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ll Europeans need digital skills to study, work, communicate, access online public services and find trustworthy information. Senior citizens are increasingly getting marginalized due to their digital illiteracy. According to the AGEWELL FOUNDATION SURVEY, approximately 85.8 percent of the respondents were found to be digitally and computer illiterate, out of which 76.5 percent were elderly men and 95 percent were elderly women. The study also pointed out that digitally illiterate older persons were keen to learn despite their age. 

 

The activities proposed to the senior citizens will have a learning-by-doing approach using games, simulations and interactive materials to offer a safe environment to learn new skills, increase their abilities and fortify their competences. 

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The project tackle the digital divide and address the urgent necessity for seniors’ citizens to develop digital skills, while fostering their participation to civic and cultural EU life. The project, by adding a digital perspective to the procedure of ‘active ageing’ also provide seniors with the essential skills to respond to the 21st century’s features and demands, helping them in becoming more independent and autonomous. 

 

The present partnership aims at creating a new and more engaging way to foster senior citizens’ digital skills and media and Information literacy -MIL, to increase their ability to defend themselves from ‘different virtual dangers’ (fake news, online scams, ‘fishing’) while empowering them in using ICT tools with confidence in every aspect of their life (e-government, social media, music and video in streaming…) 

 

By participating at the proposed learning program seniors are expected to 

*improve their hard  skills (which include ICT literacy and active learning), cognitive abilities (creativity and mathematical reasoning) and process skills (problem solving and critical thinking) 

*decrease the possibility to be scammed or tricked and decrease overall exposure to virtual dangers 

*enhance their ability to take full advantage of online media and ICT tools largely available 

*increase ability to recognise disinformation, misleading or outright false information.

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