Enhancing Digital Skills of Hard-to-Reach Adults for Better Life Chances
Technology revolutions are transforming our world and changing the way we live,work and interact while leading to new opportunities with many challenges as well, and this is happening at an unprecedented pace.According to European Economic & Social Committee, "Information technology is on the rise everywhere, yet its potential for economic growth, employment, innovation and, above all, improving European citizens' quality of life, has still to be fully exploited." The committee also refers to "Digital Single Market Strategy" which will carry all Labour Market to the world of Internet and create a fully engaged digital society.
On one hand, humanity welcomes Internet of things, digitizing homes, cities and industries, or artificial intelligence, on the other hand many adults remain excluded from opportunities coming together with revolution. And it is a fact that, societies, which absorb innovations more, will likely to grow stronger.Today, ordinary daily works like selling, buying, bank transact ions, communication, getting information and storing it,and etc.require basic digital skills and these skills change our life quality and facilitate our lives for sure.
In addition, considering long-term unemployment at record levels (47,5% as of 2016) in Europe, and finding a new job is extremely difficult since competing with new generations is a challenge because even old jobs require new digital skills, having 21st century skills looks obligatory for each individual.
The question rising dramatically here is "Are we ready for the change?" European Commission (EC-Digital Skills and Jobs-2016) indicates that more than 40% of EU citizens lack basic digital skills and we currently witness its negative impacts on long term unemployment, social exclusion and inequality.According to OECD research (2016), Turkey appears as the lowest performing country since 53,3% of adults (aged between 16-65) lack basic digital skills and 38% of them indicated they have had no computer experience previously.
The situation in the partner countries is also quite challenging .The OECD report stated that 37% of adults in Greece,28% in Lithuania, and 23% in Slovenia lack basic ICT skills and in Portugal relevant data doesn't even exist,although the country has serious communications in operation to up-skill adult population.
As EC states, "those who could benefit most from education and training are the ones less likely to engage". In this process, in order to foster digital skills, training hard-to-reach adults (defined in section C) is crucial, yet very challenging as well. Lessons learned from the previous attempts and European adult education experience in the last decade show us that these millions of adults can't be trained directly or taken to the 21st century labour markets. Motivational ways are urgently needed to reach those adults,re mobilize them and increase their capacity to learn to learn and change the flow of their lives for better life conditions. Here, gamification practices both in face-to-face interactions and e-learning spaces are very promising to reach, motivate and re-mobilize these adults.
The main goal of this project is to provide hard-to-reach adults with flexible learning opportunities through face-to-face interactions and an interactive e-learning platform and a mobile application equipped with gamification strategies to foster them digital skills.
The project will also bring together small groups of these adults in events and show them how to transfer their digital skills into real life situations and how to use technology to improve their lives.
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