam said the project aims to implement the recommendations of the Third National Human Development Report that discussed various issues. Also it aims to facilitate opportunities for obtaining information and exchanging experiences of issues associated with youth development, increase their awareness and provide them with new job opportunities through information and telecommunication technology.

Sallam continued that the project is to support establishing electronic libraries, which in turn help young people acquire knowledge and improve their capabilities.

He concluded the community centers' project is to be implemented as part of a comprehensive program for enhancing the use of information and telecommunication technology to serve development in Yemen. The program is based on the available abilities and infrastructures, as well the effective participation of civil community and governmental organizations.