Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sverdlovsk region offers computer training for senior citizens

The Sverdlovsk region's "e-Citizen" project has trained 5,400 elderly citizens from 28 municipalities in computer and internet skills.

The project received $577 million from the regional budget and more than $417 million was spent on the project this year. The leftover money will go toward e-Citizen's second phase, according to Pravda.

The project allowed for more than 1,500 pensioners to learn how to work on computers. The second part of e-Citizen will be provided to 1,545 elderly people. Retirees from the towns of Krasnoufimsk, Lesnoy, Nizhnaya Tura, Kushva, Rezha, Verkhoturye, Kamensk-Uralsky, Krasnoturyinsk, the village of Pionersky and the village of Baikalovo are invited to participate in the program.

The number of settlements where the courses will be provided to older students will be increased from 12 municipalities to 40 settlements.

Computer centers were placed in public libraries and other social welfare centers for the courtesy of older people without personal computers as part of e-Citizen. The training is free, with costs for teachers and materials are paid for by the regional budget.

"The implementation of the project e-Citizen is vital today. Owing to the courses, our grandparents become more adapted to modern conditions of life," Acting Minister for Transport and Communications of the Sverdlovsk region Sergey Frolov said, Pravda reports.