Last updated: 13 March 2023
Published on: 30 May 2018
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Over 100 corporate, youth and grassroot volunteers come together to guide over 300 seniors in Teck Ghee Constituency to learn how to use e-payments
SINGAPORE – 30 May 2018: More seniors can now benefit from hands-on learning of technology for their daily lives. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) kicked off the first e-Payment Learning Journey, in collaboration with Teck Ghee Active Ageing Committee (AAC), to empower seniors to use technology securely and confidently. Led by IMDA in partnership with DBS, Land Transport Authority, NETS, OCBC Bank, TransitLink and UOB, the e-Payment Learning Journeys were developed under the Silver Infocomm Initiative1 that forms part of the broader Digital Readiness efforts to help citizens participate in the Digital Economy. This is in support of our Smart Nation efforts to ensure that no one is left behind as we push ahead with digital transformation. Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, who is also the Grassroots Adviser and MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC joined the seniors in the first Learning Journey held at The Grassroots Club today.
2. The e-Payment Learning Journey is designed as an experiential tour for seniors aged 50 yrs and above to learn how to transact digitally using their mobile phone. Seniors will be guided by volunteers to download relevant mobile apps and learn how to log in to their e-Payment accounts. They will learn about staying safe online and pick up useful cyber security tips. They will also learn and experience first-hand different e-payment modes, such as transferring money through mobile apps, paying for F&B items by scanning QR codes and topping up their travel cards using their ATM cards.
3. Volunteers from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Inc. and Youth Corps Singapore will assist and accompany the seniors throughout the learning journey, exemplifying the whole-of-community approach for digital readiness.
Mdm Noelene De Foe, BBM (L), Organising Chairperson and Chairperson of Teck Ghee AAC shares, "Many seniors have shared with us their concerns and worries on the Smart Nation push. Everything is going digital now including paying for food using smartphone. The Teck Ghee Wellness Programme provides a platform by bringing partners together to help our seniors overcome their fear and make use of the technology to enhance their quality of lives. This is part of the Teck Ghee Wellness Programme to empower seniors to stay active and connected in the community."
"IMDA is continually refining our Silver Infocomm Initiative to better equip seniors for the digital economy and society, and this e-Payment learning journey for seniors is our latest addition. Using technology appropriately allows seniors to connect with their family members, access e-services, and enjoy the convenience of e-transactions and e-Payments. At the same time, we are encouraged by contributions of the many partners who are working with us to prepare seniors for the digital future," Ms. Koh Li-Na, Senior Director, Digital Readiness Cluster at IMDA.
As the Government moves forward with its Smart Nation efforts, it is important that all segments of the population are equipped with the necessary digital skills. IMDA will organise about 50 sessions throughout the year at different locations, in collaboration with various community groups to reach out to about 2,000 seniors.
Fact Sheet - Silver Infocomm Initiative (97.26KB)
Factsheet - E-Payment Learning Journey (88.00KB)
Factsheet - PA Wellness Programme (18.15KB)
1The Silver Infocomm Initiative, which has benefitted over 200,000 seniors since 2007, is part of IMDA’s Digital Inclusion programme that is aimed at building a digitally inclusive society by bringing technology to people from all walks of life.
JOINTLY ISSUED BY THE PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION AND THE INFOCOMM MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
About Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore’s ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission.
For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.
About People’s Association
The People’s Association (PA) is a statutory board established on 1 July 1960 to promote racial harmony and social cohesion, and to act as a bridge between the Government and the people. We offer a wide range of community programmes and volunteering opportunities for Singaporeans from all walks of life. Our network includes more than 1,800 grassroots organisations (GROs), over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, National Community Leadership Institute and Water-Venture. More information at www.pa.gov.sg.
About People’s Association Wellness Programme
The PA Wellness Programme was piloted in March 2008 in 12 constituencies. The nationwide rollout of the PA Wellness Programme took place in May 2010. The People’s Association (PA) is leading this Programme, with the support of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Health Promotion Board (HPB) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). The PA Wellness Programme seeks to reach out to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, aged 50 and above, to engage in programmes and activities so as to be mentally, physically and socially active. The aim is not only to achieve a mind-set change, but to see a change in behaviour where more residents adopt healthy lifestyles in a sustained manner, resulting in more people enjoying a healthier lifespan and higher quality of life.
For media clarifications, please contact:
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Loh Wei-Shan (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Communications & Marketing
Tel: +65 6202 4411
Rozlin Vanzandt (Ms)
Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing
Tel: +65 6202 4940
People’s Association (PA)
Apple Yap (Ms)
Senior Manager (Active Ageing & Family Life Division)
Tel: +65 6340 5201 / 9099 6955
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