Empleando Digital, the first good practice submitted by our community that has made it to the MEDICI Digital Inclusion Catalogue and Map


Empleando Digital is the first good practice submitted by one of our community members that has been upgraded to the MEDICI Catalogue and Map of Good Practices. Congratulations to Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), the Spanish Red Cross (CRE) and the Accenture Foundation., the promoters of the initiative! To know more about this initiative, visit our Catalogue

Curios about other initiatives proposed by our community members? Visit our Digital Inclusion Story space and rate them!

Digital exclusion during national lockdown

The British government last week announced measures to ensure that the vast majority of the UK population would stay in their homes for a minimum of three weeks. UK residents are not alone under this constraint: as of today, estimates are that nearly 20% of the world’s population is currently restricted to their homes, including in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, China and the USA.

For many people, this confined situation will mean social adaptation using virtual substitutes for their usual face to face activities. Internet banking and shopping will increase, and work and wider family interactions will continue but at a distance through technology. For those experiencing food and necessity shortages, online supermarkets are only a few clicks away (at least when panic buying is over and you can book a delivery slot).

Whilst this digital substitution is possible for the majority of people, a significant minority are digitally excluded, through a combination of life choices, low confidence or skills, and an inability to afford the requisite technology. Across the EU, 14% of people have never used the internet.  Eurostat evidence shows the digital divide is driven by four main factors:

  • age
  • educational status
  • income, and
  • geography

During the Coronavirus, older people are most at risk, not only from disease but their lower level of digital skills across the population. This aggravates their circumstances. During a recent set of focus groups in Limerick on digital exclusion, suspicion, fear and shame were commonly cited by older people as their emotional response to increasing digitalisation. Social isolation is also a factor in digital exclusion:

As someone living on my own there’s no one showing me how to use the technology. I have a tablet but I don’t know how to use it, I just use my phone for calling people.”

The move to digital can make socially vulnerable people feel increasingly helpless:

There’s also a self-esteem issue as people can’t keep up with the changes and don’t feel independent on their phones, someone has to help.”

Supporting the transition to digital with patience and sympathy is more important than ever.

During a lockdown, we must all make do with the technologies that we have. But it is important also to be aware that many people are not only socially distant but digitally disconnected from primary services and require support more than ever. There are many community-based organisations that offer opportunities to help those who are socially and digitally excluded during this time, such as through delivering food and prescriptions or completing administrative tasks online. To find out more, you can contact your local network (where neighbours are setting up support systems), visit your Local Authority’s website or search for opportunities on social media.

7 Digital Inclusion Stories moved to the MEDICI Catalogue

7 Digital Inclusion Stories submitted by our community members have been moved to the MEDICI Catalogue and Map:

GirlsDoCode

Powercoders

Be Smart Seniors

Development of wifi.brussels

MUDA EM CASA (Change at Home)

MUDA NA ESCOLA (Change @ School)

MUDA NUM MINUTO (Change In One Minute)

Congratulations by the MEDICI team!

MEDICI at FES-Re-public Initiative on the Future of Work and the Digital inclusion of socially vulnerable groups

Five myths about digital accessibility

This interesting video talks about the 5 myths related to Digital Accessibility, it is particularly interesting to watch as right this year (2021) Member States will have to report on the status of implementation of the EU directive 2016/2102, entered into force three years ago and obliging all public online services to be digitally accessible.

Net Inclusion Webinar Series

The Net Inclusion Webinar series 2020 offers a wide variety of resources on how to best address digital inclusion challenges. A new Net Inclusion Webinar Series will take place in 2021, organised by NDIA (National Digital Inclusion Alliance), more info here.

Donation of recycled IT equipment by regional and local administrations to non-profit organizations

Donation of IT  downgraded equipment, which is made operational again and distributed via a number of non-profit organizations to pupils and students experiencing social difficulties, and to retirement and nursing homes in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Abstract

The Brussels Government allowed all ministers and institutions of the Region to donate their own depreciated and downgraded IT equipment free of charge. This equipment is made operational again and distributed via a number of non-profit organizations to pupils and students experiencing social difficulties, and to retirement and nursing homes in the Brussels-Capital Region. The Brussels Regional Informatics Centre coordinates this action collecting, preparing  and distributing IT equipment to the relevant non-profit organizations.

Target Group

Marginalised young people and children

Country 

Belgium

Website

https://cirb.brussels/

Stakeholders involved

All ministers and institutions of the Region

Further Information

https://smartcity.brussels/news-764-call-for-projects-give-your-it-equipment-a-second-life

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(Re)equipment of the DPSs

At their own pace, independently and benefiting from the supervision of trainers, citizens can learn to use a computer, connect to the Internet, benefit from generally free computer training or deepen their knowledge, according to the program established by their municipality.

Abstract

At their own pace, independently and benefiting from the supervision of trainers, citizens can learn to use a computer, connect to the Internet, benefit from generally free computer training or deepen their knowledge, according to the program established by their municipality. The BRIC’s (Brussels Region Informatics Centres) DPSs (Digital Public Space) service consists of equipping this public space (school, municipal premises, etc.) with computer equipment: computers, laptops, software, screens, printers, interactive projectors, etc. The software installed is of the “open source” type. The BRIC further contributes to reducing the digital divide in the Brussels-Capital Region by ensuring, for a period of four years, the maintenance of this equipment.

In order for the DPSs offer the best services to the citizens, and to guide them through their process of digital appropriation, material resources are necessary. Therefor the BRIC aims to equip all the DPSs that were awarded with the label of the BCR (Brussels Capital Region) with the material necessary for their daily activities to go smoothly: computers, programs, printers, projectors, etc.

Target Group

Unemployed and those facing social problems

Country

Belgium

Website

https://cirb.brussels/fr/nos-solutions/learning-solutions/epn

Stakeholders involved

BRIC, CABAN and the DPS

Further Information

https://smartcity.brussels/news-303-dps-renewing-equipment

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TEACH FOR FUTURE – Educational Transformation of Adults through Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

“Teach for the future” transfers know-how on Innovation, Networking and Leadership to heterogeneous adult learners communities

Abstract

TEACH FOR FUTURE project aims at creating a transnational and multi-sectoral network through which 10 facilitators from Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, IT multipliers, specialised in Management of Innovation & Networking and Entrepreneurship & Leadership transfer know-how to heterogeneous adult learners communities from the three countries but also from the region, so that innovative learning experiences can generate favourable changes in the level of integration of the three themes into education, with beneficial effects on adult and professional development of adults; (3D modelling and printing, image editing, digital marketing, on-line collaboration tools), Management of Innovation & Collaboration within a network and Entrepreneurship & Leadership among 210 adults in Romania, Bulgaria and Greece (70 per country), library users and librarians, trained with the involvement of experienced facilitators, as well as the transfer of good practices among 90 adults (30 from each country Romania, Bulgaria and Greece) within 3 mentoring camps, each country in one of the three thematic areas, consisting of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial sessions development and organized in each partner country according to the proven expertise, by establishing connections with key experts and leaders in the project’s reference areas in 3 countries, as well as representatives and decision-makers from the authorities, business environment, NGOs and representative education units in each country. In total, 6 mobilities, 3 dedicated to training multipliers and 3 for adults.Within the project, 6 innovative intellec will be developed (the Innovative methodology for training the trainers in ICT for adults, the Management of Innovation & Collaboration within a network Curriculum in adult teaching, the Entrepreneurship & Leadership Curriculum in adult teaching, the Trainer Manual for the mentoring camps, the e-Innovator Guide and e-Entrepreneur Guide.

Target Group

People with disabilities

Country

Romania, Bulgaria, Greece

Website

www.teachforfuture.ro

Stakeholders involved

5000 librarians, 10,000 adults, 2 authorities, 5 businesses, 5 NGOs, 3 universities from 3 countries

Further Information

https://epale.ec.europa.eu/ro/blog/teach-future-metodologie-inovativa-privind-formarea-formatorilor-domeniul-tic-realizata

https://teachforfuture.ro/

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IN-EDU

IN-EDU focuses on developing good practice in media literacy and critical thinking education via inclusive, non-formal learning programmes which combine training and events at community level.

Abstract

IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media literacy & Critical Thinking EDUcation – is a 24-month project run by 7 European partners based in IT, BG, FR, HR and SI. It focuses on developing good practice in media literacy and critical thinking education via inclusive, non-formal learning programmes which combine training and events at community level. The main aim of the project is to reinforce media literacy and critical thinking among students. The IN-EDU engagement programme does this through interactive activities at local level that encourage action and participation from teachers, parents and families, and other stakeholders – thus increasing also their awareness, knowledge and competences on the subject. By working at local level the project intends to have an impact on the wider communities and play a part in preventing marginalization and countering inequality. For that, 10 lesson plans on MIL – Media and Information Literacy have been developed and made available on the website in BG, IT, HR, EN, FR to support teachers in addressing topics such as information disorder, privacy, online hate speech and discrimination with their students.

The IN-EDU engagement programme is composed of the three following International events:
1. Training for Trainers, aimed at equipping trainers with the necessary knowledge, competences and tools required to go on and run training sessions in media literacy and Training for teachers at country level in Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia;
2. Civic Hackathons, taking place in IT, BG, HR and SI, involving diverse groups of students, parents and representatives from civil society, the media and public authorities, aimed at designing community campaigns/actions on critical thinking and media literacy.
3. International Student Camp, the winners of the national hackathons will convene in Sofia, Bulgaria, for a 4-day student camp. The event includes learning activities, meetings with stakeholders and experts, visits.

Country

Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, France and Slovenia

Target Group

Marginalised young people and children

Website

https://in-eduproject.eu/

Stakeholders involved

Municipalities, schools, VET/AE centres, NGOs, libraries, MIL experts, journalists.

Further Information

https://in-eduproject.eu/

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MEDIICI Local Webinar in Portuguese: Portugal Digital Mais Inclusivo


Portugal Digital Mais Inclusivo, um evento organizado em conjunto pelo INCoDe.2030, e o Medici, através do CEPCEP da Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Esta será a primeira sessão online das INCoDe_Talks, que se realiza no próximo dia 15 de dezembro, às 10h00.

Portugal Digital Mais Inclusivo conta com um primeiro painel com o tema “Estratégia para a Inclusão Digital: Portugal não vai deixar ninguém para trás” e um segundo painel com o tema “Inclusão Digital e os mais vulneráveis – desafios do terreno”.

Dinamizadas pelo INCoDe.2030, as INCoDe_Talks são um ciclo de sessões de apresentação que visam promover o debate entre os principais intervenientes e decisores sobre a temática das competências digitais em Portugal.

A sessão tem início às 10h00 e será transmitida em direto da página de Youtube do INCoDe.2030