At least 10,000 migrant workers are likely to get free Internet with the first phase of implementation of the “Better Connections Programme” of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar).
The ministry, with the help of other stakeholders, is expected to set up 25 computer rooms at labour compounds across Qatar in the next three to six months.
These rooms will be equipped with computers, the Internet and other supporting infrastructure, where the workers will be able to use these devices to get information and communicate with their friends and family members.
At each compound, a certain number of migrant workers will be selected and trained to become ‘Digital Inclusion Champions’, who will later pass on the knowledge to colleagues.
Content is available in migrant workers’ native languages such as Hindi, Nepali and Bangla. RAF will source, prepare and donate computers to be installed at ICT facilities in workers’ compounds.
The employers will set up rooms and Microsoft Qatar will provide the software, while charity organisations will help in training and provide other kinds of required support.
The contractors who signed MoUs include HBK Contracting, Bin Omran Trading & Contracting, Joannou & Paraskevaides, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and China Harbour Engineering. Implementation on contractors’ sites starts immediately and will be based on individually agreed-upon plans between contractors and partners involved in the delivery of equipment and training.
Source : Peninsula Qatar