About LIST Project


What is the rationale of this project, in terms of objectives pursued and needs to be addressed?

Since the declaration of Lisbon Strategy which stated that Europe should “become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”, an increasing number of initiatives do concentrate on exclusion issues of a great number of people and workers in the European economy. Female participation in the Lifelong learning activities and along with the decrease of the digital gap, became the last years a worrying topic. It is well known that ICT and innovation are among the core policies & priorities of the EU and the National Governments. e-skills week (Feb. 2010, March 2012) offers several initiatives in the field of digital competences and education. But where a whole world is working to fill in the expected gap between demand and supply of ICT related professions, there is an equally concerning phenomenon of shortage of skills needed to make use of technology innovations, which represent one of the main driving forces of the economic recovery (new skills for the digital era). All citizens have to be put in the conditions of being able to use e-solutions to participate to civic and social life, to stay active, and to maintain autonomy at home longer. All the above, have fundamental social implications, apart from economic positive returns. That is why it is Europe’s’ concern to promote lifelong learning in the field of the Information Society, as several policy documents recall: Riga declaration, i2010 initiative, Ageing Well in I.S.; e-skills for 21st Century, ET2020, Lisbon Strategy, LLP, etc.

In short, we address women that for age, level of education and economic status are at risk of exclusion from the I.S., with the consequences this implies in terms of knowledge and therefore economic growth. Inclusion is pursued trying to reduce the intergenerational and gender digital divide (knowledge divide), by developing quality training paths, where the learning process is assisted by the individual tutoring of digital natives.

All this falls within the scope of the above mentioned policies and particularly of the Grundtvig Programme, especially of the objectives “improving the quality, attractiveness and accessibility offered in adult education and for lifelong learning within the Member States” and “assisting people at risk of exclusion”. The adoption of a methodology that takes advantage of the huge potential of the young by transferring their “naturally” possessed digital competences responds to Priority 1, “acquisition of key competences through adult education”, especially for older generations which need to re-approach the lifelong learning activities through intergenerational exchange.

Having the above parameters in mind, the current proposed project aims to contribute positively to the lack of ICT competences and digital literacy identified for a target group that is considered amongst the in need population groups at EU level, with the support of the new generation that reveals a great tendency to fully comprehend new ICT technologies. The main objective is to increase the ICT competences and digital literacy (e-skills) of senior women and promote their participation to the digital environment through the intergenerational exchange of younger generations. Ultimate goal is to answer an urgent European situation made out of low employment of older workers, shortage of critical e-skills and exclusion of specific target groups. This should increase the level of employment, resulting in higher productive activity and ensure full support to the Europe 2020 strategy as well as the Digital Agenda. Furthermore, the project activities will contribute to the promotion of the participation of senior women to VET (Vocational Education and Training) and Continuous VET initiatives, increasing confidence and motivation and helping the 55+ re-engage learning. 

In what way is the project innovative and/or complementary to other projects already carried out?

Europe constitutes a territory facing constant changes in the business, economic and social environment. The “all and more” presented tendency for marginalisation of populations affected by the knowledge divide in the digital society, as well as the phenomenon were different generations have different familiarity with the new technologies lead to a series of difficulties in the above stated sectors. Moreover, the latter problems tend to become even more severe when certain groups with specific social characteristics are examined, such as the proposed project’s target group. Senior women reveal a lack of digital competences and e-literacy and are driven out of the business, economic and social context, confronting a gap to today’s needs in ICT competences and their own knowledge on the field. Thus presenting greater risk of experiencing exclusion and unwanted feelings breaking the social homogeneity. Since policies against age discrimination are not sufficiently supported, lifelong learning practices must be developed to adverse this situation. The arisen age barriers in EU constitute constrains in the society of the Member-States and this pressing priority can be battled with training and LL activities and approaches by solid actors of the EU territory, such as the Consortium.
LIST project introduces an incremental innovation that is an innovation regarding something already existing, but improved and adapted to the needs of the target group. It is in fact little new that several local governments, adults free education centres, even relevant ICT vendors, for different motivations, have tackled the digital delay of senior citizens. However, LIST consortium brings an innovation under the following aspects:

  1. Context, in particular for what it concerns target groups chosen: a. senior women with low levels of education or inactive; b. young people, the so-called digital natives, possibly studying in schools preparing to pedagogic professions. The choice was made considering the higher resistances, because of fears, family obligations, feeling of inadequacy, etc. on the part of women towards the digital society and at the same time, their crucial role in family and social life, which needs to be supported by positive initiatives. At the same time, young people possess e-skills but lack in transversal competencies (communication, empathy, self-confidence, sometimes tolerance). The partnership believes that they present an immense potential to be exploited, i.e. their modernity and at the same a relevant work of social growth to do.
  2. Product/service: the courses will be tailored to target group needs, through a needs analysis that will have the side objective of raising awareness on the interviewees, making them access to the topic in a friendly and not committing way.
  3. Process: the learning process will take place in an intergenerational environment, with a win-win approach, where both target groups gain something (senior women, accompaniment during learning and young people, training and experience).
At a more general level, the skills expressed by the partnership guarantee themselves more scientific, reliable and therefore transferable models and tools developed to the educational and decision making systems..

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