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    About the project

    Vocational Education and Training Solution for e-Facilitators for Social Inclusion (VET 4e-I)

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    Why such a project?

    In the last years, growing attention has been drawn towards e-Inclusion policies, considering information and communication technologies (ICT) as a vehicle for personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability. Public Internet Centres play a key role in local societies especially in towns and small villages, where they have become a reference point not only for new technologies and learning, but also for the development of social links, a sense of community belonging and cultural life.

    vetWho are the e-facilitators in Europe?

    The animators or facilitators have a key role to play; they are not only ICT trainers but also socio-cultural mediators. They are the promoters of disadvantaged users’ inclusion. Today, their profile and status differ greatly from one country to the others as well as their access to formal and non formal training. The partners of the “VET4e-I” project will compare these different profiles and the training offer that is already provided in their respective countries.

    Can we talk of a common professional figure of “e-Facilitators” in Europe?

    What are their needs in terms of vocational training and development?

    vet logo What is e-Inclusion?

    Today, around 30-40% of older people, people with disabilities, women, lower education groups, unemployed and “less-developed” regions are still not actively using ICT and are no part of the Knowledge society in Europe. e-Inclusion aims at:
    Preventing the risks of “digital exclusion”: to ensure that disadvantaged people are not left behind;
    Avoiding new forms of exclusion due to lack of digital literacy or of Internet access.
    The goal of this European project is to increase e-Inclusion chances of disadvantaged groups by creating a new professional profile of e-Facilitators with European relevance and that would be certifiable at national/local levels.

    vet logo What are the expected results of this project?

    On the basis of a cross-country context analysis, the partners of the “VET4e-I” project propose to develop an innovative cope with the common challenge of e-Inclusion. The partners will develop a training curriculum for e-Facilitators for Social Inclusionfocused on the development of key competences of users at risk of social exclusion, aiming to their empowerment in the Knowledge society. This training curriculum will be based on an innovative e-learning environment inspired in Web 2.0 as well as on user-centred didactics.

    vet logo What is the EU position on e-Inclusion?

    34 European countries signed a Ministerial Declaration in which ambitious policy targets were set for an inclusive Knowledge society in 2006. Known as the “Riga Declaration”, it set concrete targets for Internet usage and availability, digital literacy, and accessibility of ICT by2010. It was followed by the “i2010 initiative” that proposed a strategic framework for action. Today, we are far from reaching these objectives. In March 2009, the European Council recognized that e-Inclusion remained “overall poor in Europe” and that public authorities had to use “various instruments at their disposal, such as legislation, standardisation and certification as well as public procurement”. The partners of the “VET4e-I”project want to encourage public authorities

    To recognize the role of e-Facilitators as promoters of e-Inclusion;

    To promote the development of certifiable and transparent training solutions that correspond to their needs.

    They are convinced that investing in the professional development of e-Facilitators is a key to face these important challenges