Lebanese Minister of Communication Marwan Hamadeh, Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Nayla Mouawad and UNESCWA Executive Secretary Mervat Tallawy will launch the E-Caravan project for South Lebanon during a press conference at 11:00am Wednesday, 18 January 2006, at the UN House, Beirut. The project is implemented in cooperation with “Fondation Saradar”.
The press conference will bring together a quorum of diplomatic and media figures, representatives of UN agencies in Lebanon, in addition to representatives of the private and public sectors as well as regional and international organizations.
The E-Caravan is a fully equipped mobile computer school that roams clusters of villages introducing the world of Information Technology (IT) to communities of the formerly occupied region in South Lebanon. Competent trainers are expected to train around 1,660 people in the course of around 1,248 projected training sessions per year. The E-Caravan is equipped with a network of ten PCs with flat screens, one laser printer, one LCD projector with screen, two satellite connection modems, and other accessories. The E-Caravan also has a ramp that will provide easy access for disabled persons. The content of the different training sessions is based on the needs of the target population. The courses range from ones specifically for beginners to courses for future trainers. The project is implemented in partnership with concerned private companies and in close collaboration with municipal councils, existing local and international organizations and UN agencies.