Project Funded by:  ERASMUS+ KA2 “Strategic Partnership for adult education”

Project Duration:  39 months

Start Date:  01/09/2018

End Date:  30/11/2021

Website:  https://ict4theelderly.com/

ICT for the Elderly

23 Sep, 2018

Purpose and activities

There is no doubt that ICTs allow members of the growing elderly population to remain independent longer.

The ICT 4 the Elderly project facilitates a pathway for up-skilling the digital competences of individuals between the age of 55 and 75 and to make them aware of some of the many opportunities that the Internet offers.

In order to do so, the project first collected best practices from other successful projects, and based on those, partners developed a training manual and an online academy. Then, individuals aged 55-75 were selected through a call for applicants to take part in the piloting as ambassadors of the project. Two pilot training sessions with 12 people each were foreseen to take place in Malta and in Berlin in Spring 2020, but just before the first one, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Partners postponed the pilot training, hoping to be able to organise it internationally. As the travel restrictions persisted, partners decided to organise the first pilot training session locally in each country. However, the pandemic also affected the possibility to organise face-to-face trainings locally. Some partners managed to organise those trainings in the Summer of 2020, others are organising them in Spring 2021. The second piloting phase is planned to take place in Malta in September 2021, when hopefully, participants will be able to travel to take part.

Once the piloting is completed, it will be assessed, and based on the results, policy recommendations will be produced to reach policy makers and training providers.

Expected results and task distribution among partners

The project activities are divided into three Intellectual Outputs:

O1 – Collection of Best Practices and Open Educational Resources (OERs): the aim of the first output is to collect best practices, which have resulted from other projects, both EU and nationally funded. Every partner has collected OERs resulted from other projects. Stiftung Digitale Chancen (SDC)  lead this output.

O2 – Developing of Training Manual and Online Academy:

  • The resources collected in Output 1 were used to develop the Online Academy which allows participants to study further. Ynternet.org Foundation is responsible for the Online Academy.
  • In addition to developing the online platform, Output 2 foresees the production of training materials on information technologies to be used during the training. Simbioza has the task to put together the training manual.

O3 – Production of recommendations for stakeholders and policy makers: ALL DIGITAL is in charge of policy recommendations based on the results of piloting activities for further transferability and upscaling of the project results.

Malta Communication Authority, as a project coordinator, is responsible for the overall project management and quality control.

Target group

This project addresses older adults aged 55-75 and over who have minimal or no engagement with digital technology. They will be selected based on a call for applicants. The minimum requirements are to be able to speak English, to travel and to be enthusiastic. These participants will have the role of project ambassadors during and after the project.

Partner organisations