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Participation in the training course in Cyprus

During 23-27 of April Project coordinator of association "Langas į ateitį" Rita Šukytė participated in the training seminar "Self Leadership Skills as Foundation for Effective Teaching and Learning". The training was organized by ShipCon Limassol and held in Cyprus, city of Limassol.

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Grundtvig study visit in London

"Langas į ateitį" representative Karolina Jasvinaitė participated in the Grundtvig study visit in London on the 14-17th of March. The aim of the visit was to share the experience and to explore the methods used for adult motivation and engagement to ICT by PEABODY organization.

Personal impressions of the journey you can find here.

Get Online Week 2012 in Lithuania

The Association Langas I Ateiti was the Lithuanian national partner for Get Online Week 2012. This year, many Lithuanians again showed their intention of being a member of the information society by registering at the Get Online Week 2012 counter. The small country is proud of 14.463 participants involved, being the 3rd in Europe after Latvia and Romania.

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Enhancing digital literacy and competence for people in risk groups

Digital literacy is quickly becoming more and more important for work, leisure and personal development and as essential as knowing how to read and write. However, not everyone has the necessary knowledge to feel comfortable in the digital era, especially people in risk groups. Therefore, teaching basic ICT skills and facilitating digital competence for these people is an issue that concerns all European countries.

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Lithuanian educators improve skills in safer ICT usage and Cyber threat prevention

Nowadays safe internet usage has become a very relevant issue in the rapidly developing information society. Due to this reason Centre of Information technologies in Education by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania collaborating with alliance Langas I Ateiti and Microsoft Lithuania support initiated and developed training material and e-course for teachers WHAT SHOULD EDUCATORS KNOW ABOUT THE THREATS ON THE INTERNET?

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Langas i ateiti received Skills for Employability Award 2011

The European Employment Week conference last week sent a strong message to EU governments and industry alike with the closing delivered by László Andor, Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, underlining the debate with reference to the 43% of unemployed people across the EU that have been job seeking for over a year and with specific focus on the rapid growth in youth unemployment, raising once again in Europe the spectre of a wasted generation.

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Langas i ateiti participated in the annual Telecentre-Europe Summit 2011

The Telecentre-Europe Summit 2011 took  place at Espace Moselle in Brussels, Belgium during 27-28 October 2011, and gathered  an invited audience of about 100 telecentre network leaders and guests from all over Europe. The event was organized under the patronage of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Agenda, and is co-hosted by our Belgian network member Interface3.


Under the title Telecentres: get to work! the event explored how telecentres brought economic growth to their communities improving employment. The yearly summit is well known as an important opportunity for digital inclusion organizations across Europe to explore together new services and products. This time it included a series of interactive sessions and presentations on the sustainability of telecentres, their role in facilitating proper digital skills for young people, telecentre digital content creation and more.


Association Langas I ateiti has been an active member in the Telecentre-Europe AISBL since 2008. In the fourth Telecentre-Europe Summit during one of the interactive sessions  Langas I ateiti representatives Loreta Krizinauskiene and Rita Sukyte  introduced recent activities  among which Leonardo da Vinci program funded project  e-Guardian (full name Development and certification of skills for European Educators focused on Safe ICT and Cyber threat prevention) is of special importance.


Today Internet has become not a possibility but a need. One of the general competences of the employees is the ability to safely use computers and the Internet  This is especially important for educational institutions where employees/trainers could apply their knowledge not only in their work but transfer it to their students.


Till April, 2012 e-Guardian partners (LT, LV, DE and CH) will develop standartized guidelines and content for cyber security skills development for VET staff and implement motivation and skills evaluation/certification criterias as a part of adults non-formal and informal learning. These products will be presented to partnership member states organizations responsible for adults education and will be available for implementation in all EU countries .The innovative product will be based on ICT using e-learning and automated evaluation tools.

 

Telecentre Heroes help 112,000 people in European Get Online Week

More than one hundred thousand Europeans were reached by telecentres in 30 European countries in the 2011 Get Online Week campaign. Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission thanked telecentre staff, and hailed them "European heroes".


When the Telecentre Europe Get Online Week counter was stopped last Saturday evening it stood at 112,074. More than one hundred thousand people had answered a few simple questions in a short survey to show they had been reached by the campaign. This simple figure however doesn't tell the whole story. Who were these people, why did they get involved, and why are they heroes?


They had been supported to use the internet in about 5,000 telecentres in 30 countries across Europe - education venues, libraries and NGOs providing support to use computers and the internet. Of the 112,074 that were supported to use the internet, or a new online service for the first time, about one in ten were unemployed (9.6%), and one in seven were retired (14.5%), and just under a third were in employment (31%). About half were under 25, one third between 25-55, and just under a fifth, almost 20,000 people, over 55. There was a majority of women (56%) to men (44%). These demographics however still don't tell the whole story.


One of these telecentre "heroes" was Laurencija Navagrudskaitė from Langas I ateiti in Lithuania. She said "We've already had learners of 76 and 86 years old. The record breaker was a man of 90 years old. Very many people come in and say, from almost the first day, "for me, it is important to pay public utility charges and to avoid standing in queues". One of her students, Irene Kirilova, a nurse in Lithuania said "well I don't want to be lagging behind my family. My grand-daughter and daughter know how to use the computer, and I don't know anything. So I decided to learn a bit for myself." Elena Garšvienė, a doctor in Lithuania continued "because I have to write reports each year, and I always have to ask for help from my children or someone else, or form my colleagues who know how to use the computer. I would like to do everything on my own. Children - well perhaps they could teach me, but instead they say "mom let me do that for you".


For about one in six (just under 20,000) this was the first time they had ever used the internet. Their technology journey was just starting. Gabi Barna, Chair of Telecentre-Europe, and Director of EOS in Romania said: "The people who visited telecentres during Get Online Week, will be being supported this week, and next week, and likely for a number of weeks to come. They started a journey of discovery about computers and the internet, which will lead them to benefit from better job prospects and wage premiums. They will have better social, community and civic connections, and personal economic savings and benefits to them, as well as macro-economic savings and benefits to their governments' and to industry".


The rest, just over 90,000 people, had already started their journey, but were in a telecentre being introduced to online services for the first time, or receiving ongoing support or learning. This ongoing support that local telecentres provide is vital.
Mara Jakobsone, Vice-President of the Latvian ICT Association (LIKTA) , and Board member of Telecentre-Europe said, "NGO"s like LIKTA   provide continuing support to people to start or continue their journey into the digital world and   help to   learn about   new e-services.   Integration into the information society saves time and money for citizens and SMEs, but it also potentially saves their respective governments millions of Euros. In my country Latvia the 200,000 people who used the online census during Get Online Week rather than the paper census will have saved my government millions of Euros. The support of online government services is a really important role that Telecentres can play for their citizens and governments."


Loreta Križinauskienė, Director of the association Langas I ateiti   in Lithuania, an organization supporting the development of the information society, coordinated a huge campaign in Lithuania that significantly raised awareness of the digital inclusion issue via television interviews leading to mass support for the campaign. Loreta said "the campaign was a massive success in Lithuania, with thousands pledging their support for digital inclusion as an issue. No one should be left behind in the technology age, and telecentres are vital in the fight to keep people included, especially in the current economic climate. The people of Lithuania voiced their support for digital inclusion."


The 112,074 captured by the counter were not the whole story. In Lithuania a further 80,000 people had completed the survey to support the campaign, while in Latvia another 200,000 people had used it as part of their new online population census. Further to this there were at least a further 10,000 people who had used their respective nations e-learning platforms without it being registered on the survey. All of this leads to a much larger, wider figure of around 400,000 people reached by, or supporting, the campaign.


The Telecentre-Europe campaign team also recognizes support from a range of stakeholders including the patronage of Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission, and the Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda. Commissioner Kroes said "To all those who are involved in Get Online Week, and Europe"s network of telecentres, I want to thank you for your life changing efforts. You are really European heroes! With every person you move from offline to online you are making a better Europe."


The campaign also received invaluable support of Microsoft and Liberty Global. Sylvie Laffarge, Director for Community Affairs for Microsoft in Europe, said "For Microsoft, Get Online Week was both a celebration of partnership and helping people connect to new opportunities and information through creative action.   We are a committed corporate supporter of the goals of the Digital Agenda and this grass-roots and community-led effort was a fabulous way to work across diverse geography toward goals of increased eSkills and inclusion together.   We're proud and pleased with the outcomes of the week and look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future together with all who want to join in supporting this dynamic initiative."  
Finally, Manuel Kohnstamm, Managing Director Public Policy & Communications of Liberty Global said "Our Corporate Responsibility is founded on Digital Inclusion, thus we are proud to have teamed up with Telecentre Europe for Get Online Week 2011. This concentrated effort to reach the digitally excluded across Europe produced remarkable results and we look forward to multiplying these efforts in the coming year."

Get Online Week is an annual Europe wide campaign run by Telecentre-Europe AISBL, to help new computer users in their first online steps. It helps to get people through the doors of their local telecentres, enabling staff to build people's confidence to move on into more structured learning.

 

Telecentre-Europe AISBL is a not for profit international association based in Belgium. It provides inclusive support to the vibrant network of Telecentres right across Europe to increase their impact and effectiveness by fostering knowledge sharing and learning amongst its members. There are an estimated 30,000 telecentres within the network. Telecentres are publicly accessible places where people can get help to access computers, the internet and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others.   For more information visit www.getonlineweek.eu and www.telecentre-europe.org or contact Laurentiu Bunescu laurentiu.bunescu@telecentre-europe.org


-      Foundation EOS Romania | www.eos.ro
Foundation EOS Romania is a private, non-profit organization established in Romania in 1998. EOS Romania has more than 10 years of experience in the development of programs and projects related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for sustainable development in both public and private sectors.


-      Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association | www.eprasmes.lv
The Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) is the ICT non-governmental association in Latvia, founded in 1998. One of the principal objectives of LIKTA is to promote the development of Information Society and e-skills in Latvia. Since 2005 LIKTA has provided e-skills training to more than 89,000 people.


-      Langas I ateiti     | www.langasiateiti.lt
The mission of Langas I ateiti - translated as Window to the Future - is   to contribute to the development of the information society in Lithuania, increase accessibility of internet and e-services in Lithuania by providing information, computer literacy and Internet training to Lithuanian adults in this way stimulating the growth of e-services countrywide.
See more about Get Online Day in Lithuania at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvzShKKqr8E.

For more information on the economic and social benefits of digital inclusion see the Digital Agenda for Europe, EC, 2010 (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/index_en.htm) and the Economic Case for Digital Inclusion, PWC for Office of the Digital Champion, UK, 2009 http://raceonline2012.org/sites/default/files/resources/pwc_report.pdf

The European Commission "RegioStars" 2010 has awarded a Lithuanian project

The winners of the "RegioStars" 2010 were announced on 20 May in Brussels during the annual "Regions for Economic Change" conference. Awards were given to the most innovative regional projects which had received funding from the EU's cohesion policy. A jury made up of renowned professionals in regional development choose the six winners from the record 87 applications, which saw Genk (Belgium), Auvergne (France), Brandenburg (Germany), East-Mid Sweden, and two projects from Lithuania being decorated for their efforts.

In the Category 3: ICT applications for e-inclusion winner is the project Computer literacy basics for a Lithuanian e-citizen, Lithuania (~2 million in EU funding from the ESF) implemented by the Langas į Ateitį alliance.

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

RegioStars - The Awards for Innovative Projects - form part of the enhanced communication effort proposed in the Communication on Regions for Economic Change (COM(2006) 675). The communication states that "integral to the communication policy of Regions for Economic Change will be the creation of annual innovation awards for best projects in the areas of selected themes linked to economic modernisation. These awards will improve information about good practice, stimulate the exchange of experience and provide visibility for progressive-thinking".

More on http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/interregional/ecochange/regiostars_en.cfm

The project "PIAP network administration and maintenance" is continued

The consortium of partners - Association Rural Internet Access Points, S4ID UAB, Association Langas į ateitį and Kaunas University of Technology - is continuing the implementation of a project "PIAP network administration and maintenance" financed by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.

The main gaol of this project is to maintain and strengthen the functioning of PIAPs network in remote and rural areas of Lithuania. At the same time the project will encourage the decrease of the level of digital exclusion that still exists among people living in rural areas and larger cities. PIAPs will encourage the members of local communities to use public and private e-Services, to study on-line and to use all other services available on internet. In this way activities of PIAPs will encourage the development of information society in Lithuania.

Today the PIAP network in Lithuania includes more than 800 Public internet access points. It is not surprising that different problems arise to PIAP tutors in their everyday activities. Because of this reason one of the most important task of a project "PIAP network administration and maintenance" is to provide help and consultations to PIAP tutors and other interested persons.

Traditionally, during the project 3 events will be organized to the partners of PIAP network, PIAP tutors and visitors will be invited to participate in various competitions and to win valuable prizes, electronic newsletter will be prepared periodically. Also, project team will visit some PIAPs to discover existing problems, the need of new equipment and learning.

During the project the common PIAP website www.vipt.lt will be administrated with the purpose to fulfil the needs of PIAP tutors and visitors. The good practise of exchanging the information about events in Public internet access points will be encouraged further.

Prepared with reference to www.vipt.lt