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Get Online Week 2012 in Moldova

The Alliance of Access to Information and Training Community Centres (AAITCC) was again the national partner for Get Online Week 2012 in Moldova. Seminars and practical workshops are in high demand in the Moldovan rural areas. Being close to beneficiaries and held at a convenient hour, this kind of training is seen as having the biggest impact in Moldova at present.

Traditionally, the community centres hold Open Doors Days on a regular basis. These are a sort of “soulful meetings” with graduates of training courses, as well as new beneficiaries of the telecentres. Community members were invited to a series of exciting activities during the Get online week. For instance, the public library from Crihana Veche, Cahul District has carried out a practical workshop to build capacities to work with the social networks Facebook and Skype.

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The Alliance of Access to Information and Training Community Centres  (AAITCC) was again the Moldovan national partner for Get Online Week 2012. The objective to reach about 5.050 people during the campaign’s week was achieved, as 5.321 Moldavians participated.

The campaign Get Online in Moldova was opened by the launch of the campaign’s blog and by the dissemination of a press release on the matter.

Overview of activities:

  • Inauguration of WI-FI networks
    Three WI-FI networks were inaugurated during the campaign at high schools in CalarashiStefan Voda and Larga (Briceni District). 
    „It is great to have the opportunity to use Internet everywhere in the school during the break”
     – Pinzari Natalia, 10th-form pupil
    “I use WI-FI to watch YouTube and to look for info on Google” – Batir Valentin 10th-form pupil;
    “I would like to know why the WI-FI network is secured by a password, I am curious why, otherwise, I like that I can access the Internet without spending money for mobile telephony“
     – Dolgotior Nicolae, 11th-form pupil.
  • Interviews and documentaries
    A number of interviews and documentaries were made and/or disseminated during the campaign about a wide range of topics: digital accessibility and inclusion, disabled people, Internet, WI-FI, ecological agriculture and issuing certificates for ecologically pure goods, public relations, social media, networks’ development, tourism, investment projects, optimization of the local public adminiatrstion through the use of ICT, etc. The AAITCC Alliance produced and disseminated 15 interviews and documentaries.
  • Open Doors Day at Telecentres
    Traditionally, the community centres hold Open Doors Days on a regular basis. These are a sort of “soulful meetings” with graduates of training courses, as well as new beneficiaries of the telecentres.
  • E-Learning
    The e-learning course „Safe Information Technologies” was held in Moldova from 31 January to 31 March 2012 on the Polish platform of international cooperation www.civicportal.org. This innovative for Moldova course was held with the support of the Polish Education for Democracy Foundation and enjoyed increased interest among the public. At the end of the course, the participants drafted and disseminated their final publications.
  • Web conferences
    Web conferences are very popular and represent an already traditional instrument in Moldova given that about 1 million Moldovans are abroad and they need to communicate with their parents, children, local institutions and authorities. Recently, this instrument has been implemented in schools being used to transfer good practices to a virtual classroom and to exchange experience and organizational development.
  • Blogs
    During the campaign the AAITCC Alliance created 5 blogs for: a non-governmental association, a populated area, a kindergarten, a primary school, a personal blog. They also continued to support logistically and ensure the management of the previously created blogs: blogs of associations of people with disabilities, community blogs, professional blogs etc.
  • Workshops
    Seminars and practical workshops are in high demand in the Moldovan rural areas. Being close to beneficiaries and held at a convenient hour, this kind of training is seen as having the biggest impact in Moldova at present. For instance, the public library from Crihana Veche, Cahul District has carried out a practical workshop to build capacities to work with the social networks Facebook and Skype, and Alumni Victor Koroli has launched a pilot project in Telenesti.
    Visiting the USA in March 2011 through the program Open Word, he was deeply impressed by the efficiency of the local public administration in Huntsville (Alabama). Back home, he launched a pilot project in Telenesti District supported by the US Embassy in Moldova, which is aimed at improving the quality of administrative documents of the local government. The problems the district is currently facing are caused mainly by poor communication between the secretaries of the local councils and the Territorial Office of the State Chancellery. To solve this problem, the project promoted IT solutions, with the participants in the project agreeing on the need to manage the administrative documents online. The involvement of the civil society in this project comes to enhance the degree of transparency and efficiency of the local public administration.
  • Contest of Photos, Videos & PowerPoints
    During the campaign, we launched the „Public’s choice” contest of photos, video records and powerpoint materials which enjoyed high attention among the participants. The results of the contest were:
    VIDEO CATEGORY
    » Economic simulation in Chiscareni –Titan game – Cristian Beţivu, Chiscareni (Sangerei).
    » What cutting-edge information technologies mean to me? – made by the AAITCC Alliance. The prize
    was awarded to the protagonist of the video record – Tatiana Goraş, the chairwoman of the Ialoveni
    Territorial Organization of the Society of Blind People of Moldova.
    » What the computer means to me? – made by the AAITCC Alliance. The prize was awarded to the
    protagonist of the video record – Igor Meriacre, the association MOTIVATIE from Moldova.
    » Internet makes you see life with other eyes… – made by the NGO TRINITAS and the AAITCC
    Alliance. A special prize was handed to the protagonists – the Bocancea family from Taraclia
    (Causeni District).
    PHOTO CATEGORY
    All three pictures (Picture A,Picture BPicture C) were taken by the NGO TRINITAS (Chisinau). A special prize was awarded to the protagonists – the Bocancea family from Taraclia (Causeni District). A special prize was awarded to Mrs Claudia Sandu from Dorotcaia (Dubasari District) for the picture Moldova, Let’s go to Europe!
    POWER POINT CATEGORY
    » Get Online – 2012! We get Moldova online together! – Veronica Chiforisin from Sarata Galbena
    (Hancesti District)
    » Library – key factor in acquiring information culture – Maria Cudlenco, public library from Crihana
    Veche (Cahul)
    » Taraclia – my beautiful and holly land… – Victoria Popescu from Taraclia (Causeni)
    » Let’s go online Moldova – Levinte Tatiana from Chisinau.
    The AAITCC Alliance of Moldova expresses sincere gratitude to the sponsors of this contest: AQA
    Logistic & Consulting, StarNet and NGO CONSULT-NORD from Pelinia, District Drochia
  • Dissemination of reports about the campaign
    Reports about the campaign Get Online Week in Moldova were taken over by: news agencies, news websites, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, umbrella associations, community centres, telecentres, public libraries, state-run institutions, enterprises, bloggers, communities and official sites of communities, schools, kindergarten, IT companies, projects, ethnic communities of the Moldovan diasporas. Information about the campaign was also disseminated people-to-people via letters sent by post and via such social networks as Youtube, Slideshare, Facebook, Trilulilu and Odnoklasniki etc.
  • Radio Programme
    On 11 April 2011, a radio programme was broadcasted on the radio station Vocea Basarabiei (Voice of Bessarabia), with participants summing up the results of the national campaign „Get Online 2012″ in Moldova. Good practices and experiences of telecentres were disseminated, collected during study visits to Romania and Serbia. The visits took place within the project „Overcoming the Digital Divide: Access for Rural Communities” – carried out with the support East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program of the Open Society Serbia, Soros Foundation Romania and Soros Foundation-Moldova. Special emphasis was laid on the involvement of the access to information and training community centres in the development of populated areas via information technologies.

» Download the complete report of Get Online Week 2012 in Moldova
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