Telecentres bring the countries closer - Moldovan-Korean Center for Information and Access

The Moldovan-Korean Center for Information and Access was opened in August 2012 in Chisinau city, Moldova. The center represents the cooperation between National Information Society Agency from Korea and Ministry of Information Technologies from Moldova.

The Moldovan-Korean Center for Information and Access aims to create opportunities for access to information and training so that the general public and community of IT experts can take full advantage of new information technologies and to increase their IT readiness. In the same time the center helps to overcome the digital divide in Moldova and develop the information society. The center provides trainings for students and employees of the public sector. The center offers free access to internet and the part of guests who want to use computers are students.  The center organized in May 2013 the National Student Programming Contest where participants from 6 universities showed their abilities.

The Moldovan-Korean Center for Information and Access is just a step in cooperation between two countries. A telecentre from Alliance of Access to Information and Training Community Centers made a successful application to NIA. In July-August 2013, 4 students from Seoul city will come to Moldova to be volunteers in a telecentre from rural area and teach community members IT courses.  

The national Information Society Agency is active promoter of telecentres in different countries. More than 31 telecentres are already created by NIA. Each Center contains a training lab, an internet lounge, a seminar room, and an administrative office. State agencies are responsible for development of such telecentres.

Such telecentre, as it is in Moldova, has the mission not only to help to overcome the digital divide and develop the information society but also to bring closer the cooperation between two states. Similar telecentres are also opened in neighborhood countries Romania and Ukraine. 

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