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The European Commission has awarded the alliance Langas į ateitį with Gold Medal


 

Association Langas į ateitį has received a special award from the European Commission for its innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to increase computer literacy of Lithuanian society.

Established by the European Commission, the 2008 European e-Inclusion Awards nominate the best and most imaginative uses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Seven categories of the European e-Inclusion Awards received more than 469 entries with participation of different organizations (public and private companies, communities) from every European Union country. Association Langas į ateitį was one of just 35 shortlisted entries that impressed the judging panel of the 2008 European e-Inclusion Awards and also was announced as an overall winner in Digital Literacy category.

Association Langas į ateitį is awarded for the results of the project "Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian e-Citizen". For more than two years Association Langas į ateitį has been implementing this project, financed by European Union structural funds, during which basics of computer, internet and e-services usage were provided to more than 50.000 Lithuanian citizens.

"It is the first time when Lithuanian organization gets such a high level award. There are only a few finalists from newly accepted EU countries, so the name of Lithuania, mentioned among the most modern projects, gives us an opportunity once again to enjoy our activity results and international recognition" - says Loreta Krizinauskiene, managing director of Association Langas į ateitį.

As a medallist in the digital literacy category, Association Langas į ateitį has been invited to exhibit at the e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference and Exhibition in Vienna from November 30 to December 2, 2008.

Established by the European Commission, the 2008 European e-Inclusion Awards celebrate the best and most imaginative uses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Through the Awards, the Commission aims to inspire industry, governments and other organisations to better exploit the potential of technology to reduce social and digital exclusion.

Despite society's increasing dependence on digital technology, an estimated one in three Europeans fails to participate or benefit from the information society. Overcoming digital exclusion is not only a social necessity. It will be worth billions to European companies and governments over the next five years.

Read more: Winners' Showcase, pdf, 250 KB.

More information about e-Inclusion Awards - http://www.e-inclusionawards.eu/

International conference "PIAP - for the Development of the Information Society in Lithuania"

During 2008, 400 new public internet access points RIAPs will be opened to Lithuanian people in rural areas. Development of Rural Internet Access Points project financed by Lithuanian government and EU Structural funds is implemented by the Ministry of Interior. Consortium partners- association Window to the Future, consulting company S4ID and Kaunas Technological University - provide Project publicity and technical administration services After implementation of this project Lithuania will have a network of 875 active rural internet access points across the country.

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Development of four online e-learning courses is granted by Microsoft Unlimited Potential Programme

Langas į ateitį received a grant of 225 thousand LTL from Microsoft Unlimited Potential Programme. With these funds Langas į ateitį will implement a project developing and providing four online e-learning courses.

For one year Lithuanian citizens will have a possibility to study online about safer internet, communication possibilities on internet, Excel and PowerPoint programmes.

The project Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian E-Citizen project (2006-2008) has been finished successfully with 50.000 adult people trained

With the final conference in the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania association Langas į ateitį completed the project Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian E-Citizen.

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A continuation of the Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian E-Citizen project for 400 disabled people


400 disabled persons participated in the courses of computer literacy and Internet usage basics organized by association Langas į ateitį. Additional trainings of the project "Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian E-Citizen" were held in 16 municipalities of Lithuania and lasted for 2 months. The training content was adapted to the needs of disabled people prolonging the duration of studies in computer classes and preparing a special workbook.

The project "Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian e-Citizen" was implemented under the European Social Fund programme (Measure 2.2. "Development of Labour Force Competences and the Ability to Adapt to Changes" of Priority 2 "Human Recourse Development" of the SPD of Lithuania for the period 2004-2006).

Participation in International Telecentre conference in Hungary

The International Telecentre Strategic Planning Conference was held in Hungary on May 22-25, 2008. Participants of the conference were representing Telecentre (in Lithuania - Public Internet Access Points) movements from all over the world: most European countries, Uganda, Senegal, Canada, USA, India, Bangladesh and other countries. Two organizations from Lithuania engaged in the development of Public Internet Access Points network - association Langas į ateitį and association Public Internet Access Points - were invited to the conference as well.

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The 3rd stage of PIAPs network development has been finished with 400 new PIAPs established

The largest third stage of establishment of Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs) in Lithuania was finished in August. The project "Development of Rural Internet Access Points Network" was implemented during the year 2006-2008 by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and financed by European Union Structural Funds.

The project was aimed to establishment of 400 new PIAPs in rural areas. As a result Lithuania became one of the European countries having the widest network of public internet access, available to its citizens.

Today PIAP in Lithuania is not only a place to get free access to the internet, but also the centre of local community and education with the possibility to use e-services. PIAP has become one of the means reducing social and geographical exclusion of the country.

Association Langas į ateitį together with the partners UAB S4ID and Kaunas University of Technology participated in the implementation process of the project providing administration, technical support and publicity services.

European Commission awarded Langas į ateitį as E-Inclusion Award Medallist 2008

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Association Langas į ateitį has received a special award from the European Commission for its innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to increase computer literacy of Lithuanian society.

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Workshops presenting e-Signature have been arranged in 10 regions

In November 2008 Langas į ateitį together with the State Social Insurance Fund, business companies Omnitel and Bitė Lietuva organized 13 seminars with the aim to teach and encourage Lithuanian companies to use e-Signature in their activities. Over 1000 persons (mainly managers, accountants and personnel managers of the companies) participated in free of charge events in all 10 counties of Lithuania.

29 Societies of disabled persons will be provided with computers

Association Langas į ateitį together with companies Mažeikių nafta, Rytų skirstomieji tinklai, Alna and Atea will provide computers to 29 Societies of disabled persons. Mažeikių nafta and Rytų skirstomieji tinklai provided 47 not-new computers; Alna and Atea will prepare and install those computers in the Societies of disabled persons to be used for public internet access.

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