ORT-KesherNet Centre, Tambov

The ORT-KesherNet Centre in Tambov for information and communication technologies began its operations in 2002. It is housed in the municipal centre for social assistance to families and children. KesherNet is a joint project of World ORT and Project Kesher

Name of CenterORT-KesherNet Center
Age rangeHigh school, College, Adult education and training
Teachers1 full-time teacher, 2 part-time teachers, 5 consultants and 50 volunteers

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 also organizes seminars on a variety of social and economic topics, such as the fundamentals of economic literacy, copyright protection and children's Internet security. The centenary target audience includes unemployed women, disabled people, elderly people and young students.

In 2010 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 2010 the centre has also partnered with Microsoft to implement a not-for-profit program to boost levels of computer literacy in the region.

In 2011 a Cisco Networking Academy opened at the centre.


The centre runs a wide variety of courses and training manuals, presentations and handouts are developed for every course. Upon graduation of a course, all students receive certification.At the end of every course student knowledge is tested for monitoring improvement.

This course covers the fundamentals of working with basic PC software and hardware, text editors, internet services, and anti-virus software.  The course can be tailored to the specific needs of more elderly students.

This course covers the history and structure of the Internet, as well as how to work with browsers and e-mail clients.

This course provides an introduction to HTML and hypertext, to web design – including animation and multimedia, to CSS and SSI programming languages, and to website architecture.

This course covers the fundamentals of working with Microsoft Word – for example, editing and formatting text, inserting tables and multimedia, working with lists, and creating tables of contents & footnotes.

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

Students learn to create vector images at different levels of complexity, for example logos, business cards, advertisements, layouts for newspapers and booklets.

This course covers the fundamentals of working with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets – for example, making calculations, drawing graphs and creating charts. Particular attention is paid to solving practical problems, such as the calculation of a final loan amount or the calculation of interest on a loan.

This course trains students to create videos, to produce commercials and to edit material from a video camera.

This course acquaints students with the theoretical principles and practical techniques for creating Power Point presentations.

Students learn how to create their own brochures, business cards, books, posters and other printed materials.

This is an adapted course for aged people to learn to work on a PC. The material is presented from the point of practical application of knowledge in everyday life (saving and copying files, writing letters in a text editor, creating own catalogues with photos), as well as for the expansion of communication with family and friends and finding new interests (the use of e-mail, searching information in Internet, communication with Skype).

On-line course on mobile literacy (ten training modules) aimed to provide students with skills for the best possible use of their mobile devices to solve all kinds of problems at school, work and everyday life.

The course is aimed at teaching website creation and individual web pages using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3.