Already a partner in all previous campaign editions, EOS Foundation again, for the tenth time, was the Romanian national partner for ALL DIGITAL Week 2019.
The 10th edition of Hai pe net! (national name) digital inclusion campaign was implemented by EOS Romania Foundation as national partner together with a large and active community of schools, public libraries, NGOs, public access points, computer clubs for seniors and children.
150 centres registered this year for the campaign in order to develop literacy and digital inclusion activities in their local communities and they organised in total more than 200 online and offline activities for over 11,000 people.
Many of the centres that joined the campaign are located in small and rural communities, where the access to communication and technologies is limited. Activities and events implemented locally by national partners covered several topics. Some of this topics were suggested and written by EOS in the campaign guide which was delivered before the start of the events at national level.
From the topics suggested by national partners, activities which marked digital inclusion week in Romania and attracted a big number of participants were related to:
First click: more than 80 courses, workshops and activities for absolute beginners were implemented with the aim to support people that never used a computer in their journey to a digital life;
Digital competences? No Problem! This category of activities aimed to test digital competences for secondary and high school students using IC3 simulations which were provided by Certipro Education. 730 IC free simulations were taken during the campaign week;
Creative programming through Minecraft Education Edition: school students learned how to code and to create their own games using Minecraft tutorials for beginners. More than 30 Minecraft workshops were organised in schools and public libraries.
Programming with Micro: bits: with the help of their teachers, school students learned how to code using Micro: bits tutorials and understood in a creative way how to create their own products. This activity was organised for the first time within the campaign and was a great success among secondary and high school students – 54 workshops attracted over 2,000 participants!
Online training courses for e-facilitators, teachers and librarians: more than 200 exams were registered on the Microsoft platform and over 20 workshops on this topic were sustained.
Other topics and activities which had great success within the ALL DIGITAL Week were: Code kids – a big number of workshops on this topic were held thanks to the partnership with Code Kids Romania. A range of workshops were organised on topics, such as Robotics, Online Safety and Cybersecurity, and last but not least activities and courses for seniors and elderly people.
Over 110,000 people were reached through media. The EOS Team has tracked over 90 media instances, including:
Already a partner in all previous campaign editions, EOS Foundation again, for the tenth time, will be the Romanian national partner in ALL DIGITAL Week 2019.
2019 campaign in Romania will focus on the following activities:
First click: a range of courses, workshops and events will be developed in order to encourage first time users to access ICT devices (laptop, PC, tablets) and internet and to become familiar with ICT;
ICT for Women: campaign partners will be encouraged to run and complete trainings and workshops to raise the awareness among girls and women regarding the importance of gaining ICT skills and improving their employability chances. The scope of this activity is to increase the women’s (but not only) interest for ICT-related jobs, to raise women’s chances to obtain better jobs and to make them more competitive on the job market.
ICT and Entrepreneurship for Women: Female entrepreneurs have become important players in the entrepreneurial landscape. However, in Romania, the percentage of women who are starting a business related to ICT is still very low. In this respect, a special curriculum addressed to women that are intending to develop an ICT related business was developed and will be distributed to the partner’s centres to be used during ALL DIGITAL Week.
Digital skills for seniors: In Romania, less than 28% of senior citizens aged 55 to 64 have access to ICT devices and internet. Most of them are not familiarized with the new technologies and have never used computer or internet. In this sense, a large number of seniors and elderly people will be engaged to participate in different activities especially designed for them: e.g. First click, how to use a tablet/smartphone to connect to social networks, look for medical services, connect with public services, etc.
Minecraft for Education courses: organize various courses/tutorials related to Coding through Games/apps and Minecraft programming for young people.
As a national partner, EOS foundation will involve more than 100 partner centres/organizations across Romania to participate in ALL DIGITAL Week. The centres involved will be mainly represented by schools (more than 50 schools involved), public libraries (at least 40), Public Access Points (more than 10), other ICT training centres (public or private bodies) interested to take part in the proposed activities. Any organization or institution willing to join the action will be welcomed to become a partner of the event.
It is expected that more than 12,000 people will be involved in the activities directly and over 100,000 people will be reached.
2018 REPORT: Continuing to build the digital skills of the largest future workforce for Romania
Already a partner in all previous campaign editions, EOS Foundation again, for the ninth time, was the Romanian national partner in ALL DIGITAL Week 2018.
Hai pe net! campaign, which is the localized version of ALL DIGITAL week in Romania, was implemented in 2018 by EOS Foundation in partnership with National Association of Public Libraries in Romania, APDETIC Association and the Skills Coalition 4IT, together with an active community of telecentres, public libraries, schools, and other organizations and institutions dedicated to digital literacy in Romania.
This year, 112 centres registered for the campaign and offered 111 various activities at local level within their communities, depending on the specifics of the centre and the community. In total, 10,800 people participated in the campaign.
Ploiesti – Creating Programming
The highlight of the campaign this year was the launch event, organised in Bucharest on March 16. The event was attended by prominent guests and brought together a range of stakeholders and policy makers involved at national level in promoting the benefits of ICT and new technologies, in order to mitigate the digital divide in Romania. We had representatives from Ministry of Education – ICT department and also from Microsoft – CSR department and community affairs.
Launch event in Bucharest
The launch event was recorded and broadcasted live on the EOS Romania Facebook page. This way, the transmission reached a great number of people (the video was seen by more than 8000 persons), who had the chance to see live the Hai pe net! 2018 launching event and to find out a lot of information related to the planned activities for the 19 – 25 March week.
Bucharest – digital skills training
Digital inclusion activities that marked the digital inclusion week in Romania and which involved a large number of participants were related to:
First click: 65 courses and workshops were organized in order to encourage people who have never used a computer or have never accessed the Internet to make the first click with us in the campaign;
Digital competences using IC3 – Digital Literacy certification. 682 IC3 free simulation from those 1000 IC3 simulations offered by Certipro Education, were taken during the week;
Creative programming through Minecraft Education Edition – tutorials for schools students in order to learn how to create their own games; this activity was extremely well received by schools and public libraries, and over 47 workshops for students were developed during the campaign;
Online training courses for e-facilitators, teachers and librarians – educators were encouraged to register on the educational portal of Microsoft, dedicated to teachers and trainers; over 360 exams were registered on the Microsoft platform;
Promoting web accessibility – more than 20 activities & workshops for raising awareness among community members and public authorities about the importance of web accessibility took place;
Cybersecurity – (Introduction to Cybersecurity) through Cisco NetAcad – schools and public libraries were supported to involve their students in the course Introduction to Cybersecuty and to obtain the Participation Certificate; a number of 327 courses were sustained until the end of Hai pe net! Week.
Iasi – Training the seniors
EOS ROmania is really proud of the impressive number of centers that registered this year as national partners for Hai pe net! /ALL DIGITAL week campaign and og the multitude of the events implemented by them. In Romania, the campaign has been implemented for nine consecutive years, but this year the activities implemented by our partners were much more diversified and addressed a variety of topics, dedicated to various target groups.
EOS tracked 85 media instances about the campaign, and here are some of the examples:
2018 PLANS: Continuing to build the digital skills of the largest future workforce for Romania
Already a partner in all previous campaign editions, EOS Foundation again, for the ninth time, is the Romanian national partner in ALL DIGITAL Week 2018.
As a national partner, EOS Foundation will involve more than 100 partner centres/organizations across Romania to participate in ALL DIGITAL Week activities. There will be mainly schools (more than 50 schools involved), public libraries (at least 40), Public Access Points (more than 10), other ICT training centres (public or private bodies) interested to take part in the proposed activities. Any organization or institution willing to join the campaign will be welcomed to become an even organiser.
In 2018, ALL DIGITAL Week in Romania will focus on the following activities:
First click: a range of courses, workshops and events will be developed in order to encourage first time users to access ICT devices (laptop, PC, tablets) and Internet and to become familiar with ICT skills – special attention will be paid to this activity;
ICT for Women: National partners will be encouraged to run and complete training and workshops with the main purpose to raise awareness among women and girls about the importance of ICT skills and improving their employability chances. The scope of this activity is to increase the young women’s (and not only) interest for ICT related jobs, to raise women’s chances to obtain better jobs and to make them more competitive on the jobs market.
Digital skills for seniors: In Romania, less than 28% of the senior citizens aged 55 to 64 have access to ICT devices and internet. Most of them are not familiar with the new technologies and never used computer or internet. In this sense, a large number of seniors and elderly people will be engaged to participate in different activities especially designed for them: e.g., First click, How to use a tablet/smartphone to connect to social networks, look for medical services, connect with public services, etc.
ICT and Entrepreneurship for Women: Female entrepreneurs have become important players in the entrepreneurial landscape. However, in Romania, the percentage of women starting a business related to ICT is still very low. In this respect, a special curriculum addressed to women who are intending to develop an ICT related business was developed and will be distributed to the partner centres to be used during ALL DIGITAL Week.
Minecraft for Education courses: organize various courses/tutorials related to Coding through Games/apps and Minecraft programming for young people.
At national level, the awareness raising campaign will be run using the online channels of communications of the national partner as:
2017:Achieving digital inclusion year by year, person by person, step by step!
Already a partner in all previous GOW editions, EOS Foundation again, for the eighth time, was the Romanian national partner in 2017.
Fundatia EOS Romania had officially partnered with the National Association of Public Libraries in Romania to extend the 2017 Get Online Week campaign to further audiences in Romania. EOS and ANBPR jointly delivered all the activities and used common platforms to promote digital inclusion in Romania.
For the 2017 Get Online Week campaign, EOS and its partners focused on the following objectives:
1. Provision of basic digital literacy trening to people who have no digital skills
2. Evaluation/certification of the level of IT skills of yoth and adults through the Certiport internationally recognised certification system
3. ICT for the blind and the promotion of the use of mobile devices for the elderly to ensure a more inclusive Society.
4. Computer science training and orientation for Youth aged 14-21 with the view of demonstrating their potential for future IT-related jobs.
Focus was also placed on lobbying the national and regional governments to support national ICT initiatives and help more people be engaged in the knowledge Society.
EOS was working with the public, private, and the NGO sectors in Romania.
In terms of partnership with the public sector, partnerships with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information Society were renewed.
For a long time, Microsoft had been a strong partner of the GOW campaign and joined this year again by supporting various Creative Coding Through Games and apps workshops and Minecraft programming activities for teachers. Certiport offered free certification vouchers to young people.
As for the NGO sector, one of the most important and long-standing partners of the campaign was the National Association of Public Libraries and Librarians of Romania. Through their network of libraries, they have been a great supporter of the campaign and helped reach many rural communities with digital inclusion.
With its 100 partners, EOS Romania planned engage 6,000 users in GOW17 activities.
The following activities were planned according to the topics:
Cybersecurity: EOS was to promote the safe use of the Internet among younger children in its 2017 Get Online Week campaign. Romania has a high percentage of Young people who are sometimes the only ones using the computers at home (parents or grand-parents are not computer literate). By encouraging the use of some simple straight-forward online materials (interactive) EOS and its partners hoped to help both children and parents/grand-parents to understand the dangers of online surfing. Only a responsible use can be beneficial for all. For this purpose, they would use a portal developed by Microsoft, Save the Children and Romanian National Police: http://www.safernet.ro/lectii/html/etusivu.htm
In terms of eServices, the EOS 2017 GOW campaign had a very simple but strong approach. All those attending activities, training or events in telecenters, libraries, etc. were introduced to a new e-government service called Ghiseul.ro, which facilitates online payment by any citizen or company of over 60 types of different taxes in Romania. It works by signing-up and creating a user account and then choosing through various methods of payment. It is extremely important that more citizens become aware of this e-service since only under 7% of the population uses these kinds of means to manage their payments.
Employment and Entrepreneurship: EOS collaborated with Certipro Education in Romania to launch a brand new certification in Romania (it will be launched across the World in March 2017). The certification is called Entrepreneurship and Small Business Exam, and EOS would select 100 youngsters to win a free exam voucher and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of what entrepreneurship really entails.
Already a partner in all previous GOW editions, EOS Foundation was the Romanian national partner in 2016.
EOS Get Online Week 2016 campaign focused on three main components:
provision of digital literacy training
evaluation/certification of the level of IT skills through the Certiport internationally recognised certification system
awareness raising regarding the need to continue to have a focus on basic digital literacy skills, especially since the IT skills level in Romania is still at only about 50% of the population.
In terms of training, besides basic IT courses, EOS delivered a new e-Train-the-Trainer course to 60 eCentre trainers and facilitators. Accessibility was also be in focus in terms of the inclusion of the marginalised groups, e.g. the blind and the deaf, who could easily be included in the Information Society with a small effort on the side of public authorities and companies.
To address people’s trust & confidence, five types of workshops were organized by the partner telecentres and libraries in Romania:
the World Wide Web
Connecting safely to the Internet
Finding relevant information
In partnership with Microsoft in Romania and Certipro Education, EOS organized an awareness raising campaign related to junior jobs available in the IT industry and provided opportunities for young people to test their IT skills using Microsoft technology Associate exam simulations.
Approximately 300 students had the opportunity to test their IT skills in the following areas: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, Software Development Fundamentals, Web Development Fundamentals, Database Fundamentals, Windows Server Administration Fundamentals, Networking Fundamentals, Security Fundamentals, NET Fundamentals, Gaming Development Fundamentals, HTML5, App Development Fundamentals, Software Testing Fundamentals.
EOS continued to use the Skillage to encourage young people to brush up on their skills related to business productivity. YouRock was also featured as a way to direct young people without work experience towards recognising the latent skills they have.