Mauritius: Country Gives Senior Citizens Basic Training in ICT

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With Africa and the whole world moving towards a more technologically advanced future, it is important that everyone is carried along and no tech-minority groups created. This is why a new campaign aimed at creating ICT awareness for senior citizens has kicked off at the Lady Sushil Ramgoolam Recreational Centre at Pointe aux Piments.

At the centre, two caravans have been set up by the National Computer Board fully equipped with 46 computers and other necessary equipment. The caravans will also tour other recreational centres providing the senior citizens with training in ICT Literacy Course, IC3 Course and Microsoft Office Package Course.

During the launch of the project, Minister for Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden expressed that the Government hopes to include the elderly population in its move to achieve socio-economic development in the country and should be accorded the respect they deserve for all their contributions to the country’s growth.

He also stressed on the importance of every citizen of the country being adept in digital literacy as the country hopes to join the online world and make digital technology part of their everyday lives. And transform the country into a smart, wireless and connected digital society, therefore making it necessary that the elderly community have the basic ICT knowledge.

On behalf of the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Environment and Sustainable Development, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Dhanandjay Kawol said that the project will remove the generational divide between its citizens and create a better synergy between the two generations.