Supporting Youths and Promoting their Technology Skills

Supporting Youths and Promoting their Technology Skills

Consistent with its strategy to promote new technologies and to support efforts made by youths during their studies, OTE in 2010 implemented a series of actions intended to inform and familiarise the public with the Internet and especially with the broadband services, specifically:

  • Gave the opportunity to 907 students (compared to 693 in 2009) to complete their studies through internships in a modern work environment at OTE, in cooperation with the academic community and the public bodies (e.g. OAED schools).
  • 1,745 students (compared to 2,207 in 2009) were employed at call centres, of which 350 are members of large or single parent families.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, OTE offered free ‘Conn-x’ broadband connections to excelling undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    Specifically, OTE awarded the five students scoring the highest marks in the entrance examinations for admission to every university course, as well as to the five top-ranking students of every course of every academic year or semester, who achieved academic excellence during the academic year 2009-2010, by offering them the ‘Conn-x for Students’ at 2 Mbps, as well as the necessary equipment, free of charge.
  • Continued and extended until 2015, jointly with COSMOTE (AMC) and ROMTELECOM, the support provided to the Scholarship Programme of the American Farm School of Thessalonica. This sponsorship-institution gives, on an annual basis, 3 different students from South-East Europe (Greece, Albania and Romania) the opportunity to receive a high standard of education at the ‘Dimitris Perotis’ College, in fields such as agro-tourism, the food industry and environmental protection.
  • OTE awarded with a scholarship, for the third consecutive year, two post-graduate students with excellent academic performance of the Department of Banking and Financial Administration of the University of Piraeus, for the academic year 2009-2010.
  • Expanded its cooperation with the Adolescent Health Unit (AHU) of the 2nd Department of Paediatrics, Athens University, at the ‘P. & A. Kyriakou’ Children’s Hospital aiming to implement an integrated program fostering information/awareness and education among the public and primarily children, teenagers and their parents, on the safe and responsible use of the Internet. The programme also involves visits by AHU scientific associates to more than 120 schools in Athens and the periphery over a two-year period to inform 20,000 pupils on Internet safety issues, the organisation of conferences in 20 municipalities throughout Greece, the organisation of seminars for teachers, employees and their families etc.
  • Supported, for the seventh consecutive year, the Pan-Hellenic School Contest ‘LISIAS,’ which has become a well-established institution under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Life-long Learning and Religion, that is organised by ‘Douka’ School and conducted through the Internet, offering knowledge and entertainment through the use of technology.

    OTE offered Conn-x broadband connections to the winners, as well as providing technical/material infrastructure, for the duration of the contest.
  • For the 2nd consecutive year, OTE sponsored the Pan-Hellenic Information Technology Competition, by offering the 50 winners of the competition’s first phase the popular Conn-x package for broadband internet access. The competition, which is organised by the Hellenic Association of IT Scientists and Professionals (EPY) and is under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Life-long Learning and Religion and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, has as its primary goal to cultivate the computing knowledge of students.
  • The ‘Computer Re-Use Programme’ spanning the entire country was continued for the 5th year, promoting the reuse of computers and other technological equipment, by offering 55 PCs (compared to 106 in 2009) to schools and different bodies performing social work.