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ORT-KesherNet Centre, Tula

The ORT-KesherNet Center in Tula for information and communication technologies began its operations in 2002. It is housed in Tula’s Jewish community centre. The main aim of the centre is to improve the social and economic status of socially vulnerable segments of the population by providing training for professional work with new information technologies. The centre's target audience includes unemployed women, disabled people, elderly people and young students. Members of the Jewish community also make use of the centre's groups for young people and its family club. KesherNet is a joint project of World ORT and Project Kesher.

In 2009 the centre became a part of the global HP GET-IT (now called HP LIFE) initiative to accelerate micro-entrepreneurship. This is a global program that trains students, potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to harness the power of IT in order to establish and grow their businesses.

Since 2011 the center has been able to offer ICT training under the framework of the Cisco Networking Academy.

Name of Center ORT-KesherNet Center
Location Tula/Russia
Age range Pre-school, Adult education and training
Students 426
Teachers 2


A fully equipped mobile class has extended the reach of the center’s training. In addition to offering job-search help and employment advice, the center runs the following courses:

Fundamentals of Computer Literacy

This course introduces students to the principles of working with a PC, to working with Microsoft Windows, to the concept of electronic file systems, to Microsoft Office, and to computer security issues. The center teaches this course extensively to people with disabilities.

Innovative Technologies for Elderly People

This course is designed to provide more elderly people with ICT skills necessary for everyday life. It covers the fundamentals of using the Internet and Microsoft Word.

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.

PC Hardware and Software

This course covers set-up of operational systems, local networks architecture, working with wireless networks, and complex network security.

Microsoft Excel

This course teaches students the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel – for example, inputting and editing data, using functions and formulae, creating charts.


This course gives students familiarity with the CorelDRAW interface and its applications, with the concept of vector and raster graphics, with file exporting and importing, and with various formats of saving.


This course teaches students the fundamentals of using the Internet – for example, web browsers, e-mail, cyber-security.

Adobe Photoshop

This course is devoted to the study of image editing, correction of defects in photos and creation of collages.

"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 medicins. 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.