Czech success story – GOW2013 workshops for experts

Training of trainers – it is an extremely important task of the GOW2013 in the Czech Republic. We have to care about sustainability of the campaign and the employment issue, which became a main topic of the campaign of this year, is attracting more and more attention because of the economic situation in the Czech Republic. The unemployment rate is growing a similar way as in other EC member states. Of course, the situation is not so sharp so far but people would like to know how to increase their chances at the job market.


As a part of promoting the campaign among children and youth two seminars were organized fotr teachers and carers in Odolena Voda, a small town in the Central Bohemian Region, and the city of Brno, the heart of the South Moravian Region. The workshops were attended by 60 educators from the area. Two lecturers from the National Safer Internet Centre, Roman Maca and Jana Andresova, introduced there the Get Online Week campaign that was just taking place and recommended that participants visit the campaign webpage, where they can assess their online abilities by trying out the Skillage test and other learning tools. The lecturers were able to stimulate a creative atmosphere and the lively discussions among the participants revolved around topics such as:

  • Better use of ICTs for work with children and youth at schools
  • Improvement of ICT skills as an opportunity of lending a chance of a better work position in the future
  • Safer use of the Internet, etc.

The discussed topics included better use of ICT when working with children and youth at schools; better ICT skills for better jobs and Safer Internet use.

Attention was given also on social media and on digital footprint. Young people are often not aware of the fact that negative or false virtual identity can have adverse effects on their futures. An interesting handbook for youth was presented during the workshop: „The Web We Want“. Attendees of the workshops are now able to explain how to use the material for teaching and stimulating young people to be aware and think about their rights and responsibilities online.


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