Digital skills are becoming increasingly important in today's world. The computer and the internet influence the communication of people with each other as well as their participation in society. The ability to deal with digital media is therefore essential for social participation. Since many people still are not online yet or have difficulties dealing with the digital world, the people who provide accessibility to the internet and try to make the digital media more understandable and available are becoming more important. That content and issues are included in the project Trans eScouts.  

The project Trans eScouts offers a curriculum for facilitators of digital competences (“e-facilitators”), based on a set of learning modules which are adapted to specific national needs. These needs have been identified in national surveys analysing e-facilitators’ tasks and competence gaps. Within the project trainers will be trained in the locally important modules and will then pass on their knowledge to other e-facilitators. The project aims at a nationally standardized and recognized training for e-facilitators. The entire circuit of the Intergenerational learning is based on five modules: training for intergenerational facilitators, training facilitator to work with young people, ICT training young people to work with the elderly, training facilitator to work with the elderly and Mentoring younger people by older. The first module of training for intergenerational facilitators was held in January 2015, and after its implementation trained 14 new e-facilitator. The four modules which are implemented and tested during the Pilot training process:

  • Module 2 “eFacilitators to Youth training”
  • Module 4 “eFacilitators to Seniors training”
  • Module 3 “Youth to Seniors training”
  • Module 5 “Seniors to Youth training”

In Module 2 young people learn ICT skills and get prepared to work with senior people, while in Module 4 seniors get prepared to work with young people and acquire skills to help young people develop personal development, career plan and engage in lifelong learning. In Module 3 young people - trainers teach seniors ICT skills. In Module 5 seniors - mentors help young people develop a personal development plan, provide practical tips to acquire life skills and share experience of their achievements in personal and professional life. Target group training takes place in three pilot countries: Croatia, Latvia and Lithuania. There are 8 different themes offered to acquire in this module. In the innitial stage of project implementation each pilot state has chosen 3 or 4. Croatia is in charge of implementing Basic computing, Internet and WWW, Digital audio, photography & video and Basics and graphic design; Latvia implements content of Internet safety, Social media: creating & sharing online content and E-services; Lithuania is in charge for content Email & Communication, Internet safety and E-services. During the project each country will held 20 hours of lerning content per each module. 

The objectives of the Trans eScouts project are to contribute the professionalization of eFacilitators, extend the use of intergenerational learning and digital competences training, better promote and integrate blended and web 2.0 learning opportunities, encourage further developing e-facilitator profiles and increase participation in Adult education.

The main objective is to facilitate the social and digital inclusion of elderly and youth and improve the lives of the local community through intergenerational dialogue and mutual support while using already proven ILBES methodology. The project started in 2013 and lasts 24 months, and carried out by five organizations: DOT (Spain), Fundacion Esplai (Spain), Telecentre (Croatia), Lia (Lithuania) and LIKT (Latvia).

The project activities and outcomes will be applied mainly in telecentres in cooperation with eFacilitators who are in contact with participants through programs of non-formal learning. eFacilitators will learn through this project how to manage the processes of social, digital and working inclusion and social cohesion and inclusion with two generations at the same time, which will make them as Intergenerational mediators and facilitators.

To ensure the usefulness and practicality of transmission, first will be carried out analysis of the context and each partner who receives this methodology will implement process of "transculturation". Contextualization of a learning program is an important element of the original eScouts project because it ensured the success of the overall initiative and facilitate its further expansion. With that in mind instructions and recommendations are made that will facilitate the implementation of the process itself. The greatest added value of this project will be the establishment of three new intergenerational circles of learning including local and national contexts spreading ILBES methodology and development of intergenerational skills of all facilitators of social inclusion.

For the Trans eScouts project Telecentar included volunteers/students from The Faculty of Teacher Education University of Zagreb and students of journalism from the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University. On our first meeting we encouraged young people to participate in the project, made a brief analysis of the group, introduced Trans eScouts, the learning platform and its functions, the role and functions of the e-facilitators, contents and methodology of the modules Digital audio, photography & video. In the end we established the starting dates and time availability. Participants were introduced to each other and to the trainers. After the project introduction, students found their mentors- seniors who are experienced teachers and journalists. After that we started with our first module - Facilitators to Youngsters Training. We had 3 hours of theoretical lectures about digital photography. Content of the training was: visual communication, what is photography?, photography as an objective witness of time, computerized pictures, picture composition; DSLR camera, lens, viewfinder, aperture, memory card, battery; photographic projects: portraits - people in photos, the landscapes, the beauty of nature in photography, photo events, street photos, sports photos and photos of buildings. We look forward to the practical part which will take 4 hours of photographing and photo analysis. After that part we will have audio and video training, each in the duration of 7 hours. 

Forum 50+ has recruited youth from the Secondary School of Economics in Velika Gorica. We have 13 students and they are all 17 years old. In March we have had five lessons and 20 hours of work. Lessons were about „Basic Computing“ and included internet, e-mail and skype communication, social networks, usage of USB, transfer of media via mobile phone and camera to computer and Office programs (Word, Excel, Power Point).  First lesson was on March 5th. On March 26th we held a meeting between the youth and the seniors where they met each other. So far 10 seniors applied for the project of which 9 are participants of regularly ICT courses. All seniors were entrepreneurs, managers or worked in accounting, finance and human resources.

Green Gold has actively engaged in selecting the appropriate candidates among youngsters and elderly for the next phases of our project. We have selected people who are highly motivated to participate in the project. Our youngsters are familiar with ICT and will gladly transfer basic IT knowledge to the elderly and the elderly (freshly picked from our Sisak Street Gardens project) will teach the youngsters how to garden. Together they will use public networks such as Facebook to follow their progress and will post media (photos, statuses) to show (off) their work. E-facilitator will be available for additional help they might need. Currently we are finishing a training plan and will be ready to start the training in the next 10 days.

 Sources: escouts2.eu/

              Trans efacilitator

              Telecentre Europe

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