Partnering Singaporeans Towards Digital Upskilling to Empower More to Reap Benefits in a Digital Future
SINGAPORE – 26 July 2019: Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information launched the three-day IMDA Digital Inclusion Festival 2019, which saw six digital readiness (DR) initiatives co-created with public, people and private sector stakeholders unveiled to support digital upskilling amongst vulnerable segments, including seniors and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Singapore. 15,000 Singaporeans are expected to attend the festival.
Nurture Digital Skills for Students with Special Needs
To support the learning needs of students with mild intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder students who are aged between 13 and 20 years old, the IMDA has collaborated with four special education schools - Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Delta Senior School, APSN Tanglin School, Grace Orchard School and Metta School – to incorporate a Basic Digital Skills Curriculum into the schools’ academic curriculum. More than 700 students will undergo this programme by 2020. The initiative is a result of the positive feedback from a pilot conducted earlier this year to 70 students to engage them to learn topics such as searching for information online, making e-payments, using e-mails, and connecting with others via online chats.
Jointly developed by IMDA and APSN Tanglin School, a Virtual Reality Adventure Game, will also be introduced to nurture cyber wellness awareness amongst special needs students. The students will learn to set strong passwords, identify fake news, manage cyberbullies and understand the ethical consequences of their digital footprint.
More Help for Seniors to be Digitally Ready
TOUCH Cyber Wellness, Facebook and IMDA have collaborated to make available a Digitally Ready Seniors pilot in English and Mandarin, as well as local dialects. This six-month long programme was first introduced in June 2019 aimed at reaching 240 seniors. 40 seniors have completed all modules to date and received their certificates at a graduation ceremony held on the first day of the festival.
36 new Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassadors (SIWA) have also stepped forward as community advocates to help their peers in their digital readiness journey. Since June this year, about 20 SIWAs got together to start offering basic digital skills workshops to residents at West Coast Wellness Centre on a monthly basis. There are plans to also organise this workshop in Teck Ghee constituency later this year.
Empower and Honour 3P Collaborations to Drive Social Change
IMDA will support media agency, CreativesAtWork, for a new initiative called “STOREYS”, to discover, fund and promote independent content creators. This is part of IMDA’s efforts to extend the reach of public service content to digital platforms.
With the theme “Framing a Better Home”, “STOREYS” encourages content creators to create impactful stories to drive positive social change in Singapore, under the following categories: Community, Elderly, Environment, Family, Underprivileged and Youth. CreativesAtWork has launched an open call-for-entries to invite content creators to participate in this national social impact journey. Selected content creators will receive guidance from award-winning mentors, in creating a video based on their chosen cause. IMDA supports content creators by providing a six-month access to PIXEL’s co-working space and production facilities, such as video and audio studios, film production equipment and editing software.
“The digital economy offers many opportunities and benefits to Singaporeans. All segments of society will need to be equipped with the skills to use digital technologies, and the knowledge to better their lives and safeguard themselves from risks. It is heartening to see the strong support by the people, private and public sectors, working together to bring Singapore’s Digital Readiness Blueprint to life,” said Ms Koh Li-Na, Assistant Chief Executive, Digital Readiness Cluster, IMDA.
Following the launch of the Digital Participation Pledge earlier this year, more than 600 organisations have pledged to impart digital skills and build greater inclusivity into their solutions and services. Organisations who have played an important role in bridging the digital divide will be honoured at the first-ever Digital Participation Pledge (DPP) Awards held later this year.
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