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Authors: Conor Brownlee
Within the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, ECDL Foundation will partner with AGE Platform Europe to promote older people’s digital inclusion.

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    • From the field Fostering Older People’s Digital Inclusion to Promote Active AgeingAuthor Within the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, ECDL Foundation will partner with AGE Platform Europe to promote olderConor Brownlee,Communications Executive, people’s digital inclusion.ECDL Foundation This collaboration involves the launch of an updated ICT training programme adaptedbrussels@ecdl.org to older people’s needs: a revised version of the ECDL Foundation’s accessible ICT train- ing programme, EqualSkills.TagsICT training, accessibility, Within the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Gen-digital inclusion, ageing erations, ECDL Foundation will partner with AGE Platform Europe to promote older people’s digital inclusion. This collaboration involves the launch of an updated ICT training programme adapted to older people’s needs. This collaboration taps into the capacity of both organisations’ extensive networks in support of the Year’s aims around ICT skills development. The development of older Europeans’ ICT skills is considered crucial to their active ageing and continued participation in society, and to their ongoing contribution to the labour market. At any age, and particularly with an age- ing population in Europe, European citizens need to be able to use the technology that can greatly improve their quality of life. ECDL Foundation is the certifying authority for the leading international computer skills certi- fication programme - ECDL / ICDL. Its mission is to enable proficient use of ICT that empowers individuals, organisations and society, through the development, promotion, and delivery of quality certification programmes throughout the world. With over 11 million candidates par- ticipating in a range of programmes, ECDL Foundation has set the global benchmark in end- user skills certification. AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 165 organisa- tions which aims to promote the interests of the 150 million senior citizens in the European Union, and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most. In this partnership, these entities will work together towards using the potential of ICT to open up training and employment opportunities for older people, including those with disabilities. The new training programme is a revised version of the ECDL Foundation’s accessible intro- ductory ICT training programme, EqualSkills. This new version of the highly successful Equal- Skills workbook seeks to meet the specific needs of older people. EqualSkills is a tutor-led, introductory ICT skills development programme that helps to remove the fear of computers for complete novices, by using a simple, non-threatening approach to providing basic skills for using a computer, email, and the Internet. These essential ICT skills are key to individuals’ full participation in technology-dependent societies, and are an important factor in promot- ing lifelong learning. So far, almost 100,000 Europeans have participated in the EqualSkills programme. ing earn eLearning Papers • ISSN: 1887-1542 • www.elearningpapers.eueL ers 29 u ers.e gpap .elea rnin n.º 29 • June 2012Pap www 1
    • From the fieldECDL Foundation, as a leading advocate for the promotion ofdigital literacy in Europe, fully supports the aims of enabling thedigital inclusion of the elderly in Europe throughout 2012, andbeyond. Through the partnership with AGE Platform Europe,the project forms part of the EY2012 Coalition, which is a grow-ing group of stakeholders who promote a vision of a society forall ages, where everyone is empowered to play an active partin society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities in all stagesof their life regardless of age, sex, race or ethnic origin, religionor belief, social or economic status, sexual orientation, physi-cal or mental condition, or need for care. The Coalition strivesto make the current demographic change a key opportunity foreveryone, to work together to create an Age-Friendly EuropeanUnion by 2020. Edition and production Name of the publication: eLearning Papers Copyrights ISSN: 1887-1542 The texts published in this journal, unless otherwise indicated, are subject Publisher: elearningeuropa.info to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivativeWorks Edited by: P.A.U. Education, S.L. 3.0 Unported licence. They may be copied, distributed and broadcast pro- Postal address: c/Muntaner 262, 3r, 08021 Barcelona (Spain) vided that the author and the e-journal that publishes them, eLearning Phone: +34 933 670 400 Papers, are cited. Commercial use and derivative works are not permitted. Email: editorial@elearningeuropa.info The full licence can be consulted on http://creativecommons.org/licens- Internet: www.elearningpapers.eu es/by-nc-nd/3.0/ ing earn eLearning Papers • ISSN: 1887-1542 • www.elearningpapers.eu eL ers 29 u ers.e gpap .elea rnin n.º 29 • June 2012 Pap www 2