Pursuing the mission to encourage the information society in Lithuania, Langas į ateitį has recently finished implementing the project "Online services for a Lithuanian e-Citizen". During this 2-year project more than 16.200 adults were learning to use computers, internet, public and business e-services. The project was funded by the European Social Fund.
The training courses concentrated on 3 main target groups: the unemployed, people with disabilities and the rural population. The project promoted a solution for the social exclusion problem arising because of the limited possibilities of Lithuanian residents to use modern technologies.
Having learned to use a computer, internet and e-services, more socially vulnerable groups are now able to integrate more quickly into community life & the labour market, and have more possibilities to study and communicate.
The ambition to understand modern technologies was equally strong among both urban and rural population. Once the appropriate conditions for learning were offered, inhabitants of smaller areas of Lithuania were willingly attending the courses and showed their interest in the opportunities offered by the internet.
The majority of the rural population were trained in public libraries: courses were organised in 350 library branches.
More than half of the course participants were unemployed people; one-third had jobs; whereas 14% of the course graduates introduced themselves as economically inactive residents. The survey results show that even average or lower-skilled jobs on today’s labour market require ICT skills as workplaces are becoming increasingly dependent on modern technologies.
The majority of the unemployed were invited to the courses by 28 regional Labour Exchange branches.
Before and after the completion of the courses, project participants were asked to evaluate their habits and needs to use the computer and internet. The majority of the participants said that after the courses:
• they more frequently use the computer for their work;
• they more often use internet for information search;
• they use the acquired skills for job-seeking;
• they use the internet more frequently for both entertainment & self-education.
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