Because of the invitation from the W2F (Window to the Future), we have visited place were they work. The purpose of our trip was get to know how this organisation was established, how it works and what kind activities it is providing.
Our visitation organizators prepared for us short but very concret presentation. W2F is different organisation than Socially Responsible Institute to a high degree. It was established by private companys, provided by idea ‘responsible business’.
Association provides 3 kind activities :
- Rural Internet Access Points (RIAP) – established for private and public money (government, european structural funds)
- Training programs – works only for private money; Project is very similar to Community Centers because the main idea is bring knowledge to share it with others and teach people basic computer literacy skills. I was suprised that there was separate project for disabled. People with disability were trained in specially fitted classrooms. Community Centers do not make this kind selection. However W2F solution was more efficient and comfortable for trainers and participants. In my opinion less variety give equal opportunities to all people who attend courses. But the main difference between W2F and Community Centers is that in our project is voluntary and in Lithuanian telecentre people are employed and earn money for their work.
- E-learning - it is long distance learning project for people who attended to the basic computer skills courses. To air my views, it is a good idea because participants has opportunities to learn how use e-services which are important in daily life.
W2F as well is providing independent project ECDL, but only the first, lowest level.
To express my opinion, there are several activities provided by W2F which also should be implemented by Community Centers. First of all, materials for course participants, such as brochure – books which helps them consolidate knowledge. Second activity (which was for me a big suprise) – sms campaign. Its purpose is to encourage people who took part in the basic computer literacy skills course to attend training on higher level. And finally last one – materials for trainers, to make providing courses easier.
After conferention we had a very pleasant meeting in Polish Cultural Centre.