Overcoming barriers, transforming lives, and building national capacity
Using communications and learning technologies, PACTEC serves humanitarian organizations and medical groups—including doctors, teachers, and translators—as well as impoverished people living in remote areas of Kazakhstan.
Being the world's largest landlocked nation, with a diverse, rugged terrain, low population density and poor transportation systems, Kazakhstan has a set of communication challenges. PACTEC communications and learning technologies provide medical personnel and community leaders with access to training and the means to carry out their work.
Training and Development of Local People
PACTEC-Learning Technologies (PACTEC-LT) enables computer-based distance education, an essential program tool in Kazakhstan. PACTEC has gathered a team of highly capable teachers and consultants who help humanitarian organizations develop effective distance education courses in remote areas. PACTEC also distributes learning resources via CDs, USB sticks, and online archives.
Further, PACTEC provides a secure email system for humanitarian workers. This network increases their effectiveness, facilitates communication between workers in the country, and helps break down barriers between organizations.
Distance education maximizes opportunities for training medical personnel. Doctors and nurses in this region do not have access to the same level of instruction available in western countries. Most need additional training in general family practice to be able to provide even basic medical care in remote areas of the country.
In partnership with three medical colleges in two countries, PACTEC assists in the creation of medical courses for delivery via distance education. PACTEC is currently assisting with the development of nearly a dozen courses, and has previously delivered several course construction training modules that enable the doctors and nurses to produce their own courses in the future.