WiRED recently expanded its partnership with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (www.aft.org) in June 2005 by launching a new computer lab in Iraq. Through this partnership, WiRED outfitted the Iraqi Teacherís Union (ITU) with computer equipment and is now providing a complete training course for ITU officials.
The training will be ongoing, and will teach ITU officials how to use and integrate information technology into their organizational structures. Next, WiRED and the AFT are discussing a more extensive program of WiRED-directed workshops to train teachers on information technology.
Although this project is beyond the usual scope of WiREDís programs, it fulfills WiREDís mission to apply information technology to community development, healthcare and education in developing and post-conflict regions. WiRED was in a position to help facilitate the installation of this new Center for the AFT. Promoting education is a principal way that WiRED can positively impact the lives of the Iraqi people by providing teachers with vital computer skills.
WiRED has worked with the AFT in Sierre Leone since 2003, when the two organizations installed a computer training lab in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Freetown. WiRED hopes to expand the partnership further by working with the AFT on a nursing training program in Iraq. The AFT currently facilitates programs to train nurses in the U.S.
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