GENEVA – Ecuador’s Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society was honored Monday by the International Telecommunications Union for a program to bring information technology to the country’s most remote communities.
A total of 14 governments received recognition for making progress toward the goals established in the 2003 and 2005 World Summits on the Information Society, the ITU said.
The Ecuadorian initiative, Digital Training through Mobile Classrooms, consists of trucks equipped with cutting-edge technology – touchscreens, special keyboards for disabled people – which travel the country to provide the widest possible access to IT.
Mobile Classrooms are adapted to the users, who on the one hand might be computer-illiterate youths, or on the other, students already versed in the technologies who will learn, for example, how to set up a Web site.
Ecuador’s minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society, Jaime Hernan Guerrero Ruiz, accepted the award in person.
In an interview with Efe, he expressed enormous satisfaction at receiving the award and said Mobile Classrooms seeks not only to provide people with access to the technologies, but also to identify their real needs, so that later the government can develop more extensive plans. EFE