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Du Courses

The organization design ad hoc courses to spread the benefit of technologies in disadvantaged contexts

Introduction to Computer Basics (ICB )

The Foundation’s core learning path is the Introduction to Computer Basics course  (ICB). In 2003 the curriculum was created to help e-illiterate people become acquai ...

Advanced Courses

The Advanced Courses were introduced in 2018 as part of ST Foundation’s available learning paths. In 2020, the organization initiated both an update and an upgrade of thes ...

Tablet Senior course (T4S)

The Tablet For Seniors Course (T4S) aims to address the rising IT usage needs among the elderly. The project was designed especially for the aging European population, who w ...

Tablet for Kids

In 2015, the ST Foundation created a new computer course for children between 9 to 13 years old. The course was designed taking into consideration the audience’s different ...

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Organized Computer Courses

Local Communities & Volunteering

STMicroelectronics volunteers are key to the DU Program

How can you become a volunteer?

 

ST employees who want to dedicate some of their spare time to our activities are welcome to join. We will decide together how you can best support our program.

Work with Us

The Foundation cooperates with many nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities, public organizations etc., that share our passion to make a difference fighting against the digital divide

Sierra Leone

"Sierra Leone is a very poor country, and people here, even though they have been to school, cannot use or buy a computer. And the situation is even worse with the Internet, which is so expensive. Thanks to this course, I could come closer to technology. It took me to another level in the world of computers. Now I can communicate and use the Internet effectively and efficiently. The ICB program has positively impacted my nation and me at large. Even the poor people can now approach a PC, and it's free of cost." Sheku, Methodist secondary school.

Senegal

"I will use my new skills to help others as the Foundation has done with me because I understood that the training I attended is the key to opening the world's door. It's the new "pen" to write our future. I will propose to my friends to take this chance the Foundation offers us because computers not only have become the pens of the new millennium, but they are a tool to communicate with the world". Tadjidine, Gueultapee.

Democratic Republic of Congo

"During the ICB course, I have touched a computer for the first time. Before this experience, my eyes were closed. Now, I can "see." I will suggest to my friends to attend this course because there are so many changes in today's world and most of them pass through technology, so if you want to keep the pace, you need to know it. Children have to leave the roads where they roam all day long to attend school. If we can be helped, we have to use this possibility". Mathieu, Kalundu .

Burundi

"The digital divide can be defined as a paralysis, preventing you from doing many tasks. When I started the ICB course, I was a bit bewildered in front of this new world I was discovering for the first time, as I come from the countryside. I gave my best to stay concentrated, and I felt in heaven. I learned a lot, and even my friends were surprised by my test results after the course. I will try to use my new skills to help others. In this moment, my dream is to have a PC to teach my siblings what I have learned and improve my skills on the tool that I call my GOOD FUTURE." Gervais, Gitega, LTCR.

Philippines

"Probably, attending the ICB course was one of the most interesting experiences I had in my life. I learned that computers can be powerfully used in everyday busy lives for almost all purposes. Proudly now, I can say that I am one of those people who are already familiar with digital technology. I can use the acquired skills for everything, and they can make life easy. I feel blessed to have this knowledge, and I suggest to my friends to attend this course. In this way, we can address the Digital Divide Phenomenon by educating them. We can be unified in a digital world of technology, reaching all those people who are NOT YET familiar with this subject. I can't explain further. I just want to say that it is SO IMPORTANT to learn." Jeremiah, Antipolo lab.

Morocco

"Thank you for giving me the chance to attend the ICB course at the Fondation Orient-Occident lab. I thank the trainer and the staff who did their best to deliver the course in the best way. During this month, I had the opportunity to learn more about computers. The skills I acquired will be important for implementing my upcoming projects. Thus, the time, attention, and interest you have kindly devoted to me will not be lost. They have given me the curiosity to go on learning. Please accept the expression of my highest consideration with all my gratitude." Arafan, Fondation Orient Occident.

Malaysia

"Before attending the ICB course, I didn't know how to use a computer. Now I'm satisfied with what I have learned, and I want to know more. I can use the Excel Worksheet to compute my monthly salary, overtime, etc., I can send emails to my friends. I recommend it to all my Nepalese colleagues as they cannot attend external classes in Muar due to their working hours." Samir, ST Contract Worker.

India

"When I joined this course, I was told that I would have learned how to use a computer. When I completed it, I realized that I had learned a lot. Now I know how to type, use the Internet, send emails, and use office tools. I hope to find a job more easily anywhere with my new skills, particularly in the computers field. As a matter of fact, I will have a better future by having this knowledge." Deepak, IRMA-India" 02nd DU lab, Orissa.

Italy

"The digital divide to me is the impossibility of achieving that deeper knowledge that computer knowledge can offer. Through the course, I had the possibility of learning all those skills that I hope will be helpful for my future, especially to find a better job once I go back to normal life." Matteo – Verziano Prison (Brescia).

France

"During the ICB course, I learned many things such as what a computer, keyboard, or mouse are and how to use them. Now I can create a folder, classify files and do my math homework on Excel sheets. Besides these practical skills, I have learned not to be afraid of the computer but handle it well". Mireille." Secours Catholiques

China

"I found the ICB course interesting, useful, and practical. I learned a lot of things I had never understood before. The Internet world was too vast and mysterious to me, but now I had the chance to get more information and knowledge on it and its potential. I will use what I studied in my daily life to carry on my personal tasks." Liu, Shenzhen Charity Foundation

South Sudan

“The ICB course was the very first informatics class I attended. There are other options nearby but they do not offer free education. Moreover the equipment I used was amazing and the set-up of the lab was perfect: free internet, PCs, a big screen. With these tools the learning was definitely easy. I learned new skills that will help me in using internet to make my research and in sending job applications via email. I would recommend to my friends to join the courses because, not only, it’s free of charge, but also because in only 10 days you can really understand how to use a PC in a simple way.” Yohana, St. Mary’s College “I would suggest to all my friends to attend the ICB course because it can help you in understanding how to use a PC and then when you can manage these new skills, it seems like the globe is in your hands, since you know what is happening around the world.” Noel, Torit Day Secondary school.

Congo Brazzaville

“When I attended the ICB course I knew nothing on how to use a computer. But I was in any case curious about all the potentialities that this tool can offer. Now I’m totally independent whenever I have to use it and I hope that the new skills I have acquired can offer me better chances to find jobs where I live.” Daniel, Vouela “ I have always been a little bit scared of computers because for me, only few months ago, they were only mysterious boxes capable of doing many things that I wasn’t even able to understand. Now I can manage them and they have become my best friends able to help me in carrying on the daily tasks of my life.” Laurisse, Makoua

Bolivia

“The ICB course I attended was interesting and it gave me the possibility of increasing my skills in the use of Word, Excel and especially PowerPoint. Now I can use these tools to prepare my homework and to expose them to the class.” Samantha, Hogar Don Bosco “The course I attended was good. I’ve learned a lot of new subjects and I will use them first of all at school, for my personal needs and later on to go to university. I would like to suggest to my friends to participate too, since the future is in advanced technologies and you need to know how to use them.” Alejandro – Hogar Don Bosco

Brazil

“To attend the ICB course was a good experience for me. When I started, I couldn’t even turn on a computer, write an email, or search for something on the internet. The course opened the doors on an amazing and fun world. I like to be able to use Facebook or to do researches that only few weeks ago were only in my dreams, since I cannot travel or attend schools. The panic I used to have in front of a computer has disappeared and I am very grateful for the free help I received.” Dália Marina, Jesus Cristo Ressuscitado “I found the ICB course a good experience where I had the chance to learn how to use a computer, with its key tools like Excel and Word. The teachers were well prepared and ready to help us. Now I’m ready to study more advanced topics.” Paulo Henrique, Jesus Cristo Ressuscitado

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