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ORT-KesherNet Centre, Tver

The ORT-KesherNet Centre in Tver for information and communication technologies began its operations in 2002. It is housed in Tver’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 to access online educational materials, to attend Ulpan and Sunday School and to house exhibitions. KesherNet is a joint project of World ORT and Project Kesher


Name of Center ORT-KesherNet Center
Location Tver/Russia
Age range Adult education and training
Students 260
Teachers 2


In addition to providing Internet access, copying and printing services and offering job-seeking help and employment advice, the centre 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 centre teaches this course extensively to people with disabilities.

Microsoft Word

This course teaches students the fundamentals of Microsoft Word, for example formatting text, creating lists and tables, working with graphics.

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

Microsoft PowerPoint

This course is aimed to provide students with basic knowledge in creating PowerPoint presentations.

"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.