All Digital Week 2019 at The Northern Branch of Medgidia Municipal Library

Romania has responded for the 10th consecutive year to the challenges of ALL DIGITAL in the pan-European digital inclusion campaign ALL DIGITAL Week 2019! The EOS Foundation from Romania organized this year the ”Hai pe Net!” Campaign with the National Association of Public Libraries in Romania and APDETIC and our library participated for the ninth consecutive year at the "Hai pe net!" campaign 2019.

As in previous years, the ”Hai pe Net!” 2019 Campaign focused on the two priority areas of digital inclusion: first of all, to attract people who never used a computer or the Internet, and secondly to promote online tools to help young people to assess their digital skills and to increase their chances of employment.

In addition to these goals, campaign participants were able to learn about the importance of online security, the importance of web accessibility, and they also developed new IT skills.

Throughout the campaign, in the library and in the educational institutions with which the library has established partnerships, activities have been organized for all those who have never used a computer, a mobile device or the internet. They have learned to navigate on the internet, and by promoting online tools young people have been helped to assess their digital skills and increase their chances of employment and social integration.

The Northern Branch of Medgidia Municipal Library supported in the "Hai on Net!" Edition 2019 the achievement of the following objectives and activities:

  1. First click - courses, workshops, events, etc. encouraging people who have never used a computer or have never accessed the Internet to make the first click with us; whether they met for the first time with a computer, a mobile device (tablet, phone, etc.) or if they simply learned to search for useful information on the Internet. The activities were focused mainly at children, elderly and ”curious” people to understand what it means and how to use the internet or a mobile device.
  2. ICT Skills Testing - Promoting ICT for Youth Engagement - Through these workshops, the digital competences were tested for high school students and students interested in future careers, promoted ICT for youth employability, supported them to identify their latent skills and abilities by accessing the Youth ICT Cross-curricular Analysis Application, available at www.skillage.eu.
  3. Online training courses for e-facilitators, teachers and librarians - Teachers and librarians from Nicolae Titulescu Technological High School were encouraged to attend digital training and education on the education.microsoft.com portal dedicated to educators.
  4. Data security and confidentiality in the online environment - activities aimed at primary, secondary and lyceum students
  5. Digital audio-video communication by making original digitalstories using Movie Maker, available for free in the Microsoft suite. Gymnasium students were the target group for this type of activity.

Campaign activities also targeted graduates looking for jobs, people with disabilities, people from rural and elderly.

Just like in previous years, we've designed to include digital through the campaign and present the benefits of safe internet surfing, assess IT skills, and develop IT skills and skills for at least 250 community members local, and at the end we managed to do this for a total of 522 participants.

According to recent statistics published by the European Commission, Romania is still ranked the last in Europe in the Index of Society and Digital Economy (DESI 2017). Although connectivity grew well in Romania during 2016, Capital Human Capital, Internet Usage, Digital Technology Integration and Digital Public Services remain among the last in Europe.

Campaign ”Hai pe net 2019!” is part of the pan-European digital inclusion campaign ALL DIGITAL Week 2018, where internet access shows the need for improvement. 44% of European citizens do not have basic digital skills; 37% of the workforce is not ready for digital jobs; 14% of European citizens have never used the internet; 49% of citizens have never used a site to verify the truth of facts or news and because 72% of Europe's citizens believe their work will be replaced by robots.

We thank all the participants, collaborators and partners who supported us in organizing the aforementioned activities and we want to be involved in as many types of digital inclusion programs.

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