New initiatives to support digital literacy for seniors in Singapore
The Smart Nation programme was launched by Visa and People’s Association (PA) to provide Singaporean seniors with access to digital skills training. The training curriculum was designed based on the results of the Visa Digital Inclusion Study 2018, which indicated that 84% of Singaporeans aged 50-80 years old owned a smart phone and more than 9 out of 10 used it regularly.
The training workshops will take place at the Visa University learning center. Participants will learn how to use their mobile devices for multiple tasks that include buying products online and making digital payments. According to Kunal Chatterjee, Visa’s Country Manager for Singapore and Brunei, “By bringing more people into the digital financial system, we improve lives, build confidence and strengthen economies. We believe it’s important to partner with People’s Association to provide relevant education to senior citizens, and we intend to work closely with financial institutions to ensure more senior citizens are equipped with access to digital payments and the knowledge to use them.”
This new programme is intended to increase the impact of other digital inclusion programmes for seniors in Singapore, such as the Silver Infocomm Initiative. This programme, organized by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), promotes IT awareness and literacy among the elderly by organizing training bootcamps.