In the context of the ICTskills4All project, whilst maintaining the primary objective of avoiding exposure for elderly people, the Centre for Intergenerational Integration Hipokamp was able to conduct structured sessions in Poland, based on “New future and reality”. To ensure a safe environment, small working groups were created, with less than 4 participants per group.
Assisting seniors in the earliest steps of familiarisation with computers and the internet is already an extremely demanding experience, especially if target groups have no previous knowledge or skills, but this challenge was made even more difficult due to Covid times, as the trainers had to respect safety distancing requirements at all times. Moreover, safety measures such as mouth and nose covering, created a permanent feeling of stress which affected both participants and educators. The activity was conducted with a major sense of responsibility as both learners and educators were in the highest level risk groups.
Nonetheless, a truly positive achievement was made possible: the seniors realized for the first time that ICT skills are absolutely necessary, especially when facing the threat of a lockdown or a permanent social distancing as their new way of living.
The so-called Sessions Experience confirmed a very important learning for general ICT education for seniors: the process of explaining and encouraging seniors with NO digital skills, requires individual, competent approach with particular care and sensitivity.
The true success of the work conducted for ICTSkills4All was that some of the participants decided to buy smartphones and the additional sessions scheduled were adjusted to assist them in the process of familiarising and learning to use the new device.
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