Disclaimer: This is a guest blog post written by Loreta Krizinauskiene, Director at Langas į ateitį
In 2002 association Langas i ateiti (eng.Window to the Future) was established by Lithuanian socially responsible businesses with the goal to increase the usage of Internet. 10 exciting years passed by very fast! We initiated the first few hundreds of public Internet access points, trained over 120 000 adults in computer literacy basics, encouraged Lithuanian society to use e-government services, presented rules to be safe online, promoted Internet learning. We have gained great experience, learnt a lot and built good memories. The feedback received from the participants in our courses and numerous Lithuanian and EC awards proved we were on the right path. The number of Internet users was increasing rapidly. One of our main strong points was cooperation with central and local government, other NGOs as well as local communities. In 2003 Lars A.Jeurling, Senior consultant of World Bank said: “Langas į ateitį (Window to the future) could be a model example for other countries. It is a rare case when private and public institutions successfully cooperate”.
How the National Digital Coalition in LT came into being
When recent unemployment, especially of young people, hit record levels in EU and Lithuania but at the same time thousands of ICT specialists were in need of a job, at Langas į ateitį, we decided to review our strategy. Actually we were inspired by Telecentre-Europe, the of which Langas į ateitį is a member since 2008. The idea of creating a local coalition for digital jobs was born. After Dublib DAA in June, in a pretty short time, we managed to put together a team of enthusiastic personalities (digital champion, young advisors to VP N.Kroes among them) to do the preparatory work and establish the National Digital Coalition. 11 important different actors were sellected: 3 ministries responsible for DA, unempoyment and ICT professionals, 2 universities and 6 NGO involved in information society development projects. We decided to unite forces again to improve the situation in the country and support EC invitation to join Grand Coalition for digital jobs.
We are looking forward to the very interesting and challenging future: implementing the goals forseen by the National Digital Coalition members in Lithuania: to substantially reduce the shortage of ICT professionals, to attract more young people to choose ICT and other sciences porfessions, raise public awareness of the importance of digital skills and competences. We will use our experince again – unite forces and win.
Please visit our National Digital Coalition website: www.skaitmeninekoalicija.lt