Intergenerational Bootcamps to bridge digital divide in Singapore

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) Silver Infocomm Initiative is a program designed to enhance the digital skills of seniors and provide them with available equipment for access to the web. The benefits offered by the organization consist in the establishment of free hotspots in community centers where different training alternatives are offered, including both cheap courses and support from “cyber guides” that share their knowledge with their peers.

However, in order to address the exclusion of the elderly in the digital age and increase IT awareness among the community, IDA has adopted a new approach that consists in the elaboration of Intergenerational IT bootcamps. Around 145 of these workshops have so far supported over 3,000 senior participants in the island with the collaboration of diverse civil organizations and schools.

The program takes advantage of the natural skills of young digital natives and pair them with senior individuals that are fairly new to the field of information technologies. Besides from learning valuable skills – such as how to use Windows, government portals, online banking and access to on-demand entertainment – bonds are created with the young by engaging elders in digital technologies.

 

Additional Sources: CNBC