Photo from the archive of the initiative (2019)

UNDP and the European Union empower elderly people in rural areas to master their skills in online technology and stay connected amid COVID-19

Valentina Soychik from a small town Korma in the Homiel region is a confident Internet user. In a situation when the rapid advance of COVID-19 virus forces the world to go online and keep physical distance, Valentina’s online skills help the woman to fight social isolation.

The woman bought a computer and today fully employes online mobility that is offered by the global net: communicates with relatives and friends, buys things online and finds interesting information for her hobby.

Valentina first met with online technologies at a course on basic computer and Internet literacy “Computer from scratch”, organized for local older people by UNDP with financial support from the EU.

Computer skills course help people of silver age learn how to use digital gadgets and work in the Internet. The course became very popular among the elderly people in Korma. Similar courses were organised in five more villages of the region. Over two years more than 80 rural seniors received training in the digital literacy.

The initiative was implemented by the EU-funded project “Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus”, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Economy in 2014-2018.

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