Transforming 4000 lives thru technology Venezuela

by SUPERATEC A.C.
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SUPERATEC-CDI NETWORK OF CENTERS ENSURES ITS GROWTH IN VENEZUELA

The work of Superatec - CDI for the overcoming of the people in Venezuela continues, at the end of the first period (January thru May) 2016 achievements are already materialized.  Courses and workshops seeking the training and development of integrated citizens, have been accepted by individuals and communities. The network of centers, is divided into three large zones of the country: Metropolitan area, Central and Western states and are formed by 19 training centers. The constant work of the managers of each venue, has brought as a result, the emergence of a wide range of workshops, which provide the human, technological and work training of the participants, with more than 1.500 youngsters formed so far this year, which have had the opportunity to meet the digital world with courses in basic, intermediate and advanced computing, technical support for PC’s and laptops, application of Windows and Office tools, also workshops in Assertiveness, Financial Education, Micro-Entrepreneurs, The Magic of Service, Writing, Spelling, Englih as a second language, among many others.   

The challenges and goals do not stop, this year we estimate a greater consolidation within the communities, universities, schools and new partnerships to strengthen the values of overcoming, solidarity, responsibility and integrity of Superatec-CDI and finally total adaptation to the new Venezuelan society, this confirm that Superatec-CDI is an organization convinced in the transformation of the lives of people and communities.

Learning how to fix a laptop
Learning how to fix a laptop
Youngsters in computing course
Youngsters in computing course
Magdayisell in computer classes
Magdayisell in computer classes

Since the beginning of operations in 2002, SUPERATEC have trained more than 24.000 people in their 19 community centers in Venezuela.  About 60% of these students are young women from low income areas, who have reached significant changes in their lives, such as empowerment, increased self-esteem, development of their life project; and increased appreciation for educationand hard work, to get better economic conditions for them and their families. There are plenty stories of young women that changed their lives, through studies, looking for future filled with promise, hopefulness, new projects, and optimism.

One of such stories is that of Magdayisell. A 28 year old woman from a little town of Venezuela, who in 2010 arrived to Caracas with her small boy hoping to find a job. After encountering many obstacles she decided to enroll in the Petare’s SUPETRATEC center.

Through this program she was able to learn technological tools that enhanced her knowledge, and, at the end of the program, she was offered to the opportunity to enter the SUPERATEC”s Job Bank in order to postulate herself for various employment options with our partner organizations.

Nowadays, Magdayisell is the manager of Petare’s SUPERATEC center, where she works training other youngsters. “This program had a great impact on me. It filled me with motivation, not only to improve myself but also to help others. It was a domino effect because I also convinced my family to enroll: my parents, my husband, my son, and even his grandparents went and studied the program, and this has filled my heart with joy”. “These training not only provides education, but also give you practical tools you can later use in your job. One of my dreams was to go to the university, and thanks to SUPERATEC this year I’ll graduate as Superior Technician in Administration. My next goal will be getting licensed. Of course we can progress and demonstrate to ourselves that we can do it!” Magdayisell said with conviction.

Petare Slum, Caracas Venezuela
Petare Slum, Caracas Venezuela

When we got there, we could feel the positive atmosphere, the music, and the children playing and running throughout the festive morning. A dream was coming true, one that was long awaited by the Jose Felix Ribas community, located in the largest slum in Latin America Petare Municipality,: The inauguration of the Community Center Petra Lopez.

After 3 months of planning, a group of volunteers from the CIMA Association, joined by community leaders, neighbors, and private organizations, built a space to benefit and be used by all children, youth, and adults in an area where the estimated habitants are 130.000. They invited SUPERATEC to join forces and open a new digital inclusion center, and start operations there.

In this initial phase, after training the coordinator and teachers, we aim to service 200 people during the last 3 months of 2015 through our Training Programs consisting of 120 hours of human development, technology and employment sessions, so they can later enroll in the Job Bank, to obtain their first job or, if they prefer, they can also obtain counseling to develop a small business. In this way participants are able to financially contribute with their homes or achieve economic independence.

 Dayerli, one of the participants, could not hide her excitement to begin computer and music classes: “this is the first time it is offered here in Jose Felix, my mom and dad are going to let me be part of this. 

Thanks to our contributors and supporters it is possible to continue providing this service.

Comunitary Center Petra Lopez
Comunitary Center Petra Lopez
In classes
In classes
Certification
Certification

In an emotional event celebrated at a Caracas auditorium, 250 people, including youth and adults trainees from SUPERATEC centers, were certified for completion of the Entrepreneurial Program in Digital Editing and Technical Support, the Administration and Service Program, the Micro Entrepreneurial Program, and the Digital Inclusion courses.

Family members, social investors, board members, and staff from the organization attended the event. A panel of alumni from the centers of Las Mayas, Antimano, Petare and Catia, shared with the public their testimonies and highlighted how SUPERATEC has positively changed their lives.

Volunteers and donors like yourself were recognized as a fundamental part of the organization, facilitating the completion of activities at the training centers. Carlos, a SUPERATEC participant, added the musical note to the activity with a moving performance, and a group of female alumni shared their dance talents.

SUPERATEC is a Venezuelan non-profit organization founded in 2002 that provides technological training and opportunities for self-development to youngster and adults from underserved communities as a tool for life.  SUPERATEC is built on three pillars: education, technology and entrepreneurism.

Our main program is the PFS which is a 120 hours of training program (66 hours of technology, 34 hours of human development and 20 hours of job skills). The ultimate goal is to provide youth and adults with professional skills for a successful inclusion in the job market or entrepreneurism.

The Job Bank is our main catalyst of change, since we place our students in a formal job in companies that offer them the opportunity to continue their personal and professional advancement. Over the years we have experienced our alumni enhance their lives now holding positions as Department Heads or Managers. But most important for us is the feedback of their families when they share their testimonies on how the SUPERATEC`s program impacted their lives.

SUPERATEC considers that everyone has the potential to be a Change Maker. We look to build up our existing network into a multi-tier community of people; as part of this process, we seek to link up with organizations who will work with us to broaden our reach and help us offer more opportunities to the many people who remain digitally excluded. 

Participants
Participants
Particpant
Particpant

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Certification ceremony (Petare)
Certification ceremony (Petare)

Monica A. is a young student at SUPERATEC’s training center in Cagua. After completing the SUPERATEC’s 160 hours training program she shared the following testimony:

My experience in SUPERATEC has been excellent. It made me grow up as a person and was an important step towards my professional development. This experience provided me an opportunity to get to know valuable people such as SUPERATEC’s team. This experience has been one of the most rewarding I’ve ever had. It has been very inspiring because I realized how many valuable people there is in my country. Being in SUPERATEC has been for me like a renaissance in all the ways

Even though our country is going through difficult times, SUPERATEC does not stop growing and striving to transform lives through technology.

We are happy to announce that SUPERATEC is about to inaugurate two new digital inclusion centers in Maracaibo, State of Zulia, which is the second most populated city in Venezuela. At the same time, SUPERATEC is about to initiate a project aimed to open one more digital before the end of this year. With these three new centers SUPERATEC is now two steps from our significant milestone of 20 centers in Venezuela.

On the last two weeks of April SUPERATEC held four certification ceremonies for 147 people who completed the SUPERATEC´s 120 hours training program. Besides, during the first quarter of the current year, 1172 people attended courses on technology as a tool for life offered by SUPERATEC-CDI network.

 

SUPERATEC is also updating its main training program in order to fulfill the expectations and needs of our beneficiaries and to meet the job market’s current reality. Following the suggestions collected from our students, the SUPERATEC’s 160 hours training program has been reduced to 120 hours. It was also reorganized and renewed by incorporating training modules on entrepreneurship in order to provide the students with basic tools for self-employment or for initiating a micro business on activities related to technology, such as technical support for PC’s and digital editions.

Thanks to donors like you, even in difficult times, SUPERATEC keeps growing and innovating in order to serve better our beneficiaries.

Testimonies
Testimonies
Digital inclusion Center (Maracaibo)
Digital inclusion Center (Maracaibo)
Our students
Our students
Certification ceremony
Certification ceremony
 

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SUPERATEC A.C.

Location: Caracas, Distrito Capital - Venezuela
Website: http:/​/​www.superatec.org.ve/​
Project Leader:
Marianella Vegas
Project Manager
Caracas, Distrito Capital Venezuela

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