ICT 4 the Elderly is a strategic partnership project funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. This initiative addresses what has become known as “online ageing”, by offering the public a learning opportunity on how the Internet can play an important role in improving the quality of life through online social interaction.
In phase 1 of the project a study will be conducted to research any existing training materials related to digital skills, which could be adopted for this project. In phase 2 an engaging training manual for people aged 55 to 74 as well as an online academy will be developed. A Project Exploitation Guide, will be developed in phase 3 to facilitate the transferring and scale up of the project results to organisations outside the project consortium, including key stakeholders and policy makers.
The project deliverables will be tested through an international piloting phase. A fantastic opportunity will be offered to 24 participants in Malta and Germany to test and give feedback on the training manual and online academy. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this pilot project had to be delayed due to the fact that the elderly are most at risk. Nonetheless, it highlighted the fact that we need to support them more than ever for such eventualities.
The project is being led by Tech.mt, together with the support and collaboration of three NGOs: Ynternet; Stiftung Digitale Chancen; Simbozia Genesis, and one pan-European organization – All Digital.
All Digital – a pan-European association based in Brussels. It represents more than 60 member organisations that work with 20,000 digital competence centres providing access & training to 2.9 million people in Europe every year. https://all-digital.org/
Ynternet – is an institute based in Switzerland dedicated to empower netizenship and training on tools for socio- professional development. https://ynternet.org/
Stiftung Digitale Chancen – Based in Berlin, the goal of Stiftung Digitale Chancen (SDC) is to spark people’s interest on the use of the Internet and to support citizens during their journey into the digital world, to help them maximise its benefits. https://www.digitale-chancen.de/
Simbioza Genesis – Based in Slovenia, with the aim to promote the right to access the Internet technologies to all citizens, and strengthen tolerance, respect, trust, solidarity and encourage cultural and lingual diversity for the elderly.