The DigitalScouts project aims to create an educational offer that qualifies digital scouts to support older people in using digital tools to let them benefit from the opportunities of digitalisation for social, cultural and political participation and the area of health promotion. This will contribute to meeting the challenges of the digital transformation in society and help to close the still existing digital divide with ever increasing negative impacts for excluded persons.
In particular regarding older people, it is important to be able to respond to individual knowledge, learning speed and interests, but also to functional limitations, fears or insecurities. Therefore, facilitators need learning opportunities that include knowledge about digital technologies and the chances ICT offers as well as the specifics of learning in old age and communication with older adults. We want to contribute to fulfilling the above-mentioned needs by a ‘Digital Training’, a flexible a low-threshold learning offer that is oriented towards the needs of future facilitators. The Digital Training will adequately prepare Digital Scouts in terms of content and didactics for accompanying older people. At the same time, the project aims at improving the availability of high-quality learning opportunities in adult education within the framework of blended learning.
Combining the particularly good accessibility and flexibility of the Digital Training with face-to-face events, the Toolkit for trainers will help to ensure the exchange of learning experiences and the possibility to respond to individual learning needs. Another objective is the further establishment of support offers for older adults, e.g. courses, counselling points, personal support at home etc. to promote opportunities of digital participation. This objective is also linked closely to the priority to contribute to meet the challenges of the digital transformation through the development of digital readiness.