Last week we kicked off our pilot project in Kenya. We’re working with the Kenyan Library Service (KNLS) and 10 Kenyan libraries to test some approaches to digital literacy. My colleagues, Emily and Michael, have just spent a week working with our local partners in Kenya – do read their Tumblr Blog “Digital Life Kenya”, and you can watch their welcome to Kinyambu Library on YouTube too (1 minute, can’t watch without smiling). I want to blog more when Emily and Michael get back, so watch this space for more news from Kenya.
Our other big international news is in Australia. Good Things Foundation has been appointed, by the Federal Government in Australia, as the National Network Manager for a new programme to support Digital Literacy for Older Australians (DLOA). Our job is to establish, maintain and support a national network of local partners to support older Australians to learn how to use the internet. This is very big news indeed and means we’ve set up a subsidiary in Australia, we hope to bring some of our UK expertise to Aus and we’re planning on learning lots of new ideas from Australian partners too.
The DLOA programme has three key elements:
- A national network of participating community organisations delivering one-on-one and small group support to older Australians, including a national helpline for community organisations and people over 50 (this is what Good Things will be delivering).
- A dedicated website hosting a range of new interactive tools and resources to provide information and learning opportunities for older Australians, their families and friends, and community organisations (this new website will have some of the great Learn My Way content embedded in it).
- Communications and marketing activities to help raise awareness of the new programme at the national and local level.