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Along with technological advancement, digital literacy is increasingly necessary for work, leisure and personal development and an essential part of the modern lifestyle. More and more everyday activities are completed through the use of computers and technological devices, making digital literacy a crucial everyday issue. Digital literacy leads on to digital competence, the confident and critical use of information society technology for life and employability. It is underpinned by basic skills in ICT and the use of computers to retrieve, assess, store, produce, present and exchange information, and to communicate and participate in collaborative networks via the Internet.Information Technology focuses on the areas of finding, exploring, developing and presenting a range of information including text, numbers and images in ways that are relevant. It also covers health and safety and copyright issues. Practical applications of IT skills are huge and growing - from researching a topic, to gathering information in order to tackle a problem, to creating charts and graphs and writing letters or reports.With the increasing use of electronic information sources in today’s world, the skills required to access information and communication technology (ICT) are becoming just as important as traditional ‘basic skills’ such as literacy and numeracy. Developing learners’ ICT skills is an important aspect of tackling social and economic exclusion. ICT is increasingly becoming a popular way for people to acquire skills, and ICT training can also encourage people to develop their literacy, language and numeracy skills.The ability to use ICT based tools not only creates new opportunities for an increased participation in lifelong learning activities but also offers a great potential to reconnect groups at risk of exclusion to public services, learning, the labour market and civic engagement. Furthermore, digital competence offers ways to attract the existing 80 million low-skilled people to e-learning opportunities that do not traditionally engage in training.



The ‘This is IT’ project is a 36 month initiative, that has been developed by a transnational consortium, of 11 expert actors from Greece, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, Switzerland and Lithuania and is co-funded by the European Commission, under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). This is IT aims to benefit people in social risk groups, by upgrading their ICT skills so they can take part in modern life, through the use of innovative approaches and good practices that rely on volunteers.

The end goal is to have volunteers assisting risk groups to the access, use, and benefit, of ICT tools and material.

The This is IT volunteer network assists European citizens who are in need to upgrade their skills and acquire key digital competences through informal learning methods (i.e. mentoring through volunteers) so as to improve the quality of their skills, to meet the challenges of modern life, and to offer themselves with the “ICT right” to life and employability, upgrading quality of life for themselves and their immediate environment.



The This is IT volunteer network will involve and engage stakeholders of learning providers, associations of social risk groups, the business world and volunteering organisations throughout Europe in order to collect, share and exchange information, solutions and tools. This will help increase the basic knowledge of all involved stakeholders and investigate and provide citizens of all ages with the existing demands and options that can enhance their digital literacy and competence.

The project identifies key innovative approaches and good practices regarding the use of volunteers and the related methods, mechanisms, material and tools applied. The volunteers and all the identified good practices will then be used in order to facilitate risk groups to access and use, to their benefit, the available ICT material and to further support them, in an immediate, simplified and friendly way. This way, they will update and improve their newly acquired ICT skills.



The specific objective is to establish a multi-stakeholder volunteer network by involving and engaging stakeholders throughout Europe in order to:

  • Contribute to the improvement of the efficiency of education and training in ICT Training for risk groups and promote digital competence matching the skills to the labour market needs (EC “New Skills for New Jobs” par.1.3). Current good practices including pedagogical approaches and educational content will be evaluated, specific needs and constrains will be defined benefiting all involved stakeholders.
  • Raise awareness of the need for basic ICT training to enable digital literacy and this digital competence and the possibility and existing options that LLP offers. Thus, the network will foster training through volunteers and will assist people to bridge the digital divide by upgrading their skills and key competences so as to meet the challenges of the 21stcentury and to promote their employability (EC “New Skills for New Jobs” par.1.2).



Young and elderly people, with a focus on women, in rural areas and isolated areas will be especially targeted and encouraged to participate and inform themselves though the opportunities provided by the This is IT network.

Finally, This is IT will contribute to the cooperation between ICT training providers, volunteers and volunteer organization and risk groups with little or no ICT knowledge and establish an on-going exchange of information and experience in best practices.





Project leader

MILITOS EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SERVICES Greece

Partners

HELLENIC AMERICAN UNION Greece

ITEC. INC. COMPANY CONTINUOUS VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER Greece

STRATEGISCHE PROJECTENORGANISATE KEMPEN VZW Belgium

ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Belgium

BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER Poland

ITTI Sp. z.o.o Poland

ASOCIACIJA “Langas i ateiti” Lithuania

GAZIANTEP IL MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU Turkey

EUROPEAN CENTER FOR WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY Norway

STIFTUNG ECAP SCHWEIZ Switzerland


More information on the consortium is available at the section partnership


Duration: 01.01.2012 – 31.12.2014
Total Budget: 589.522,000 €
EU Grant: 442.016,000 €
AGREEMENT n° 519177-LLP-1-2011-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW

 
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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the Education and Culture Directorate General. This website reflects only the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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