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Get Online Week 2011 in Malta

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.

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Get Online Week 2011 in Poland

“Tydzień z Internetem 2011”, the Polish round of pan European “Get Online Week 2011” campaign focused on encouraging a maximum number of persons to make use of the Internet, and was organised for the first time in Poland in March 2011.

Events throughout Poland, addressed primarily to 50+ generation not using the Internet, were attended by over 6.000 people. By total number of participants, Poland took the fourth place among nearly 30 countries, but the first among the countries attending for the first time.

The meetings took place in public libraries throughout the country, also at e‑centres, located in rural community public buildings such as local councils, schools, cultural centres or village day activity centres. Meetings were attended by 6 786 participants in total, of whom over 60% were over 55 years of age, predominantly pensioners and retirees, as well as public officers and the unemployed. For over 3 thousand participants the meetings were an unique opportunity to use the Internet for the very first time and learn about its benefits.

The coordinator of the Polish round of the Get Online week 2011 was the Information Society Development Foundation (Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego – FRSI), implementing the Library Development Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. Organisation of meetings in libraries was assisted by scouts from the Polish Scouting Association and local volunteers. At e-centres the initiative was promoted by the Foundation Supporting Physically Disabled Mathematicians and IT Specialists.

» Download the complete report of Get Online Week 2011 in Poland

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Get Online Week 2011 in Romania

EOS Foundation formed a digital alliance that carried out the campaign in Romania. Over 500 telecentres, schools and libraries were the Romanian heroes of a succesful national campaign. Thousands of teachers got online for the first time during the week, as activities have been correlated with larger efforts of the Romanian Ministry of Education. At the end of the campaign, the Get Online counter showed that 16.961 Romanians had become involved!

Gabi Barna, Chair of Telecentre-Europe and Director of EOS Foundation said:

“The people who visit telecentres during Get Online Week, will be supported this week, and next week, and likely for a number of weeks to come. They started a journey of discovery about computers and the internet, which will lead them to benefit from better job prospects and wage premiums. They will have better social, community and civic connections, and personal economic savings and benefits to them, as well as macro-economic savings and benefits to their governments and to industry”.

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Get Online Week 2011 in Russia

PH International with its Your Course: Digital Literacy (Tvoy Kurs) Program was the national coordinator for the Get Online Week in Russia. They have localized the campaign materials and developed recommendations for the Russian audience, which were used not only in Russia, but by a wide network of ICT-centres in Eurasia.

The event was promoted through the extensive network of PH partners and alumni and received a ready response – 40 organizations outside of YCDL network registered for a Get Online Week. As a result, the number of participants reached 6.020 people, which three times exceeds the planned target.

Out of all registered users, 35% were first time users, and out of all people trained during the campaign over 80% were first time users, hence we consider the event a big success. 58% of participants were women, 42% – men. Most of the registered votes came from students (41%) and… retired people (21%). Among the working groups the most active were representatives of the state/municipal sector (17%).

» Download the complete report of Get Online Week 2011 in Russia

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