(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As part of Information Technology Authority's (ITA) continued participation in the Salalah Tourism Festival, a number of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programmes will be conducted through the Community Knowledge Centres (CKC) in the governorate of Dhofar this year as well, said a press release.
CKCs (which fall under the Community IT Training Project), provide venue for digital literacy training programmes. The aim this year is to train more than 1,000 Omanis on the basics of computers and Internet, as well as conduct sessions on eGovernment services, the release stated. ''Community IT training programmes attempt to push the bar in reaching the more remote areas where CKCs do not exist. Every year we select areas that do have access to the existing CKCs in Dhofar. In these remote locations, we offer alternative ICT training opportunities in cooperation with various educational institutions.
''To accommodate more people, ITA also offers flexible timings,'' Ahmed Salim al Wahaibi, project specialist, ITA, was quoted in the release as saying.
''We are planning to train 800 trainees from Rakhiout, Dalkout, Sadah, Mirbat, Madinat al Haq, Jbjat, Zeek, Msheilah, Kibot, Shillem, Al Halaniyat Islands, Zhabon and Baryoom. We also hope to train 200 children in Salalah, Thumrait and Taqah as part of the Understand' programme, which is designed specifically for them.
''It also includes a package of free open source educational software that consists of many activities suitable for children aged two to ten years. At the same time, we will also have specialised courses for 60 trainees with disabilities in Mirbat and Taqah each