ICT skills for migrant workers
Lack of facilities and unfamiliarity with the Internet are the major barriers for many migrant workers, of whom there are almost half a million in Qatar, mainly housed in labor accommodation. In addition, a leading barrier to ICT training among the transient labor force remains cost. However, a recent survey indicated that 84% of those surveyed were interested in participating in computer and Internet training programs. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is addressing this interest through a number of programs which include access to the iParks initiative with free Internet connectivity; development of computer rooms in labor accommodation; working with employers to improve training opportunities and developing content in their languages to facilitate understanding. Access via mobile devices will become increasingly popular and will be supported via the National Broadband Plan. Research has indicated that it is particularly important to support connecting with their families at home via modern technologies.
The Better Connections Program
The Better Connections Program is a practical implementation framework for providing ICT access within transient labor accommodation.
Be Smart and Learn
Be Smart and Learn includes a range of interactive learning modules to support digital inclusion of migrant workers and enabling implementation of the Better Connections Program.
Research, case studies and additional support tools.
- Case study – Free Wi-Fi access in public park supporting migrant workers
- Video - providing access to ICT within a migrant workers accommodation