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ORT-KesherNet Center, Polotsk

The ORT-KesherNet Centre in Polotsk for information and communication technologies began its operations in 2008. It is housed in a municipal secondary school. The main impact of the centre is improving the social and economic status of socially vulnerable segments of the population by providing training for professional work with new information technologies. The centre‚Äôs target audience includes unemployed women, disabled people, young people and elderly people. Members of the Jewish community access the centre. KesherNet is a joint project of World ORT and Project Kesher. 

Name of Center ORT-KesherNet Center
Location Polotsk/Belarus
Age range Preschool, Elementary, Adult education and training
Students 170
Teachers 2


The centre offers the following courses:

Computer Literacy

This course covers the basics of PC hardware and software, working with Microsoft Windows operating system, and editing documents in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Excel

This course covers inputting and editing of data, formatting of sheets and cells, and working with functions and formulae.


This course covers web browsers, e-mail, Skype, instant messaging services and internet security.

Microsoft Word

This course provides students with the basic skills necessary for working with Microsoft Word, such as creating, editing and saving documents.

ICT for Beginner Entrepreneurs

This course teaches prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners the basics of ICT which they will require for work purposes. The curriculum is developed by Microenterprise Acceleration Institute (MEA-I) in cooperation with Hewlett Packard.

Training to work with laptop

Basic course on the study of differences between laptops from desktops, training to work on with the touch pad and keyboard, function keys, and a combination thereof, attached peripheral devices, and the design of notebooks Lenovo G585.

Microsoft PowerPoint

The course includes the study of the interface, layout and design of slides, the animation settings, the final design of the presentation.

"Computer for Life"

The course is developed by ORT-SPb Vocational Training Centre and experts of ORT-Yekaterinburg Vocational Training Centre with aim to help aged people to study basics of IT and adapt to life in digital society.   

This course consists of three modules:

Module 1 "Medical Passport" (18 hours). 

1) Make an appointment to see a doctor. Online expert advice.

2) Search for media resources on medical subjects. Search for medical services. Search medicines. Online pharmacy.

3) Journal of doctor visits. Archives of Medical Research in Excel.

4) Scanning documents.

Module 2: Electronic finance (18 hours)

1) Register on the portal of public services

2) The tax debt, penalties.

3) Electronic payments. Electronic wallets. Online store.

4) Electronic family budget. Family financial calculations in spreadsheets.

Module 3: Information flows (18 hours)

1) Collection of news from all sites in one place.

2) Search, download and use a variety of file formats for electronic books.

3) Exchange of large information flows.