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ICDL Start Pilot Programme Complements the Aims of Adult Learners’ Week 2012 – Australia

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11 September 2012

Digital literacy was the theme of ‘Adult Learners' Week 2012’, which took place last week (1 – 8 September) in more than 55 countries, and was coordinated nationally in Australia by ‘Adult Learning Australia’.

According to Adult Learning Australia’s CEO, Ms. Sally Thompson:

"Technology has revolutionised the working and everyday lives of Australians but as technology continues to grow, people who do not embrace the digital revolution may be more at risk of isolation and an inability to manage their own lives… the speed with which technology is moving means the divide between the digitally literate and illiterate is growing."

This need to provide Australian adult learners – many of whom are from socially disadvantaged backgrounds – with the essential ICT skills needed for participation in modern Australia was identified in a recent joint ICDL Australia- Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) pilot programme.

In April 2012, the delivery of an essential ICT skills pilot project took place across urban and rural Victoria, Australia, under the guidance of the ACFE Board. Through this pilot, community colleges and neighbourhood houses under the ‘Learn Local’ initiative have been provided access to the 4-module digital literacy certification, ICDL Start. The modules that make up ICDL Start focus on the key skills that an adult needs to have to be part of a digitally connected and inclusive society and also prepare pathways for work ready programmes.

The main aim of this pilot project has been to improve social inclusion amongst socially disadvantaged and disengaged communities of adult learners to gain basic ICT skills in order to enhance the learner’s options to participate in work, whether paid or unpaid, and/or further study, in addition to equipping them with the skills needed to access essential goods and government services.

Learn more about Adult Learners’ Week 2012 in Australia.