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I-LINC – Platform for ICT learning and inclusion for youth employability and entrepreneurship gets online

Today, the I-LINC portal www.i-linc.eu will be officially launched at Telecentre Europe’s annual conference in Belgrad (Serbia). The I-LINC project has developed an online platform focusing on establishing a sustainable, overarching platform for ICT (for) learning and inclusion to boost the employability of young people. The project’s main objective will be the connection of existing initiatives, networks and platforms, which act in the field of youth unemployment, learning and social-participation of young people.

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Beyond the technical meaning of “platform”, it also refers to the proposal’s ambition of consolidating a committed and active community of stakeholders working in ICT-learning to boost young people’s employability. For this purpose, international partners like Telefonica, European schoolnet, the European network of ministries of education, and Telecentre Europe, an NGO focused on digital and socio-economic inclusion, work together with the Social Research Centre of TU Dortmund University.

The diversity and richness of “ICT for learning and inclusion” refers to technology-enhanced learning (including MOOCs), digital literacy, digital competences and e-skills training, e-inclusion as well as ICT platforms created by public/private/third sector organisations for youth employability. Finally, the efforts of all stakeholders will be joined to achieve optimal results for the users, who will be part of the developing-process, to identify their needs and to build appropriate solutions. Due to the stakeholder-activities, a further effort is to increase their impact both on policy-maker and end-user level, to create a common off- and online space for open dialogue and meetings and finally to define directions on how to improve tools and services (e.g. modernization of education and training and tackling the risk of digital and socio-economic exclusion).

 

I-LINC has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645909.

 

Contact: Dr. Bastian Pelka, Dr. Christoph Kaletka, Eva Wascher