In the context of the European Union, two of the most important changes that marked the 21st century are the emergence of an elderly population at a rate that has never been seen before and the rapidly developing information and communication technologies. While it is necessary that the simultaneous development of these two changes should support each other, the elderly population is the part of society that is the farthest from the technology.
This project offers us two concepts that need to be integrated with each other for a better future in the new world: Seniors and ICT. The aging population will be isolated from social life and have bigger difficulties to cope with the different situations brought by aging if they are left alone and cannot integrate with technology. Seniors, who may have difficulty in leaving their homes, will not ne excluded from social life thanks to technology, they will be able to undertake their tasks, shopping, bank transactions more easily, connect with their loved ones through technological means and access lifelong learning opportunities on the internet. Thus, the technology will not only eliminate the feelings of loneliness but will also contribute to their participation in social life through various platforms.
In this context, this project will examine how information and communication technologies can be used to increase the participation of seniors in social life and will identify and share good practices.. It has been documented that ICT drives seniors’ social inclusion. With the help of materials, practices, techniques and approaches they observe, partner organizations will be able to extend their practices to include ICT and technology in seniors’ education and activities and therefore they will contribute to social inclusion of seniors.
In this context, objectives of this Project are:
-To compare, contrast, identify and promote good practice that can enhance seniors’ active social inclusion in social life and lifelong learning practices
-To enhance the provision of good quality learning opportunities to seniors
-To contribute to seniors' social inclusion by using ICT in partner countries
-To develop and extend the competences of adult education providers and organizations that work with adults in general and seniors in particular
-To demonstrate the significant role ICT plays in ensuring social inclusion of seniors and their active participation in social life and lifelong learning through current practices across EU
-To present identified best practices and develop new ideas to prepare a Good Practice Resource Guide and Seniors@ICT social media channel.
-To drive social change and contribute to society’s outlook to seniors’ active involvement in society by writing and sending a report on Positive Impact of ICT on Seniors’ Social Inclusion to policy makers in adult education sphere and by providing local, regional, national and EU level dissemination activities
These objectives will be achieved with ICT for Seniors’ Social Inclusion- Seniors@ICT Project which will be conducted in a 26-month period with participation of 9 partners from Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Scotland, United Kingdom and Italy and expected results are:
-increased social inclusion skills for seniors
-increased ICT skills and competences for seniors
-increased competences and skills for educators in partner organizations
-increased capacity of partner organizations to serve seniors and inclusive EU
-6 short term joint training events and 1 transnational meeting with 126 participants from 9 partners (18 participants in each event in addition to local participants and stakeholders who attend these events).
- Good Practice Resource Guide and Seniors@ICT social media channels
- Report on Positive Impact of ICT on Seniors’ Social Inclusion