Digital skills training for those in need

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A new program to help more adults get better acquainted with basic computer skills training is now available.

Under the program nearly $30 million will be used over four years, starting 2018-19 to support not-for-profit organizations that teach fundamental digital literacy skills to Canadians who would benefit from participating in the digital economy.

The list includes seniors, new and low-income Canadians, Indigenous people, and those living in northern and rural communities.

A press release announcing this program states that digital skills “are critical to participation in today’s society,” a news release reads, “whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job.”

Learning these skills and understanding technologies “will enhance the amount of information and number of online resources that Canadians can access …”

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Interested not-for-profit organizations are invited to submit proposals under the program.

The deadline to submit is March 30.

The program aims to help ensure “that all Canadians have the necessary skills to use computers and the Internet safely and securely and help make sure that no one is left behind” in the digital economy.

In the years to come, not having the basic computer skills could handicap anyone, it could be as debilitating as not being able to read and write in a digital world. – CINEWS

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