30 March 2016 - Bringing together a unique cohort of students from 10 to 80 years old, the North East Eldersurf Intergen Bootcamp is an unusual way for seniors to learn IT. Over 370 seniors benefitted from this five-month bootcamp that concluded today.
Singapore, 30 March | For Immediate Release
Bringing together a unique cohort of students from 10 to 80 years old, the North East Eldersurf Intergen Bootcamp is an unusual way for seniors to learn IT. Over 370 seniors benefitted from this five-month bootcamp that concluded today.
Students from 17 schools turned cyber-guides to help seniors learn basic computer skills. Besides learning how to use the keyboard and mouse, the seniors also learnt about the Internet, how to use Email and watch videos online. For the first time, part of the curriculum also included the use of POSB’s self-service banking and SMS banking services which have been customised to make banking transactions easier for seniors.
Jointly organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), North-East Community Development Council (CDC) and POSB, each senior attended five sessions of the 3-hour IT workshops conducted by professional trainers in either English or Mandarin.
Ms. Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA said, “As our society gets increasingly digitized, more transactions and information will be consumed online. Everyone in the community can play their part in helping seniors integrate into this evolving digital community, so they too can take advantage of the tools and information available online.”
A resident from the North East District, 63-years-old, Mr. Tan Chew Seng said, “I feel this course is beneficial as I learned how to use the computer, access the internet and send email. These young cyber-guides have helped me to understand the difficult technical terms and made this learning journey fun and enjoyable.”
Ms. Susan Cheong, Head of POSB said, “We are delighted to be involved in this meaningful initiative. As the ‘People’s Bank’, we aim to build a more inclusive society by ensuring that our services are easy to use while taking into account the needs of our customers. We feel that it is important to get our seniors digitally connected and take full advantage of POSB’s suite of digital banking services so as to enjoy greater convenience.”
JOINTLY ISSUED BY THE INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE, NORTH EAST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND POSB
Annex A: Factsheet for Eldersurf Intergen Bootcamp (171.44KB)
Annex B: Factsheet for the Overview of Digital Inclusion Programme (123.50KB)
Annex C: Factsheet for Silver Infocomm Initiative (241.62KB)
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes. IDA does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg. Follow IDA on Facebook IDA.Singapore and Twitter @IDAsg.
About North East Community Development Council
Set up in 1997, North East Community Development Council (CDC) serves a population of over 843,000 residents in three Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and two Single Member Constituencies (SMCs). They are Aljunied, Pasir Ris–Punggol, Tampines GRCs, Hougang and Punggol East SMCs. The North East CDC administers various local assistance programmes to help our residents. In addition, we also work closely with community and corporate partners to promote bonding and social cohesion. North East CDC is headed by Mayor Teo Ser Luck. For more information, please visit https://cdc.org.sg/NorthEast
A part of the DBS Group, POSB is the largest and oldest local bank in Singapore with over 4 million customers. Having served generations of Singaporeans for the past 139 years, it is known as the "People's Bank", and prides itself on being "neighbours first, bankers second".
With a good understanding of Singaporeans through the years, POSB offers products and services that are relevant to the savings, borrowing, investment and insurance needs of all Singaporeans. With over 50 branches conveniently located islandwide, and over 1,000 ATMs and Cash Acceptance Machines across the island, POSB's distribution network is the largest in Singapore.
POSB acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in each of its staff. For more information, please visit www.posb.com.sg.
For media clarifications, please contact:
Candy Pok (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Corporate and Marketing Communications
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
DID: (65) 6211 1706