The ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding signing by National Digital Coaliton partners took place during ICT2013 conference CREATE,CONNECT, GROW in Vilnius on November 7th. Lots of attention, lots of important people and mass media. The ceremony was honored by EC vicepresident Neelie Kroes who gave a speach and above all - signed the Memorandum together with 11 Lithuanian partners.
In 2002 association Langas i ateiti (eng.Window to the Future) was established by Lithuanian socially responsible businesses with the goal to increase the usage of Internet. Exciting 10 years passed very fast! We initiated first hundreds of public Internet access points, trained over 120 000 adults on computer literacy basics, encouraged Lithuanian society to use e-government services, presented rules to be safe online, promoted Internet learning. We have gained great experience, learnt a lot and had moments to remember. Our courses participants feedback and numerous Lithuanian and EC awards proved we were on the right way. The number of Internet users was increasing rapidly. One of our main strong points was cooperation with central and local government, other NGO as well as local communities. In 2003 Lars A.Jeurling, Senior consultant of World Bank said: “Langas į ateitį (Window to the future) could be a model example for other countries .It is a rare case when private and public institutions successfully cooperate”.
The background of National Digital Coalition birth in LT
When recent unemployment, especially of young people, hit record levels in EU and Lithuania but at the same time thousands of ICT specialists are in need Langas į ateitį decided to review our strategy. Actually we were inspired by Telecentre-Europe , the member if which Langas į ateitį is since 2008. The idea of creating local coalition for digital jobs was born. To our great suprise after Dublib DAA in June in a pretty short time we organized a team of enthusiastic personalities (digital champion, young advisors to VP N.Kroes among them) to do the preparatory job and establish National Digital coalition. 11 important different actors were sellected: 3 ministries responsible for DA, unempoyment and ICT professionals, 2 universities and 6 NGO involved in information society development projects. We decided to unite forces again to improve the situation in the country and support EC invitation to join Grand Coalition for digital jobs.
All nice holidays are over and we look forward to the very interesting and challenging future: implementation of the goals forseen by National digital coalition members in Lithuania: to substantially reduce the shortage of ICT professionals, to attract more young people to choose ICT and other sciences porfessions, raise public awareness of the importance of digital skills and competences. We will use our experince again – unite forces and win.
Please visit our National Digital Coalition website: www.skaitmeninekoalicija.lt
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