SeniorNet Sweden chooses Funka

SeniorNet Sweden (SeniorNet) is a non-profit association whose basic idea is that seniors teach seniors digital communication and the internet. With funding from the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency and support from Funka, SeniorNet will develop a tailor-made tutor training to increase digital participation.

SeniorNet has clubs all over Sweden who teach IT skills to the elderly, both in groups and individually. The aim of the project is that new and existing supervisors should have sufficient pedagogical knowledge and tools to meet the needs of elderly with varying prior knowledge and prerequisites.

We have had the need for a supervisor training for a long time, so we really look forward to the project, says Krister Carlsson at SeniorNet Sweden.

The project is aimed at seniors who are either active in SeniorNet's clubs or who are already or are likely to become supervisors for other seniors who want to learn more about IT. Since the education is to be able to reach supervisors around the country, the material will be designed for online self-learning, with videos and text / image based material. The material will be produced in close collaboration with experienced supervisors and the project will also organize supervisor meetings.

Accessibility is an important piece of the puzzle

In order for the training to be successful, it must of course work for everyone. Funka contributes, among other things, to the part of the training that includes how the supervisors can handle challenges in terms of accessibility, both in the supervision and in the use of digital interfaces.

With the increased digitization, this project feels very interesting and exciting, says Lars Samuelsson, project manager at Funka. Getting to help elderly increase their IT skills feels like a very important task.

The idea is that the training will help to ensure the quality and equivalence of the supervision that is now offered by SeniorNet in clubs around the country. It is also hoped that more seniors will be inspired to start up clubs by gaining increased knowledge and more tools for IT guidance.

SeniorNet Sweden (text in Swedish), opens in new window