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Over the years, the Government has been making targeted efforts to encourage wider adoption of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) among the elderly. In 2012, the OGCIO provided funding to support projects to increase opportunities for elders to access ICT and to enhance their knowledge, skills and receptiveness on the use of ICT.

From 2014 to 2018, the OGCIO has launched three rounds of ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly (Outreach Programme) to provide funding support to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for teaching elderly people to use tablets and other mobile devices and helping them appreciate how ICT can enhance their quality of living. With the support from professional social workers and volunteers, these elders received encouragement and assistance in adopting ICT to broaden their social circles and integrate into the community.

To cope with the ageing population, we regularised the Outreach Programme from 2018-19 onwards and introduced the Enriched ICT Training Programme (Training Programme) to facilitate more elders to understand and use digital technology. In the fourth quarter of 2019, we will launch a web-based learning portal to help the elderly and people in need acquire digital skills in a fun manner, so that they can benefit from the advancement in digital technology in their daily living.

The new rounds of the Outreach Programme and the Training Programme, both having duration of two years, have been launched in December 2018 and February 2019 respectively.  The funded organisations of both programmes are now implementing respective outreach activities or organising training courses.

Details about the programmes :
Two-year Enriched ICT Training Programme for the Elderly 2018-19
Two-year ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly 2018-19
ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly 2017-18
ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly 2015-16
ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly 2013-14
Encouraging ICT Adoption among the Elderly 2012

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