Rural youth from Karakalpakstan embrace computer literacy

November 28, 2022
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On November 23-25, 2022, within the framework of the Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA and FAO “Unleashing young people’s and vulnerable citizens’ creativity and innovation by strengthening their adaptive capacity to address the economic and food insecurities in the exposed communities of the Aral Sea region", we improved ICT and technical digitalization knowledge in remote communities with focus on young people. This programme is funded by the UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region in Uzbekistan with the support of the Governments of Uzbekistan, Norway, the European Union, Finland, South Korea and the Alwaleed Philanthropies charity organization (Saudi Arabia). 

In the Bozatau and Muynak districts, trainings were held in the Youth Centers, and in the Kungrad district in the building of the Medical College.

Young specialists who had already been involved in IT and digitalization attended the trainings (10 people from each district, a total of 30 people).

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During the three days of the trainingyoung people learned more about: 

- General concepts of ICT and digitalization; 

- Web development tools, the creation and use of websites, and what you need to know to create websites;- The pilot projects on digitalization of remote communities carried out within the framework of the UNDP Joint Programme: 

  1. Creating a free Wi-Fi zone; 
  2. Installation of “Infokiosk” equipment on the basis of the post office; 
  3. Development and installation of an Electronic polyclinic platform in a multidisciplinary medical facility in the Bozatau district.

Also during the training, the participants found answers to their questions from UNDP experts on the digitalization of communities of the UNDP Joint Programme. 

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Additional information on the results of digitalization projects in remote communities under the UNDP Joint Programme

"Creating a free Wi-Fi zone"

Beneficiaries: VCC "Bozatau" (5473), "Aspantai" (1965), "Kuskhanatau" (41880), "Koksu" (3970) and "Erkindarya" (7243) of the Bozatau district, VCC "Ornek" (4720), "Jaslik" (4094), "Kanli" (5437), "Kungrad" (4480), "Kirik-kiz" (4114), "Turkistan" (5250) and "Jinishke" (4341) of the Kungrad district and VCC "Hakim-ata" (1604), "Kazakdarya" (4465) and "Madeli" (3149) of the Muynak district.

Total number of beneficiaries in 3 districts: 64,495 people 

Project duration: 2022

Target areas: Bozatau, Kungrad and Muynak

In order to expand the level of youth involvement in digitalization, a Joint Programme’s project provided free Internet access for residents of remote communities by creating a free W-Fi zones in the buildings of village municipality. 

All works on the installation of cables and equipment has been completed in the VCC buildings of the Bozatau, Kungrad and Muynak districts. 

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"Electronic polyclinic platform” 

Beneficiaries: Multidisciplinary Medical Policlinic of Bozatau district (22,839)

Project duration: 2022 

Target areas: Bozatau

In order to expand and improve the quality of medical services using modern digitalization tools, the Joint Programme’s project developed and installed an "Electronic Polyclinic platform" for remote use of medical facility services by remote communities and automation of the activities of a multidisciplinary medical facility in the Bozatau district.  

At the moment, all the necessary ICT equipment has been purchased, work has been carried out on the installation and implementation of the platform itself into the system of a medical facility. The staff of the medical institution and the population have already started to use the newly launched platform. 

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"Installation of «Infokiosk» equipment on the basis of a post office"

Beneficiaries: VCC "Erkindarya" (7243) of the Bozatau district; VCC "Kirik-kiz" (4114) of the Kungrad district; VCC "Kazakdarya" (4465) of the Muynak district

Total number of beneficiaries in 3 districts: 15,822 people 

Project duration: 2022

Target areas: Bozatau, Kungrad and Muynak

In order to expand the level of youth involvement in digitalization, as well as to provide residents of remote communities with access to public services, the Joint Programme initiated a project to purchase and install an interactive kiosk (Infokiosk) in post offices in the remote communities of target areas. Currently, the purchase of equipment has been carried out; the logistics company is engaged in the transportation of equipment to the destinations.

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