Digital literacy training for seniors

In 2019, the Government allocated us $600,000 over three years to provide digital literacy training for seniors.

Our goals are to:

  • enable older people to keep up with technology as it changes
  • increase older people’s trust and confidence in doing things online, including staying connected to their families and friends
  • improve digital inclusion.

We have contracted Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa and 20/20 Trust to provide essential digital skills and literacy training for up to 4,700 older people.

Our digital literacy training programme has won the Education category of the 2021 Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards.

Read more about the award 

We are exploring ways to increase the reach and impact of the current digital literacy training programmes. If you would like to know more, contact us.

Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa

The Better Digital Futures programme supports seniors (people aged 65+) to do more online.

There are four course pathways available:

  • Digital introduction – for seniors who want to use digital technologies to pursue hobbies, find the right digital device, communicate with family and friends, and become more independent online.
  • Digital essentials – this course is designed to help seniors who are brand-new users to get online and start creating their own digital footprint.
  • Digital engagement – for seniors who want to use digital technologies for online shopping, digital banking, managing photos, and problem-solving online.
  • Digital safety – this course uses the online Digital Licence platform to take learners through all aspects of keeping safe and secure online.

Each pathway is free, and involves four or five two-hour sessions. Sessions are held in-person at locations around New Zealand.

You can sign up to the pathway that suits you on their website.

Better Digital Futures – Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa

20/20 Communications Trust

The Pacific Senior Connect programme will enable 375 Pacific Seniors who are 65+ living in Ōtautahi-Christchurch and Tāmaki Makaurau-Auckland to become digitally included by attending Pacific-centred digital literacy workshops based at their churches and conducted in their own language.

Pacific Senior Connect Programme – 20/20 Communications Trust

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