Population over 60+ in Europe is increasing fast due to the raised life expectancy and the decline on birth rates. This progressive and profound demographic change that Europe is experiencing has entailed changes in the economic, social and technological structures. Such changes have been demonstrated in an alteration of the European Union priorities. In this sense, seniors have consolidated as one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of society and their social inclusion has become a major concern.
The Erasmus KA2 project “Breaking digital barriers: Digital Literacy for Elderly” is addressed to seniors over 60 years and attempts to improve the integration of this society group by providing them with digital literacy, which was actually recognised as a basic human need. Generally, elderly people have problems to reach news, health information, online shopping and to perform other internet-related activities, for this reason the project will impart them digital skills and new learning strategies that are likely to be used on a daily basis. Likewise, social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development are the basic mainstays of the project, and when achieved, adults will improve not only their inclusiveness in community but also their wellbeing and quality of life.
Despite the conventional idea that older people become dependent when growing old, they can also highly benefit from the power of lifelong learning and active citizenship, turning knowledge into new understandings and skills and contributing to the community in a meaningful way. As active citizens, seniors can also serve as essential instruments to promote civil participation among their generation.
In this project, the personal development of seniors plays an important role. The project is intended to work in different transversal subjects that will help aged people to develop their potential and continue to grow as a person and give their life a purpose and a meaning.
Objectives of the project are:
– to developt and implementation of a new information and communication technology (ICT) education program for individuals over the age of 60+, and increase their quality of life.
– social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, and resulting in an improvement of the quality of life of elder
– To improve family and peer relationships of elder
– To support social life of elder
– To design of evidence-based training initiatives for digital inclusion of older people;
– To ensure the quality of the learning provision.
-To promote active ageing. The expected result of the project is firstly, to achieve a sufficient quality of life, which will allow seniors to lead a fuller, more participatory and independent life and help to widespread civil participation. And secondly, aged people are expected to improve their social life due to the possibility to communicate via social media and communication platforms.
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