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North East Eldersurf Intergen Bootcamp to promote IT literacy among senior citizens

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 25, 2016
Through a series of IT workshops, over 450 seniors will learn basic computer usage such as introduction to parts of a computer, keyboard and mouse skills and the Windows operating system.

For the first time ever, 18 schools from the North East district will come together to bring infocomm to seniors.

This initiative is a joint collaboration effort by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), North East Community Development Council (NE CDC), POSB Bank and the participating schools.

Also known as the North East Eldersurf Intergen Bootcamp, it is in line with IDA's Silver Infocomm Initiative, which aims to promote IT awareness and literacy among seniors so that they can be actively engaged in the digital age.

Held from 15 November 2015 to 30 March 2016, the workshops are conducted at schools in both English and Mandarin languages; and are led by student cyberguides and volunteers aged between 10 and 15 years old, who uses their IT knowledge to help seniors while fostering bonds.

Through a series of three-hour IT workshops, over 450 seniors will learn basic computer usage such as introduction to parts of a computer, keyboard and mouse skills and the Windows operating system. The seniors will also learn more about e-entertainment, the Internet, and e-mails, amongst others.

Part of the curriculum is the use of POSB's self-service banking and SMS banking services, through hands-on experience, customised to make banking transactions easier for seniors.

"When we initiate a programme, it is always about benefitting our residents. I am glad that both the seniors and the younger generation are involved in this one. Eldersurf promotes picking up new skills while the two generations bond and the best thing to come out of this programme is the appreciation of what each other could offer," said Teo Ser Luck, Mayor of North East District.

"The world is becoming more digital and we want to play our part to ensure that our seniors are not left behind. As we promote financial literacy to seniors, we want to also ensure that our elders take full advantage of POSB's suite of digital banking services so as to enjoy greater convenience. We are glad to support this initiative to help our seniors live life to the fullest," added Derrick Goh, Head of POSB.

According to a media statement, the programme has received positive responses so far, with many seniors expressing their delight at the ease of communicating with loved ones and sourcing for information with infocomm.

 

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