From: "Patrick SCHOULLER"
Subject: Programme ETEN / Projet de i-inclusion coordonné par IGo LEUVEN Belgique cherche des partenaires Dear Sir, We have a projectproposal ready in Belgium, and are still looking for other European partnerships to join us at short notice. It concerns a market validation in e-Inclusion. Project Proposal: Digid@k+ 1. Definition Nowadays we are living in a high tech society. New trends and developments in ICT are accumulating very fast. Apparently a non ICT working environment is currently inconceivable. When looking for information on companies, institutions, government, traffic… more and more we are being referred to the internet. Good for many of us, but not for all. Certain groups of people are at risk of being left behind, sometimes because they don’t have the necessary ICT skills at their disposal, sometimes because they don’t have infrastructural ICT access available in their own environments. Both cases can be catalogued as digital exclusion. This digital divide separates ICT haves from ICT have-nots. 2. Project proposal: short summary Main goal of this project is reaching out for those groups of people not yet disposing of ICT basic skills. By creating innovative low level ICT learning environments within the functioning of organisations, associations and neighbourhoods, we want to lower the threshold for these groups for introduction to new media. We want to stimulate and sensibilisate them to get acquainted with computer, internet, software,… During free entrance moments visitors can use the learning environments including the counsellors present to experiment with ICT applications. Emphasis will be put on individual needs and wishes connecting to the social environment of the visitor. Getting acquainted with ICT is a footboard to initiation and follow-up courses to finally enhance the social and economical position of individuals. For initiations offered within the learning environments, adapted didactical methods will be used oriented to reaching the target groups. Thanks to the process of stimulation, sensibilisation, initiation and education these groups will acquire skills that are nowadays indispensable in our information and knowledge based society. Undoubtedly this process will contribute to strengthen the labour market position of individuals and create more chances in the labour market as a whole. By embedding the ICT learning environments within the so called foster organisations, a large number of people can be reached. Those who visit the foster organisations will enter the ICT learning environment there much easier then an educational location where they are not acquainted. In stead of leading these people to ICT courses, we bring ICT to their own environments. To reach also those people who are not visitors of these organisations, we will use mobile learning environments. This way we are very flexible in reaching all kinds of organisations like nursing homes, homes for the elderly,… Offering services like helping people how to look for a job using the internet or how to find information on governmental websites will also be emphasised. The learning environments will go further then just offering infrastructure and guidance to obtain technical skills. Using ICT in a way that enhances the social and economical position of individuals will be stimulated. This way we will really be working on mending the digital divide. All the actions within the learning environments are focused on reaching the target groups we spoke of. This we call the final target group. We also aim for another group of people, namely the intermediate target group. We want to offer one year working experience to low skilled and long-term job seekers. These people will be taking care of administrative and technical support of the ICT learning environments. To stimulate and guide them in re-entering a working environment after a long period of being unemployed we create extended training and personal guidance. The intermediate target group is offered technical training as well as attitude training and has a personal social counsellor available. At several moments during their working year evaluation moments take place where personal progress is measured. After a year of building up working experience in the ICT learning environments they are ready to enter the regular labour market circuits. To make the transition easier special training for job application is offered near the end of the working experience. The project in this form was established in Turnhout, Belgium in 7 organisations. It ran for 2 years under support of ESF as a pilot project; with the support of the government of Flanders for the working experience part and with the support of the local authority of Turnhout. As a local project it proved to be a working formula for reaching the targeted groups. A project website was established to spread the information on the project: www.digidak.be. On this website a digital handbook is available where the whole procedure followed is described. Also all the instruments and materials used are downloadable from the website: www.digidak.be/digitaalhandboek User name: handbook Password: dighb A report with collected number material on visitor profiles is also available: http://www.digidak.be/documenten/Rapportresultaten2004.pdf 3. partners The prototype is now ready for market validation. We would very much like to see this concept tested in other parts of Belgium and of course also see if it can be transferred to other European countries. During the dissemination part of the ESF pilot project several Belgian communities indicated that they were interested in deploying the concept in their own community. Therefore we already have partners in Belgium to join the project: · SPK will coördinate deployment in Herentals · Houthalen Helchteren under coordination of BLM-Genk · Genk under coordination of BLM-Genk · IGO Leuven will coordinate deployment in several small communities in their own region Since this will be a European project we are still looking for a partner in another country. Organisatie: Strategisch Plan Kempen vzw www.spk.be Contactpersoon: Ilse Van Gorp, projectcoördinator Digid@k firstname.lastname@example.org +32/ 14 71 11 08 I you are interested or if you know an organisation in France who might be interested, please let us know Marja Alaerts IGO LEUVEN Aarschotsesteenweg 212 3010 Kessel-Lo (LEUVEN) * +32-(0)16 80 58 38 * +32-(0)16 80 58 39 gsm 0496 / 25 85 29 * Marja.Alaerts@igo-leuven.be ONDERNEMINGSNUMMER BTW BE 0862 962 775 RPR Leuven **************************** Patrick SCHOULLER Ministère de l'Economie des Finances et de l'Industrie Direction Générale des Entreprises - STSI Représentant national aux comités des programmes IST, E-TEN, E-CONTENT, SIAP, MODINIS, IDABC Point de contact national E-TEN et SIAP