Today is the World Information Society Day 2013 and to celebrate, Telecentre Europe is proud to publish the official Get Online Week Report.
The focus of the Get Online Week (GOW) in 2013 ( March 18-24th) was on youth and, more precisely, on how to direct a greater number of young people towards digital qualifications and jobs. During the GOW 2013, our active network of national Get Online Week campaign partners joined efforts with ICT companies and public authorities and organised a range of activities in both urban and rural areas to empower young people to use technology.
For more information on the activities in each of the participating countries, the story of the inititative and the impressive Campaign numbers, please download the full report here.
During April, 27 community members participated at the monthly Featured Community Contest at Telecentre-Europe’s community site. They blogged, published, shared, commented & flagged content, and 4 new persons joined the community.
3 featured members were awarded with a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal as WINNERS for February 2013:
- Gold Medal: Yakov Ostanin (Moscow, Russia) for publishing 3 stories, 2 videos and a photo album on GOW2013 that received comments and were widely visited
- Silver Medal: Magdalena Dimkova (Skopje, Macedonia) for publishing publishing 3 stories, 8 videos and a photo album on GOW2013 that received comments and were widely visited
- Bronze Medal: Karolina Jasvinaite (Vilnius, Lithuania) for publishing 4 stories, a video and a photo album on GOW2013 that received comments and were widely visited
» May’s Featured Member Contest is running: Contribute And You Will Be Featured!
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The international “Use IT and Enjoy” project implementers from Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania have met for the second time. The meeting was held last month in Copenhagen and hosted by TE’s Danish member Aeldremobiliseringen (the Association of Danish Senior Citizens).
The project partners met to evaluate and discuss the first results of the project analysis on ICT services availability, usage and needs in the partner countries. They also planned the upcoming activities and they topics to be analyzed and compared.
During the meeting, all project members gained deeper understanding of the project partner’s organization Aeldremobiliseringen and the context it operates in. In addition, the project assumed an acceleration and is stepping forward with the next project tasks.
» Read more on the community site
Nearly half of the European labour force (47%)  is not confident their computer and internet skills are sufficient in today’s labour market, while the demand for employees with ICT skills is growing considerably, by around 3% a year . By 2015, 900.000 ICT job vacancies are forecasted to remain unfilled .
The Europe-wide Get Online Week campaign, organized in 26 countries between 18 and 24 March 2013, highlighted the essential role ICT skills play in today’s society and focused on encouraging young people to take up a career in ICT.
The Get Online Week campaign was organized for the fourth time by Telecentre-Europe, a Pan-European Association that represents 37 local network organizations operating across 27 countries and supported by the Get Online Week Alliance – formed by Accenture, Liberty Global and Microsoft.
Youth unemployment in the EU27 is higher than 20% , while the unmet demand for e-skills will be high in 2015, at a level that will be as much as double the number of qualified graduates . That’s why the campaign this year focused on youth, especially on how to direct more young people into digital qualifications and jobs.
In the field, 26 national Get Online Week campaign partners joined efforts with ICT companies and public authorities and organized a range of activities in both the urban and rural areas of their countries to empower people to use technologies for better jobs and better lives.
» Continue reading on the GOW website
Coworking is growing in the Catalan Network of ICT Points. This new way of working has attracted the interest of some points of the Catalan network of telecentres and they are spreading the new model based on collaboration and synergies between workers.
One of them is an ICT point in the City of Girona “Emprèn Girona”. “Emprèn Girona” accompanies and advises entrepreneurs who have a business idea and want to implement it. They spawn on regular workshops and conferences related to team management, business presence on the Internet or legal issues. Within this cycle, a talk on coworking opportunities has been presented.
» Read more on our community site