Qatar Charity launches Microsoft’s Computer Science Week seminars
Qatar Charity hailed the success of its partnership with Microsoft in teaching the fundamentals of modern computing to Qatari mothers, orphaned children and users with special needs. The training seminars coincided with International Day for Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December, and were conducted by Microsoft Qatar, as part of its Computer Science Week initiative.
On 1 December, Microsoft’s trainers began with entry-level ICT training for children with mild disabilities. The session covered basics of a computer and other devices such as smartphones and tablets. Students received an overview of the main hardware components of a computer such as a mouse, keyboard as well as the Windows desktop before exploring Microsoft applications such as PowerPoint, Word and enjoyed using Microsoft Paint to create various sceneries including the Qatari Flag. Students received completion certificates with a printout of their paintings, at the end of the training seminar. Also covered was the Internet – what it is, how it works, and how to get the most out of it – and web services such as Bing search, Outlook email and calendar, Skype communication, and games such as Minecraft.
On 8 December, young orphaned students in Qatar received training in basic-level computer-coding, using the popular game Minecraft as a learning template. The Minecraft Hour of Code session, designed for ages six and older, by Microsoft and Code.org, taught participants to create their own Minecraft experience. The session allowed young people to grasp fundamental concepts such as object-oriented programming, event handlers and loops, vital building blocks in commercial software engineering.
On 22 December, Microsoft conducted awareness training for Qatari mothers, to help them keep their children safe on the Internet. Internet Security and Child Safety Training focused on privacy and safe web-browsing, and included a rundown of the risks and how to address them. Microsoft also made a number of recommendations to attendees on general computer protection.