The ageing of the population is the most characteristic feature of the demographicevolution in EU countries. An increasing number of people 65+ in the EU represent twobasic challenges:- to integrate elderly people into the socio-economic development- to create an age-inclusive society.In connection with this fact, it is necessary to encourage all the activities which help tosustain the quality of seniors’ lives for as long as possible. One of the activities whichcan contribute to an active “third age” is senior education and training (SET). As studiesreveal (G2 SET, G1 LENA projects) computer literacy of senior citizens older than 65 ison a low level in the EU. Only a small percentage of seniors are able to routinely usethe Internet or other computer programs. The interest of seniors in ICT courses is notvery significant. From previous research it is also apparent that senior education cannotbe focused on professional education but it should be concentrated on personaldevelopment covering family life and the interests of the participants. It is desirable to“tailor educational activity” to senior needs. In this case professional, family, leisure timeand other priorities can be taken into consideration. The best way to achieve thesegoals is for seniors themselves to be able to create topics and forms of education. PCliteracy can be a very powerful tool to fulfil this aim. If seniors acquire computer literacy,then PC will enable them to communicate both between each other and the lecturerswho deal with individual topics.Within the project it is first necessary to create seniors’ interest so that they are willing toobtain a basic computer literacy. Then on the basis of this interest, to teach them properICT skills and to show them how they can practically use the knowledge in activecreation of content through the internet platform (SETIP). During the active discussionamongst the large group of seniors from all project countries (using ICT), naturalselection of topics will occur and the aim to interconnect education with the personaldevelopment of seniors will be fulfilled.Impact of the project:- increased interest of seniors in ICT including its practical daily use.- involving as large a number of seniors as possible in one common educational system(both seniors currently studying at U3A or participating in similar activities in partnershipcountries, and seniors who have not get involved in more extensive educationalactivities yet e.g. senior service, senior clubs, study circles, etc.)- make the education attractive for seniors thanks to their participation in the educationalprocess and because of the international extent of the whole system offering thepossibility of various points of view and various information sources.- possibility of use of the SETIP system by other educational institutions (U3A etc.)within the EU, using both direct connection into the system and its software andorganizational model to build their own network.
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