The Intel® Easy Steps programs supports the Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign launched in March 2011 which aims to empower women from poor and marginalized communities in the Philippines through digital literacy training. To prepare for the campaign, a Lead Trainers' Training on the Intel® Easy Steps digital literacy course and resources was conducted from June 27 to July 1, 2011 at the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Laboratory in Quezon City.
The objective of the training was to train lead trainers for the Campaign who are tasked to deploy the Intel® Easy Steps digital literacy program to 240 other trainers for the said campaign, who will in turn train grassroots women in their respective areas.
A total of 26 lead trainers participated in the training, composed mostly of Regional Information Technology Coordinators of the National Computer Center and Managers of Community e-Centers (CeCs). The training familiarized the lead trainers of the PDLWC on the training curriculum of Intel® Easy Steps, covering five training modules on computers and operating system; internet and e-mail; word-processing; spreadsheets; and multi-media.
The goal of the campaign to reach 10,000 grassroots women within 2012. To date, trainers from member telecenters or community e-centers of the Philippine CeC Network (PhilCeCNet), have already reached more than 1,000 grassroots women. For information, see related story Tanauan LGU brings digital literacy to women.
The campaign in the Philippines is being spearheaded by the Philippine Community e-Center Network(PhilCeCNet), a national network of community telecenters who are providing ICT services in various communities in the country, in cooperation with the ICT Office of the Department of Science and Technology, NGOs, corporations and other stakeholders. The campaign is a part of a global campaign for women launched by the Telecentre Foundation.