The national Computers for Schools #Welcome Refugee project wrapped up at the end of December .We are very proud to have participated in the Government of Canada’s initiative to support Syrian refugees as they settle into life in Canada. Access to technology and the internet is necessary for all Canadians in order to participate in our society and economy. We are happy to announce that we delivered 957 computers to Syrian refugee families across Alberta in 2016. ACFS would like to thank all of our partners, donors, settlement agencies , volunteers and technicians who helped us to make it possible.
TELUS just announced launch a low-cost internet pilot program in Alberta. Alberta Computers for Schools will be involved in the project that will help close to 15 000 families get internet access and refurbished computers! Check out the article here: http://about.telus.com/community/english/news_centre/news_releases/blog/2016/11/24/telus-launches-internet-for-good-pilot-to-support-15000-alberta-families
With support from Industry Canada, Computers for Schools offers a Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP), which provides Alberta youth between the ages of 15-30 with practical work experience to ease the transition between education and employment. We provide about 20-26 weeks of work experience for approximately 10 youth at any given time. Students gain supervised, hands-on experience developing the following technical skills: • Erasing, formatting, installing and testing hard drives and software • Using diagnostic tools and software • Safely dismantling computers for salvageable parts • Preparing e-waste for shipping to certified recycles Practical workplace skills: • Teamwork • Project Management • Time management To participate in the TWEP program you must meet the following criteria: • between 15 and 30 years of age (at intake) • have demonstrated skills achievement at the post secondary level-this means that you must have more than a high school diploma • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person who has been granted refugee status in Canada • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
CFSC has been coordinating the efforts of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) in delivering 7,500 refurbished computers to Syrian refugees in Canada. The Computers for Schools program was just awarded a medal from Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (IRCC) for its support and involvement in the humanitarian efforts to welcome and resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. Congratulations to our CFS colleagues and partners across the country for making this very important project a success. Through Computers for Success Canada (CFSC), RCT was happy to assist CultureLink in providing one free laptop computer to more than 150 Syrian families over the past four months and will continue to support them by delivering computers until the project ends. This is an example of just one of over 31 partnerships RCT has forged with organizations across Ontario to ensure that Syrian Families have everything they need to succeed in a digital age. You can help by donating computers to the Alberta Computers For Schools Program.