Intergenerational cooperation boosts digital literacy in Slovenia
An article released by Forbes in early October 2018, shared the story of Simbioza, a not-for-profit organization promoting digital literacy for seniors in Slovenia. According to the article, the project consists of placing “older people with no or low digital skills in a room with young people who are willing to teach basic digital skills on volunteering bases.”
The training consists of a five-day workshop where young volunteers teach seniors different basic digital skills that range from connecting to the internet and using social media to accessing online government services. Its main strength is leveraging intergenerational bonds to promote an interest in digital skills through active in-person cooperation.
Using public locations with broadband infrastructure (such as schools and libraries), the organization was able to connect over 9 thousand people within 5 days on over 300 locations throughout the country. Today, Simbioza runs five different projects using intergenerational cooperation to boost digital literacy.