This project will provide education in technology to 100 at risk adolescents who receive health services, meals and education from Casa Esperanza, a non-profit organization that provides educational alternatives to children and teenagers in extreme poverty conditions. The project will introduce youngsters to digital concepts and resources that will help them in their school and life activities and future jobs. Also, it aims to encourage their interest and possibilities in the digital world.
More than 300 children living in poverty, mainly Afro-Panamanians and indigenous, attend daily to Casa Esperanza to receive health, nutrition, tutoring and education. However, their training does not include education in technology to help them bridge the digital divide; in other words, the skills and abilities to benefit from access to technology in a safe and effective manner.
This project will provide 100 youngsters instruction on digital citizenship and internet cloud resources such as information search, emails, word processors, spreadsheets and presentations. Building digital skills also provides them with a sense of self-worth that might help them think about being something beyond what they are used to be seeing in their immediate environment. In fact, technology is widely recognized as a portal to upward mobility, helping escape poverty.
Panama has the second-most unequal income distribution in Latin America and the sixth worldwide. This project aims to introduce and guide 100 youngsters into digital concepts and resources that will contribute to their studies and future job search, widening opportunities for better performance and quality employment. It will also motivate and make them aware of a range of possibilities to pursue studies in technological occupations and careers they might have not dared to consider before.