Crossing the Digital Divide

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Crossing the Digital Divide

“Crossing the Digital Divide” – CALD Digital Ambassadors project seeks to deliver specifically tailored digital technology workshops for the Arabic, Spanish and Ukrainian speaking communities in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Catalyst Foundation is working with the communities focusing on the 40-64 year age group to build skills, knowledge, capacity and self-reliance utilising our successful peer education Digital Ambassador program. With the support of the Arabic, Spanish and Ukrainian speaking communities we are identifying Digital Ambassadors from within the respective communities to support participants to fully appreciate the advantage of learning to use digital technology, be aware of the information and services available to support their daily needs and lifestyles, access services and increase community connection and engagement.

The Digital Ambassadors are supported by Catalyst Foundation and trained in the delivering the digital literacy workshops so that they are able to support project participants and the communities generally into the future.

The project will provide participants the opportunity to acquire new IT skills in an informal learning friendly and social environment which in itself will encourage the development of friendship and expand social networks between participants, thus supporting each other during the training period.

The project is being delivered in local communities (e.g. community or cultural centres etc.) and delivered in familiar local venues/sites to reduce the apprehension and lack of confidence in learning digital technology in a foreign or different.

The “Crossing the Digital Divide” – CALD Digital Ambassadors project is designed to address and overcome some of these barriers by involving the respective communities in the workshop design and using volunteer Digital Ambassadors to support participants and the communities more generally into the future.

Project Outcomes

  • Increase engagement
  • Improve knowledge of local services and facilities
  • Improve communication skills
  • Improve access to community services
  • Improved language retention
The project is funded by Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) & Catalyst Foundation
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