Get Online Week 2011 in Lithuania was coordinated by Langas į ateitį (Window to the future). During 2010-2012 this non-profit association is implementing the ESF funded project “Online services for a Lithuanian e-citizen” in which 16.000 participants are trained on ICT basics and online services.
Lithuania was the PR Queen of Europe, as the Get Online Week message reached over 100.000 campaign supporters. The PR activities included interviews on a national TV channel, press conferences and a round table about e-Skills together with authorities and business partners.
A very special person – the Lithuanian Prime Minister Mr. Andrius Kubilius – addressed the importance of the digital inclusion and encouraged the participation in the campaign through a video speech.While the online counter registered almost 30.000 people online, another 80.000 were able to follow-up the campaign through national well-known web portals.
Another video, made by Langas į ateitį shows trainees of a basic computer course during Get Online Week 2011.
» watch the video containing interviews with trainer Laurencija Navagrudskaitè and trainees Irene Kirilova and Elena Garšvienè.
Some excerpts from the interviews:
Laurencija Navagrudskaitè (trainer): “We’ve already had learners of 76 and 86 years old. The record breaker was a man of 90 years old. Very many people come in and say, from almost the first day, ‘for me, it is important to pay public utility charges and to avoid standing in queues’ ”.
Irene Kirilova (nurse): “Well, I don’t want to be lagging behind my family. My grand-daughter and daughter know how to use the computer, and I don’t know anything. So I decided to learn a bit for myself.”
Elena Garšvienè (physician): “Because I have to write reports each year, and I always have to ask for help from my children or someone else, or from my colleagues who know how to use the computer. I would like to do everything on my own. Children… well perhaps they could teach me, but instead they say ‘mom let me do that for you’ ”.
This videospeech uploaded by Langas į ateitį (Window to the future) – Get Online Week’s national partner in Lithuania – shows the Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius adressing the importance of digital inclusion and encouraging all Lithuanians to participate in Get Online Week 2011.
For the Get Online Week campaign in 2011, Macedonia was ranked 14th with 223 registered supporters who filled in the digital counter posted on the website of Open the Windows, the national partner for Macedonia. A total of 72 supporters were first-time computer users.
Several media and civic organizations supported Get Online Week, which was organized for the first time in Macedonia: Alfa TV, Studentsko radio, “Poraka Nasa” from Kumanovo, the “Metamorphosis” Foundation, the IT.com.mk portal and Microsoft Macedonia. They aired information or posted direct links on their websites to the Macedonian digital counter.
Over the past years Malta has managed to achieve widespread connectivity through infrastructure investment and market liberalisation. Although Malta has a DSL coverage of 99% and an internet household penetration rate of 65%, the Community Empowerment Organization (CEO) is continuing its efforts to try and bridge the digital divide.
As a result of this, the CEO was the national coordinator of the Get Online Week 2011, organised by Telecentre-Europe and in which over 27 European countries + 3 non-European countries took part. As a part of the Get Online Week, over 300 offliners went online, in CEO’s 16 telecentres across Malta & Gozo.
The Community Empowerment Organization believes that ICT also acts as a social equalizer as it offers the tools that enable vulnerable individuals to participate more actively within the community. ICT offers everyone an opportunity to lead a richer life. However digital divides may give rise to digital poverties and new forms of exclusions in themselves. National efforts should ensure that ICT serve as a channel conducive to social cohesion.