DU is active in Tunisia since 2005 and counts on four operational labs which have been equipped with laptops, printer, web cam and scanner. DU teachers have completed their training under the guidance of ST Tunisia voluntary ICBF (Informatics and Computer Basics Facilitation) trainers.
The labs of Jendouba and Bou-Salem are located in the North-west of Tunisia. They have been set up in cooperation with the association Anciens des Lycées Liberté et 9 Avril 1938. They spearhead the ICB (Informatics and Computer Basics) program to pupils, students, unemployed persons or administration employees with good results. The Program is often followed by the local press, which allows visibility and encourages participation.
In the South of the country, in Gafsa, the partner for the launch of the DU Program has been the Club UNESCO ALESCO which is an association sharing UNESCO values and also involved in environmental and social projects in its area. Students, particularly girls, are recipients of computer literacy classes here. Since its setup in November 2007, this lab has trained more than 530 participants.
Another partnership with UNESCO ALESCO was more recently launched in the town of Sidi Bouzid.
Computer skills have enabled former participants with a DU certificate to have a better chance of finding a job, particularly in public administration. Those who already have a computer at home have also profited from the training.
The Foundation’s computer literacy course is provided in French and explanations are at times provided by local trainers in Arab to make the course easier for a Tunisian audience. Outside course hours, trainees also benefit from access to the Computer Training Center and the Internet.
DU Tunisia reached over 4200 beneficiaries as of December 2011.
The commitment of ST volunteers and the dedication and motivation of students and partners will bring to the further expansion of the program in other cities, notably in the poorest areas of Tunisia.
Video: An ICB session in Tunisia
Video: ST Foundation staff in Tunisia.
This video was prepared by one of STF local partners, the association Anciens des Lycées Liberté et 9 Avril 1938, and shows an ICB course taking place at the lab of Bou-Salem.