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ICT Programmes for the Elderly

Over the years, the Government has been striving to implement various digital inclusion initiatives to encourage wider adoption of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In 2012, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) provided funding to non-profit-making organisations (NPOs) for organising various activities for the elderly to enhance their ability and interest in using digital technology.

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

In view of the positive feedback on the Outreach Programme, we regularised the Outreach Programme from 2018-19 onwards and introduced the Enriched ICT Training Programme for the Elderly (Training Programme) to facilitate more elderly people to understand and use digital technology.

The Two-year Outreach Programme 2018-2020 and Two-year Training Programme 2019-2021 have been launched in December 2018 and February 2019 respectively. In view of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, outreach activities and training classes have been shifted to remote learning and thus to facilitate the elderly to continue their learning of digital technologies during the fight against the epidemic.

Furthermore, we launched the Elderly IT Learning Portal (www.it2.gov.hk) in October 2019 to facilitate the elderly to learn about digital technology online.

The new round of Two-year Outreach Programme 2021-2023 commenced in March 2021. Funded NPOs are carrying out the preparatory work.

Details about the programmes :
Two-year ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly 2021-2023
Two-year Enriched ICT Training Programme for the Elderly 2019-2021
Two-year ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly 2018-2020
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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