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Steven Ballmer hands out Computer training Certificates in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, April 23rd 2007- Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, this morning presented trainees in Amsterdam with awards for successfully completing their pc-training. Participants in the project named ‘Computerwijk’ (PC-village) are mainly non-native Dutch women and elderly people. They had no prior experience with computers and for many the certificate presents their first diploma ever. Ballmer congratulated them in gaining access to the digital world.
‘Computerwijk’ started in 2005, teaching inhabitants of the western part of Amsterdam with no computer knowledge. Aim of the project is to get acquainted with the vast possibilities the computer presents. Access to the digital world means better prospects for work, education en communication. Without it, being part of society will be difficult if not nearly impossible.
The project is seamlessly linked to efforts by the Netherlands’ government to reinvigorate city quarters, to educate and thus for the inclusion of people that may otherwise be left behind. The computer training is offered at 18 different locations in Amsterdam by 80 volunteers. Thus far, almost two thousand certificates were presented.
Microsoft in the Nederlands supports the project by donating software and money. ‘But Microsoft can also provide advice and support’, says Dick Glastra van Loon, Computerwijk project manager. ‘Recently, a Microsoft employee taught internet safety to our teachers. They also advise us in how to remain successful in the future’.
Ballmer on Computerwijk: ‘This program demonstrates how the right training can enable people with no prior technical experience to gain the skills they need to participate in the knowledge economy. It’s also a great example of how companies and governments can work together to create opportunities and improve technology access for people who haven’t been part of the information age before.
The Microsoft CEO presented a surprise gift to ‘Computerwijk’: 10 brand new pc’s with Windows Vista.
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