Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport has teamed up with South Korean electronics giant Samsung to accelerate its efforts to train Mexicans in digital technology.
Samsung will contribute to one of the government’s largest digital initiatives known as Puntos México Conectado (PMC) by training people in developing wearable apps and virtual reality contents.
The training will take place in 32 centers that the ministry has set up across the country.
HS Jo, president of Samsung Electronics Mexico, said that knowledge of virtual reality would make it easier for Mexicans to explore internet of things (IoT), which he said would prove to be a vital tool for boosting industrial productivity in the years to come.
Months later, he said, Samsung would introduce courses on IoT applications. Some reports say Samsung had been trying to strike a deal with the government since early last year and that it has supplied over 1,000 different gadgets and educational materials to Mexican authorities.
Originally designed to plug the digital gap in the country, Puntos México Conectado is providing nearly 160,000 citizens with technology resources and training every year.
Training centers have been set up in places where it is harder for people to access technological resources.
Computer technology will no longer be limited to experts and the elite; everyone will be invited to gain technical skills, regardless of their age, gender, and economic status, say government officials.
The initiative is designed to teach technology that people need to be aware of to improve their daily life, whether it is about browsing information online or mobile banking.