A very small percentage of Jordanians have computers at home. Knowledge Stations were designed to realise King Abdullah’s vision to give every Jordanian citizen the opportunity to experience the benefits of living in an IT-connected world—even if living in rural or remote communities, retired or unemployed. These IT centres are an effective tool to bridge the digital gaps between the governorates of the Kingdom, to help citizens gain skills, increase their competitive abilities in the job market, and improve their work efficiency.
Launched in 2001, the initiative adopted the concept of involving local communities in the establishment and management of the stations and having them operated by local institutions to promote a sense of responsibility and participation in making positive change at the community level.
The National Information Technology Centre was entrusted to implement the project and prepared a study to determine the optimal distribution of Knowledge Stations in all the governorates and communities in the Kingdom.
Today, there are about a 132 Knowledge Stations across the country. Tens of thousands of Jordanians of all ages and walks of life have been trained in these facilities – learning everything from how to use a mouse to advanced strategies for using ICT to enhance their businesses, obtain health-care information or participate in e-government. The stations' walk-in services also provide affordable Internet access and services like copying, scanning and faxing for many Jordanians.