Cyberseniors' kickoff meeting: a program for Active Ageing through ICT
We are glad to announce the official Kickoff meeting of our new European project "Cyberseniors: Active Ageing through ICT", co- founded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + Program. Fundación Cibervoluntarios coordinates this new initiative alongside with partners from Austria, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania. The main objective of "Cyberseniors: Active Ageing through ICT" is to train people over 55 at risk of socio-digital exclusion in general, and in rural areas in particular, in the use of ICT tools that help them perform daily tasks in different areas: leisure, health, online banking, virtual communication, public administrations, etc., and how to use them safely.
The idea of this project arises from a programme of Fundación Cibervoluntarios called Expertclick, successfully developed nationally in Spain in 2019, focused on training people over 55 who live in rural areas in applications for mobile phones and tablets for perform daily operations. This idea has been reinforced by the Covid-19 crisis that erupted in Europe in March 2020, and which has caused collective priorities to change globally. The fact that citizens must stay at home makes digital tools which allow people to communicate, and to carry out day-to-day operations at different levels to gain all the importance. In this sense, it is clear that ICTs have the potential to prevent or reduce this isolation through various mechanisms of participation and connection with the outside world.
This way, the main objectives of the project are:
1- To provide continuous mixed learning to people over 55 on the use of useful tools and applications to carry out tasks of their daily life in different fields and thus improve their quality of life;
2- To fight loneliness and social exclusion of older people, especially those who reside in rural areas, highlighting the gender perspective.
3- To raise awareness among older people about the safe use of the internet and digital applications.
4- To create an innovative online multilingual training platform with open educational resources for face-to-face and online training in the use of ICT tools and applications for older people in Europe.
5- To create a quality evaluation and usability report of the products developed, based on pilot training activities in partner countries.
The consortium is made up of 5 organizations from Spain, Austria, Ireland, Romania and Cyprus, with experience in working with older people and in developing projects focused on training and the creation of open educational resources:
• FUNDACIÓN CIBERVOLUNTARIOS (ES)
• VIENNA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS (AT)
• Asociatia Nationala a Femeilor din Mediul Rural (RO)
• SYNTHESIS CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION LIMITED (CY)
• AGE & OPPORTUNITY (IE)