Turkish gov't to boost computer literacy


The Turkish government is planning to establish Public Information Centers in order to increase internet and computer literacy, Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said yesterday.

"The citizens will be provided with free training on how to use the internet under this project," he said. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Minister Arslan said that the Directorate General for Communications and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (TBB) have signed a protocol to establish these public information centers.

"These centers will be an important step towards creating a more informed society," the minister said.

Arslan stressed that these investments will facilitate each and every citizen's access to information and communication technologies, overcoming the digital divide between different regions in the process.

He said to achieve that goal the government has implemented different projects for disadvantaged groups, while building information, communication and educational infrastructure under "universal services."

"We are constantly working to install fixed and mobile communication infrastructures as well as internet connections in remote areas and rural police stations," Arslan said, adding that classes on information technology have also been introduced in close to 20,000 schools under the Ministry of National Education (MEB).

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