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Development of Elderly’s Digital Skills Through Family Learning (No 2020-1-LT01-KA204-077965)

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This project aims to strengthen the potential of participating institutions to develop the digital skills of older people and to promote family learning. This project has the following objectives: — organise international exchange and mutual learning events in the partner countries, — describe success stories, collect examples of good practice, publish in an online journal format and make them public, — organise pilot trainings in partner countries to apply new models of family learning.

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This project is carried out by the A. and M. Miškinių Public Library of Utena as a European Commission’s Erasmus+ (Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership Project) initiative. The project will last almost two years and benefits from a EU grant equal to EUR 82 230.
Lack of digital competences is a growing problem for older people: they do not trust technology and are afraid that they cannot adapt. As they think that technology is for the young, they do not see the potential of the virtual world and do not seek to use it. Teachers in adult school are unable to motivate older layers of population and modern methods of teaching and learning are neglected. A study made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has shown that in Lithuania, as in many other countries, the majority of the older population struggles to adapt to the digital environment and lacks the skills which would enable them to solve problems by using technologies.
The Utena A. and M. Miškiniai Public Library is project leader and partners include the Pärnu Central Library (Estonia); Tsennosti, Dobrodeteli, Integritet Foundation (Bulgaria), the Association “EDUVITA” (Italy), the Association “Nazilli Hayat Boyu Ogrenme Dernegi” (Turkey), University of La Mancha (Spain).

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