November 10th, 2016 - Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is pleased to announce the launch of DOT Jordan today in Amman.
Canadian social enterprise Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the Kingdom of Jordan’s Ministry of ICT, has launched a significant youth initiative in Jordan. DOT will support young people as they create entrepreneurship, social impact and employment opportunities for themselves and other young people in their communities, overcoming barriers to employment to pursue alternative career options.
In Amman, Jordan, Minister of ICT, Majd Shweikeh, and Mr. Peter MacDougall, Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, as well as senior Jordanian government officials attended the launch of DOT Jordan, reinforcing their support for DOT’s work in the country.
DOT Jordan is equipping youth with the entrepreneurial, technology and social innovation skills to create and apply digital solutions that solve pressing challenges and start new businesses that create jobs. DOT Jordan will transform community centers into vibrant Digital Creativity Labs that will offer digital skills development programming to women and youth. The Labs will use digital tools to advance youth-led innovation, research, and positive community change.
In his Speech from the Throne at Jordan’s opening Parliamentary session on November 6th, His Majesty King Abdullah II stated that Jordan is “equally determined to develop our human resources to meet today’s challenges and empower our youth to realise their aspirations.”
DOT Jordan will contribute to these goals and those of REACH2025, the national technology action plan. REACH2025 will position Jordan as a regional technology hub – ultimately addressing the country’s priorities to reduce youth unemployment and promote sustainable economic growth.
The launch of DOT Jordan, supported by Global Affairs Canada through the Digital Livelihoods project, is a demonstration of Canada's commitment to the stability of Jordan through economic and social development collaboration.
DOT’s innovative approach to international development places youth at the center of change as they create opportunities for themselves and others, and transform their communities. DOT Founder and CEO Janet Longmore shares, “DOT is delighted to be renewing its commitment to Jordan and its young women and men in such an important Middle East hub, and friend of Canada. The talent, innovation and energy of Jordanian youth will be a major contributor to Jordan’s sustainable economic growth and digital future.”
Learn more about DOT Jordan here
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