Enabling Boat: The meaningful project for the coastal youth empowerment

17:51 | 23/06/2017 Information Technology

(VEN) - The aim is to support disadvantaged youth in the coastal area to get access to ICT, adapting to the digital era, improving livelihoods as well as increasing awareness about marine conservation, Microsoft Vietnam, Center for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD) are launching the project “Enabling Boat” on June 23 rd in Quang Ninh.

Microsoft and MCD launched enabling boat project

It is expected that 150 local trainers and NGO staff will be engaged in TOT training; 200 youth will be trained and at least 2000 people will be benefited through training and awareness raising events. Moreover, 50,000 community members will be provided with access to information and learning opportunities via various communication campaigns.

Mr. Hoang Danh Son, Deputy Director of Department of Planning and Investment of Quang Ninh shared: "The purpose of the project is perfectly suited to human resource development in Quang Ninh province, encouraging and promoting to society approach and application of IT not only for urban areas but also for disadvantaged youth in the coastal areas. This will be the premise to help young people when they have been seeking opportunities for start-ups, improving the quality of life”.

Furthermore, Ms. Nguyen Thu Hue, MCD director emphasized: “Using the boat as a symbol of learning facility which is familiar with livelihoods of the coastal community, we would like to promote a proactive approach tailored to the local youth. We believe that by experiencing training courses and events with the enabling boat, the youth will be inspired to overcome challenges and strive for their brighter future.”

“With a strong commitment to bring the benefit of technology to everyone, Microsoft initiated this special community and calling for joined effort from NGOs, enterprises, local government stakeholders. Through the awareness raising and capacity building activities, the project is expected to bring brighter future for coastal beneficiaries in Quang Ninh province and the model will hopefully be replicated to other similar areas in the country” shared by Mrs. Le Thi Hong Nhi, Microsoft Philanthropies Lead

In 2017, the project will target the local youth of the resettled fishing villages, and others who live in remote coastal areas

without much access to learning facilities. The project is jointly implemented by a group of diverse partners working

toward the benefit of the coastal community. Key activities include ICT & computer sciences training, organizing

events to raise awareness about marine conservation, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation.

Nguyen Chi