Uruguayan government invests in projects to boost digital literacy and accessibility for seniors and children
From 2015 to 2018, the government of Uruguay seeks to have provided up to 230,000 tablets for retired seniors to learn digital skills through more than 4,000 basic workshops in 88 different communities. These achievements respond to the implementation of a national strategy called Plan Ibirapitá, which was elaborated to improve accessibility for digital technologies among citizens. More than 200 volunteers from the Ministry of Social Development and 150 associations for retired seniors were also offering their support to make this program successful.
Participants of Plan Ibirapitá were trained on how to use different channels for digital communications (such as Facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp), library services, online stores and e-government platforms. According to the organizers, multiple participants have shared positive feedback indicating that digital tools enable them to communicate with their families and build relationships with other groups that have similar interests. Additionally, classes are organized in groups, so participants can learn either from their professors or from each other.
This is just one of the main initiatives that are currently being implemented to provide Uruguayans with access to digital literacy skills. However, further efforts are taking place to train children through the support of Fundación Ceibal and the National Agency for Research and Innovation. These organizations recently closed a call for projects related to “Digital Inclusion: New Horizons for Education,” which will evaluate research projects that provide significant data about how to best leverage ICTs for education.