"Get Online Week" offered workshops and training at the Telecentres International Meeting held in Fuerteventura last 24&25th March.

Over 200 people from European and African countries participated at this week’s International Telecentre Network Meeting, “Fuerteventura Meeting Point” – a conference for telecentre networks to debate on cooperation formulas between telecentre communities in Spain and African and Latin American networks.

The Fuerteventura Meeting is linked to the 'Get Online Week' (getonlineweek.eu), an activity organized by the 'Telecentre-Europe' Association, with 19 partner countries and over 700 000 participants at European level. The 'Get Online Week' is part of the 'Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs' and was launched in 2010. This annual event covers the objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe, especially those regarding digital literacy, skills and inclusion.

Telecentres, as free-access public spaces focusing on generating projects and initiatives for citizens through digital tools, have acquired great importance at the international level, connecting people from different countries through information technologies. 7 out of 10 of these centres are located in localities with less than 10 000 inhabitants, therefore providing a good opportunity for their socio-economic empowerment.

Organized by the Spanish Association of Telecentre Networks (ACRT) in collaboration with the 'Red Semilla de Fuerteventura', the Research & Information Society Agency of the Canary Islands, Casa África and the Council of Fuerteventura, this international conference will offer lectures by technological development experts and telecentre network managers from different international platforms and bodies.

The opening lecture will be delivered by Seth Sall, DG Digital Economy of the Ministry of Communication and Telecommunications of the Government of the Republic of Senegal, the first of an eminently international collection of lecturers, among whom Hoda Dahroug, from the Egyptian Telecentre NetworkMara Jakobson, President of Telecentre Europe, and Miguel Raimilla, Managing Director at Telecentre.org.

Another sessions have also focused on the improvement of telecentres at local and national level, with round tables on best practices, the redefinition of projects for future-bound telecentres and new formulas for certifying knowledge and competences in the IT sector.

The second day was held a Workshop, organized within the framework of the “Spanish Local Coalition”, whose purpose is to bring together professionals from telecentre networks, companies, bodies and individuals interested in becoming a part of the Local Coalition. The experts and Telecentre managers were working on defining the objectives, challenges and forthcoming activities of the Coalition.


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