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van | ELDY | training
The Eldy NGO launched the "Eldy van on the square" ("Eldy in piazza") project in order to reduce digital divide and increase eInclusion, in particular in the rural and mountainous areas of Italy.
People living in rural areas often find it difficult to reach a certain level of digital literacy, because of their culture and their reluctance towards new technologies.
A customised Eldy van widely promotes basic digital skills in the north of Italy, through the easy to use and free of charge Eldy platform, organising events and training activities on the main square of the Municipalities.
100 training courses have been performed and more than 4 000 people trained since 2009, mainly in the Veneto Region; the Eldy van is going to complete the 2012 Tour reaching some Municipalities of the Region of Lombardia.
The innovative approach of the Eldy platform, the yearlong eInclusion experience, the presence of a wide animated community of 400 000 users and the involvement of volunteers who always give support, contributed to the great success of the "Eldy van on the square" ("Eldy in Piazza") project which had positive results in promoting both adult digital literacy as well as solidarity between people.
The training activities are being held by professional teachers and volunteers who add a cooperative spirit to technology.
The Eldy van, with the enthusiasm of our volunteers, is present at the weekly market and at public events to disseminate a concept of easy, amusing and inclusive technology.
Durin the event, teachers and volunteers teach the ABC of computers: how to send an email, how to surf on the Internet, how to use the chat to meet new people and keep in touch with their family, how to video-call their loved-ones, how to manage documents and digital photos. Furthermore CDs regarding Eldy and proving technical support are freely distributed.
The project was sponsored by the Vicenza Province, the Consiglio Regionale del Veneto, the Centro Servizio di Volontariato di Vicenza, and other private sponsors interested in strengthening their social corporate responsibility.
Target audience mainly consists of seniors and in general digitally illiterate people.
Public administration recognised the Eldy initiative as a good opportunity for promoting eInclusion through ICT and, consequently, enhancing participation of senior Citizens to social life.
Public administration also considered the project as an opportunity to also train on eGovernment services for citizens (a possibility available on Eldy platform).
Furthermore Eldy is a stakeholder of 2012 eSkills campaign, and supports the EY 2012 campaign.
Eldy is a free software package (www.eldy.eu ) for pc and an APP for tablet conceived by the Eldy NGO that helps senior Citizens use computers and access the Internet, counting more than 400 000 users all over the world. It was specifically designed for older people, with a six button interface, large font, strong colour contrast and simplified language in order to meet the needs of people aged over 55 and help them.
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The overall benefit represented by the project comprises the following:
The results of your work are really impressive!
My organization is also involved in ICT trainings and I really like how you organize your courses attracting so many senior citizens, providing special learning software and involving volunteers.
Best of luck with the continuation.
Rita, "Langas į ateitį"