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Refugees get help in learning technology skills

Microsoft Corporation is bringing training and computer education to United Nations refugees in camps located in Ke...

December 27, 2003   Canadian Consulting Engineer

Microsoft Corporation is bringing training and computer education to United Nations refugees in camps located in Kenya and the Russian Federation. Microsoft signed an agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on December 12 to fund the Community Technology Learning Centres.
One of the camps to have a technology learning centre is located in Dadaab in eastern Kenya. It holds more than 100,000 people, mostly from Somalia. The other camp, in St. Petersburg, has more than 6,000 refugges, mainly Afghans and Iraqis.
The arrangement was made as part of the World Summit on the Information Society and brought about through the UN Fund for International Partnerships. The fund is related to Ted Turner’s UN Foundation and intended as a “sort of marriage broker” of partnerships between UN organizations and civil society.


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