Coordination of the Digital Inclusion in Brussels-Capital Region

In the memorandum, approved by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region on 13 December 2018, the foundations were laid for a digital inclusion policy in the BCR

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In the memorandum, approved by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region on 13 December 2018, the foundations were laid for a digital inclusion policy in the BCR. The memorandum also provided for the appointment of a Digital Inclusion Coordinator within the BRIC. Regional Coordination is responsible for acting as a link between the sector and the government and for synchronizing actions at the regional level and with the other federated entities. Coordination also brings together and leads a “digital inclusion” Working Group which includes the majority of Brussels regional bodies (Actiris, Bruxelles Formation, Brussels Fiscality, Brussels Environment, talent.brussels, Innoviris, etc.) and private stakeholders (CABAN, King Baudouin Foundation, etc.) to discuss certain issues.

Target Group

Unemployed and those facing social problems

Country 

Belgium

Website

https://smartcity.brussels/digital-inclusion

Stakeholders involved

Public bodies and private stakeholders (CABAN, ..)

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Development of wifi.brussels

Wifi.brussels is a wifi network, accessible in certain location in the Brussels-Capital Region.

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Wifi.brussels is a wifi network, accessible in certain location in the Brussels-Capital Region. The hotspots are installed on public spaces with a lot of passers-by, such as squares or in metro stations. Connecting is free and can be done from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. At this moment 221 hotspots are accessible, with more than 145 000 secure connections registered each day.

Target Group

Unemployed and those facing social problems

Country

Belgium

Website

Stakeholders involved

BRIC and IRISnet

Further Information

Link

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Fiber to the Schools in secondary schools

A project aiming to provide the 177 secondary schools in Brussels with a 100Mbps broadband internet connection

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In 2014, the BRIC has launched Fiber to the School, a project aiming to provide the 177 secondary schools in Brussels with a 100Mbps broadband internet connection so that they can benefit from internet access to meet their teaching needs. The roll-out of this initiative – a new milestone in the Brussels-Capital Region’s Multimedia plan – will be spread over a period of six years, i.e. at a rate of 28 schools per year.

Target Group

Marginalised young people and children

Country

Belgium

Website

https://bric.brussels/en/our-solutions/learning-solutions/fiber-to-the-school

Stakeholders involved

BRIC and IRISnet + the secondary schools

Further Information

https://bric.brussels/en/our-solutions/learning-solutions/fiber-to-the-school?set_language=en
https://cirb.brussels/fr/quoi-de-neuf/actualites/fiber-to-the-school
https://cirb.brussels/fr/quoi-de-neuf/actualites/fiber-to-the-school-1
https://smartcity.brussels/news-742-brussels-smart-city-event-fiber-to-the-school-report-video

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Powercoders Italy

A coding academy for refugees

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Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. It was funded in 2017 by Christian Hirsig, a Swiss tech entrepreneur. Powercoders aims to have a positive impact on the lives of refugees in Europe by teaching them how to code and them connecting them to IT industies. Powercoders offers a 3-months intensive coding bootcamp where participants learn the main programming languages (HTML, CSS and Javascript) and then have access to paid internships in the IT sector. Together with hard skills, Powercoders organises a program for the development of soft skills, fundamental to have a successful professional career. So far, Powercoders has trained more than 200 refugees across Switzerland (Lausanne and Zurich) and Italy (Milan and Turin), 90% of whom have started an internship and more than 60% of them is now working in the IT sector.

Target Group

Migrants

Country

Italy, Switzerland

Website

www.powercoders.org

Stakeholders involved

Reale Foundation, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, UNHCR

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Strofi Web-Radio

Strofi Web-radio gives to beneficiaries the opportunity to broaden their horizons to future work prospects in the field of sound engineering, recording and radio broadcasting, having enriched to the utmost the quality of digital life. It also enables them to express themselves in a new creative way.

Abstract

The adolescents/young adults, approaching KETHEA STROFI (a therapeutic program of KETHEA, which provides a comprehensive network of services for adolescent/young adults drug users and their families) for drug addiction therapy, are included in the eligible social group of marginalized youth with limited education and training opportunities, also lucking of certain skills such as digital and social – communicative competences.
At KETHEA STROFI, apart from the therapeutic practices, non-formal education courses addressed to the members of the program, as a part of their preparation to rehabilitation phase. Radio and music are the basic vehicles to achieve:
• Competence and skills improvement in specific learning objectives such as: digital competence, due to the increased access of internet and the acquired basic knowledge on sound engineering, improving digital literacy and enriching the quality of digital life generally
• Team- work insights
• Leverage of the experience gained for plans for future career.
One of the communicative vehicles of KETHEA STROFI is the Strofi Web-radio. A free radio that respects diversity. It becomes the voice of youth, of active citizens and of social entities, in order to be transformed to an on-line community of open expression and communication.
Strofi Web-radio gives to beneficiaries the opportunity to broaden their horizons to future work prospects in the field of sound engineering, recording and radio broadcasting, having enriched to the utmost the quality of digital life. It also enables them to express themselves in a new creative way.
The web-radio is hosted in STROFI’s studio; an environment with up to-date technological equipment able to carry out the most demanding professional recordings.
In the frame of this context, web radio STROF runs by the beneficiaries of KETHEA STROFI, under the supervision of an instructor specialized in radio broadcasting.

Target Group

Marginalised young people and children

Country

Greece

Website

http://www.kethea-strofi.gr/webradio.php

Stakeholders involved

radio stations, broader community, social policy makers, foundations, entrepreneurs

Further Information

http://www.kethea-strofi.gr/

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DIGITOL – Digital Inclusion for Older People – intergenerational synergies for the active participation in society

DIGITOL will use innovative intergenerational educational practices to combat the spread of fake news

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The purpose of DIGITOL is to promote EU common values, such as solidarity and diversity, by developing and delivering innovative digital literacy training with younger trainers and older learners. Ultimately, the project aims to make the Internet accessible and more respectful for all.
The project will contribute to combating forms of discrimination within the EU that are driven by xenophobia, populism, and homophobia, by increasing awareness among older adults and training them for the identification and evaluation of fake news, with the goal to filter them out and not spread them further.

Target Group

Elderly people

Country

Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Romania

Website

Link to web site

Stakeholders involved

AGE Platform, CCB (Italy), 50plus (Greece), Pro Arbeit (Germany), Znanie (Bulgaria), Tree (Esthonia

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Code Hero

To combat the negative effects of interrupted education due to COVID-19, we created Code Hero, a program that enabled children to continue their learning journey and offered them an online context to develop the skills that they need for their future

Abstract

At the beginning of 2020, people from the entire world were confronted with something that the vast majority of us did not understand and have never thought we’d see in this lifetime: a global pandemic. As a result, entire country populations have been forced into a mass lockdown in their own homes.

With the school closures, in Romania 2.6 million children were forced to isolate at home. For the vast majority of them, this meant that they stopped learning, as at least 32% of students enrolled in formal school education didn’t have at home the technology necessary to learn online and 12% didn’t have connectivity at all (IRES 2020).

Interrupting education services has serious, long-term consequences for economies and societies such as increased inequality, poorer health outcomes, and reduced social cohesion. Children from the poorest households are already almost five times more likely to be out of primary school than those from the richest. These negative impacts will be significantly higher for marginalized children.

To combat the negative effects of interrupted education, we created Code Hero, a program that enabled children to continue their learning journey and offered them an online context to develop the skills that they need for their future. Children between 9 and 13 years old are currently learning skills such as creativity, critical thinking or problem-solving through coding, by creating animations, stories, and games in Scratch, a visual programming language created especially for them.

Their mentors are volunteers working in technology, who meet with them for 1 hour per week in an online conference, over a period of 4-5 months. The volunteers who answered the call of helping children are not only from Romania but also from the Romanian Diaspora in Europe, in countries such as Spain, Denmark or the UK.

Target Group

Marginalised young people and children

Country

Romania

Website

Link to web site

Stakeholders involved

Children aged 9 – 13, volunteers who mentor students, sponsors and partners.

Further Information

See web site

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Simbioza Intergenerational Learning

Digital up-skilling through intergenerational learning

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The mission of the Simbioza Inter-generational Centre is to promote intergenerational cooperation and coexistence between generations. Networking, information, education, transfer of knowledge and experience. Active participation of all, the involvement of young and old – for all who want to actively spend their free time and get involved in one of the activities offered. A space for the exchange of experiences of the older generation with the knowledge and energy of the younger generation. Within the MGC, a monthly program of daily activities is created – computer, creative, recreational-movement, for memory training and learning foreign languages, film and music evenings, reading lessons, board games, financial literacy and other events led by employees together with users. in the center and volunteers. The space thus offers the opportunity to exchange experiences between generations and encourages active leisure.

It offers a place, available to all individuals with the purpose of encouraging active ageing and intergenerational transfer of knowledge and experience. It was not based only on computer workshops, but covered also other activities in the field of lifelong learning, solidarity and volunteering.

As part of the Intergenerational Centre, a monthly program of daily activities involving spending free time for all generations was formed. It was based on the needs and wishes of the target users. Our users were encouraged to co-create the content, so everybody had a chance to suggest an activity, which he or she considered to be interesting for the other users of the Centre as well. We also conducted an evaluation, which helped us plan future activities.

Through the sponsorship of Triglav insurance company we managed to obtain 240m2 of working space, which we divided into three parts: computer classrooms (big and small), open office for the team and intergenerational centre for various workshops.

Target group

Elderly people

Country

Slovenia

Website

Link to Website

Stakeholders involved

Simbioza Genesis, Triglav, participants

Further information

UN Secretary visit to Symbioza

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Sirius Hub – Digital for social impact

Creating social opportunities for digitally de-skilled public

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Founded in 2017 with the support Sirius Hub brings together two centres: Sirius School, which offers digital training, and Sirius Coop, a digital social economy agency. These two pillars of the same project revolve around enhancing the digital skills of migrants and creating professional opportunities for a socially de-skilled public.

Sirius School is dedicated to training in web development (front-end, back-end and web design) and digital creation (web design, graphic design, digital marketing, content creation, visual communication…). Its singularity is to bring together people who would never have met outside of our training courses (people of Belgian or foreign origin, asylum seekers, job seekers or digital enthusiasts).

In a rapidly changing world, digital technology is omnipresent today and represents an exceptional professional opportunity. Sirius School therefore offers free training in the digital field, the acquisition of new technical skills and thus the opportunity to make the most of these skills on the job market. As part of a truly ambitious creative process, Sirius School also promotes entrepreneurship by focusing on the prospects of the social economy.

Sirius Coop is a digital cooperative in Liège formed by and for Sirius School students, which supports non-profit organisations and companies in developing their digital visibility. Launched in 2018, Sirius Coop is a project of socio-professional inclusion through digital technology that allows (re)putting precarious and/or isolated people in the labour market through the creation of digital solutions. The Sirius Cooperative is developing a working structure combining inclusion and web solutions.

Target Group

Migrants

Country

Belgium

Website

Link to website

Stakeholders involved

Digital Belgium Skills Fund ; Le Monde des Possibles

Further Information

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#Gemma

Digital Inclusion for citizens in rural areas

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Gemma is addressed to the citizens of the most rural areas of the regional territory, especially to the smaller Municipalities, because it aims to exploit digital competences as means for inclusion. In fact, it intends to contain the problem linked to the low diffusion of the Internet and the scarce use of e-gov tools in Umbria, in order to achieve the results hoped for by the Digital Agenda. Gemma intends to carry out digital animation actions in the rural areas of the Umbria region in Italy, for which information technologies – if well exploited and used – would really represent an opportunity to “reduce the distances” with public services and institutions, seen too often as distant even though, very often, they could be reached with a simple “click”. To do this, the project will directly reach the citizens where they daily live, in well-known venues of the territories, and providing short collective learning experiences aimed at empowerment and awareness, instead of structured training courses that could be less motivating and easy to attend. The project is implemented by a consortium of 8 partners operating at local or national level. Specifically, it involves: 3 Municipalities, 2 public schools, 1 VET and AE centre – Giove Informatica, the regional branch of ANCI – the national association of the Italian municipalities, a Foundation expert in digital education initiatives – FondazioneGolinelli. The methodologies foreseen in the project are not the ones usually in place for transferring competences to citizens. The project main learning methodology will be the collective learning (from Local Coaches, Digital Volunteers and facilitators), to be carried out in informal and itinerant places (senior centres, youth centres, schools but also bars or associations). The principle is that informal learning has to reach the user where the user is, starting from a \”node\” that citizens can access freely and for free and where they will find Digital Volunteer to support. Moreover, the project foresees a Hackathon for each of the social areas involved, where digital volunteers will be called to propose innovative solutions for supporting the use of online e-gov services by citizens and also by specific targets. These two project elements will allow the creation of original contents and learning methodologies as well as means for active participation in local communities.

Target group:

Elderly people; Unemployed and those facing social problems; Marginalised young people and children

Country:

Italy

Website:

Progetto Gemma

Stakeholders involved

Umbria Region and DigiPASS Umbria, municipalities, public schools, ANCI, VET and AE centres.

Further information

Facebook page

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