One of the innovative activities of the project CONNECTED LITHUANIA is an e-scouts’ network which has been created using the project best practice experienced by association Langas į ateitį (LIA) with All Digital partners. It is expected the activity will involve 1,500 young volunteers from all municipalities of the country.
How the concept of e-scouts originated
E-scouts concept was discovered in Erasmus+ project Trans eScouts implemented with All Digital partners from Croatia, Spain, Latvia and Lithuania represented by association Langas į ateitį.
The idea of the project was to facilitate the socio-digital inclusion of elderly and youth improving local community life by ways of the intergenerational dialogue and mutual support.
After successful implementation of Trans eScouts project in Lithuania, we decided to adapt e-scouts initiative in the project CONNECTED LITHUANIA.
E-scouts’ network started
The project CONNECTED LITHUANIA aims to encourage Lithuanians to acquire the necessary digital skills to use the Internet efficiently, comprehensively, safely and responsibly, actively involving local communities in these activities. One of the newly started project activities - e-scouts‘ network – is created to meet this goal.
E-scouts‘ network connects local community members and 14-29 year old volunteers who are committed to take online training and spend time in the public library providing help and consulting library visitors. Two main topics are tackled: safety online and everyday smartphone functionality (WIFI, apps, email, e-services, etc.) according to the library visitor‘s needs and questions. Though the e-scout initiative is run for the first time in Lithuania, already during the first three months 104 e-scouts have joined the network, 71 of them are girls.
Dominykas (16), a recently joined e-scout, who is also a volunteer in local scouts’ organization, revealed how he decided to join the e-scouts’ network,
"I found out about this initiative during the scouts’ spring festival. Information provided about this activity drew my attention and the presentation by “Langas į ateitį” team how to join the e-scouts’ network was very clear. I found it great, so I am in".
One of the first volunteers, Sabina (15), shared her experience, "It was a really fun and useful activity, as I was not only advising the people I do not know but also got an opportunity to make friends with them. Everyone was kind and curious, so I was happy to help".
1,500 e-scouts are expected to join the project, and 7,500 library visitors and local community members will benefit.
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The project CONNECTED LITHUANIA is implemented by Information Society Development Committee and partners: The Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania; M. Mažvydas National Library; Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and Association “Langas į ateitį”.
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the budget of the Republic of Lithuania.