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Seniors and youths in Singapore gather for Intergenerational IT Bootcamp

Zafirah Salim | March 19, 2015
The Bootcamp was held across 13 schools where seniors are guided through a basic infocomm lesson by their grandchildren or student volunteers, aged between 10 and 16 years old.

Over 420 seniors in Singapore took part in a six-day Intergenerational IT Bootcamp at the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and Radin Mas Single Member Constituency (SMC).

Held from March 16, the Bootcamp was held across 13 schools where seniors are guided through a basic infocomm lesson by their grandchildren or student volunteers, aged between 10 and 16 years old.

Organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in collaboration with the People's Association (PA) and participating schools, the workshops - conducted in English and Mandarin - cover a range of skills such as how to use the computer, surf the Internet as well as lessons on eHealth and cyber tips to remain protected online.

According to a joint media statement, this Bootcamp is part of IDA's Silver Infocomm Initiative (SII), which aims to help senior citizens pick up basic IT skills and applications in a convenient and friendly environment. In addition, it also gives students the opportunity to act as cyberguides, using their IT knowledge to help and bond with the senior citizens.

"Many members of our Pioneer Generation tell us that they want to pick up essential digital skills in order to communicate with their friends and families.  We figured that one way for them to get over their anxieties around technology is to ask their grandchildren or other family members to help teach them," said Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of the IDA. "It is heartening to see so many seniors embracing IT and using this Bootcamp as an opportunity for family bonding. We hope they can be an inspiration to other seniors to embrace all things digital."

Since 2010, a total of 62 schools have co-organised 100 bootcamps and reached out to some 2,000 pairs of seniors and students.

 

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