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’ ”.