Today, two new infocomm learning hubs, called the Silver Infocomm Junctions (SIJ), are opened to further promote infocomm literacy among senior citizens.
This is announced by RADM(NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and The Arts, and Ministry of Education at the annual Silver Infocomm Day. The Silver Infocomm Day 1 is a special day dedicated to senior citizens who embrace and use infocomm in their daily lives.
Silver Infocomm Junctions
The two new SIJs are located at the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) Multi-Service Centre in Bukit Panjang and at the Marine Parade Family Service Centre (MPFSC). These are in addition to the first SIJ set up last year at the RSVP Singapore in Bishan. The two new additions are part of IDA’s infocomm outreach efforts to set up eight such centres in the heartlands for senior citizens by 2010.
These SIJs offer affordable and accessible infocomm courses from as low as S$2 to S$6 per training hour. Over 4,000 senior citizens have attended training classes or practice sessions at the first SIJ at RSVP Singapore since its launch last November. Some of the early trainees have since also stepped forward to be ‘cyber guides’ to impart their infocomm knowledge to their peers.
Customised and Bilingual Infocomm Tips
IDA has engaged RSVP Singapore and MPFSC to jointly develop a new set of bilingual (English and Chinese) infocomm curriculum to increase infocomm literacy among senior citizens. There are two tracks, iBEGIN and iLIVE, for senior citizens to learn basic infocomm and digital lifestyle skills, respectively.
iBEGIN is a module that will guide senior citizens on basic infocomm activities such as how to use a computer, surf the Internet, create an email and instant messaging accounts, as well as protecting themselves with simple infocomm security tips. iBEGIN also teaches senior citizens to make an audio or video call using the Internet. The iLIVE track which is a more advanced module, offers lifestyle related infocomm skills. For instance, senior citizens can learn how to conduct online transactions, including booking of air tickets and publishing digital photos.
The curriculum is presented in a step-by-step and easy-to-understand format, supported by visuals and graphics. All SIJs will be making use of this curriculum for their infocomm training courses.