Tuesday, June 19, 2018

UrFU offers basic computer classes to senior citizens in Sverdlovsk region

Ural Federal University is working to fulfill its social mission of teaching senior citizens in the Sverdlovsk region to use personal computers.

The e-Citizen project was created through a cooperative agreement between the government of the Sverdlovsk region and Ural Federal University, signed at the recent international industrial exhibition Innoprom.

The classes are free, and certificates will be given to the first two groups of graduates on Friday.

Through the program, seniors are trained to work with computers under the guidance of qualified instructors. The region plans to train 1,700 people on-site at UrFU. They will also visit 180 older students.

Participants will learn basic computer skills with university teachers instructing them on information security, how to get information from the internet and how to use government services online.

The program particularly emphasizes the ability to receive services from a single portal, including government and municipal services, as well as purchasing goods, booking hotels and tickets.

The program helps to include the older generation in the shaping of an information society in Russia.