The RE team worked intensively on the preparation of the "Digital Literacy Program for the Elderly", analyzing extensive documentation related to the current situation of the elderly and the use of the Internet, in order to identify certain problems and challenges.
Selected challenges covered by the Program:
- Breaking down barriers and strengthening (self) confidence in the use of new digital technologies
- Improving the social life of the elderly
- Independence of the elderly in using the existing commercial and state e-services
The digital literacy program is intended for people aged 65+ who do not have or have very little knowledge of using: modern digital devices (tablets and "smart" phones), the Internet and existing digital tools, regardless of their education, gender, place of residence, religion and nationality.
In order to prepare a Program that will optimally meet the needs of those for whom it is intended, the PE team analyzed several European and world practices for acquiring digital skills.
The program is designed in a way to:
- Be a fun, informal and simple introduction to the use of digital devices (tablets and "smart" phones)
- Give a basic understanding of the Internet and its safe use
- Provide a basic understanding of existing digital tools and their use
- Strengthen the trust of users through their direct involvement in the learning process and acquisition of basic digital skills
Special attention was paid to the introduction of a mentoring approach in the learning process of the elderly.
The "Program for digital literacy of the elderly" was prepared within the project "Through games to digital skills", financially supported by the City of Skopje.