ALL DIGITAL AWARDS 2017: cooperation project 'Generation 0101'

BEST COOPERATION PROJECT FINALIST

Generation 0101

Project website: https://www.generation0101.eu/

Years implemented: Nov 2014 - Oct 2016

PROJECT PARTNERS

Project was implemented by 7 partners (5 ALL DIGITAL members), with CTC Rijeka as a leading organization. All partners were responsible for implementation of project activities in their countries, also each partner has developed one educational module.

Project partners:

  • CTC Rijeka, Croatia – lead partner; development of e-journalism course;
  • Izmir University, Turkey – mobile app development course; -
  • Centre Study of Foligno - CSF, Italy – web design course;
  • Asociacija "Langas į ateitį", Lithuania – easy coding course;
  • Cyprus Community Media Center, Cyprus – community web radio course;
  • Telecentar, Croatia – video course;
  • LIKTA, Latvia – on-line collaboration course.

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT AND MAIN ACTIVITIES

The project aimed at addressing important issues present in today's society: the growing problem of youth unemployment and the need to place a stronger emphasis on the development of ICT skills among young people. The outcomes of the project were dedicated to help young people to become more competitive in the job market and to enable their employment in digital jobs.

It was a strategic partnership among 6 countries and 7 organizations with main activities:

  • Guidelines for policy makers in the context of dealing with youth unemployment;
  • Development of 7 educational modules in ICT field (named in partners section);
  • testing all the modules with young people;
  • 7 international hackathons in partner countries, where project participants could use gained knowledge by creating ICT solutions for social organizations. The hackatons were an innovative approach, providing youngsters with possibility to use their skills creating real products, and also beneficial for personal development.

IMPACT

During the project more than 300 young people from partner countries got the chance to gain new skills and knowledge in 7 ICT fields that they are able to use for: employment or self-employment in digital industry, further education, e-volunteering activities, etc.

On a social aspect, during international hackathons, in close collaboration with local and national NGOs, ICT solutions (services, tools, products) were created that are now being used by local organizations in partner countries.

SUSTAINABILITY

Besides the social impact, the tangible outcomes of project are available: research results, guidelines to policy makers and education materials of 7 ICT modules developed in all partner languages plus English can be downloaded from project website.

In addition, project partners incorporated the localized materials to their everyday activities and training – materials are introduced to teachers, trainers, librarians, and self-learners, also included into various training programs and courses.

SUCCESS FACTORS AND LEARNING

The project is successful because it meets the needs of today’s society. It strongly focused on ICT skills and their development, in this way it is concordant with European policies that try to use those skills for solving everyday problems.

The consortium was collaborating for the first time all together. Partners are from different sectors and with different experience, which was an advantage to project implementation and outcomes. It also led to learning new things and widening the future possibilities of partner organizations.

As an added value, during the project, partnerships between organizations and young people around Europe have been created: partnerships for exchange of knowledge, skills and good practices, joining efforts in helping to solve the problem of youth unemployment and problems of social organizations in local communities. Participation in project increased social sensitivity of youngsters and their understanding of importance of their role in the society.

SCALABILITY

During the project, methodology and educational materials (student and trainers handbooks) were developed on 7 ICT subjects: e-journalism, mobile app development, web design, easy coding, community web radio, video and on-line collaboration. Besides partner languages, all modules are also available in English on the project website. This might help deciding whether and which of the modules are relevant to any other organization for localization.

Of course, to transfer the educational materials in other countries, the initiative should need some adjustment depending on the local community situation, its needs and opportunities.

Hackathons were also implemented in a unique way in every country: some were large scale events and others up to 30 participants, some implemented in public spaces and others started cooperation with business sector, etc.

Project partners are always willing to share the experience and knowledge with anybody interested to localize the Generation 0101 initiative.

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