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ICT Programmes for the Elderly

Over the years, the Government has been striving to take forward 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 support to non-profit-making organisations (NPOs) for organising various activities for the elderly to enhance their capability and interest in using digital technology.

Between 2014 and 2018, OGCIO 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 are encouraged and assisted 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 have regularised the Outreach Programme since 2018-19 and introduced the Enriched ICT Training Programme for the Elderly (Training Programme) to facilitate more elderly people to learn and use digital technology. Furthermore, we launched the Elderly IT Learning Portal (www.it2.gov.hk) in October 2019 to facilitate the elderly to learn more about digital technology online.

The two-year Outreach Programme (2018-2020) and the two-year Training Programme (2019-2021) were completed in July 2021 and August 2021 respectively. A new round of Outreach Programme (2021-2023) has commenced in March 2021. Our NPO partners are now implementing their outreach activities. In light of the gradual stabilisation of the epidemic situation, face-to-face outreach activities have been resumed with infection control measures in place to help elderly participants continue their learning of digital technologies.

Details about the programmes :
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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