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Association Langas į ateitį takes the lead of National Digital Coalition in Lithuania

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The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding by the National Digital Coaliton partners took place during ICT2013 conference "CREATE,CONNECT, GROW" in Vilnius on November 7th. A lot of attention, lots of important people and mass media. The ceremony was honored by EC vicepresident Neelie Kroes who gave a speach and above all - signed the Memorandum together with 11 Lithuanian partners.

Disclaimer: This is a guest blog post written by Loreta Krizinauskiene, Director at Langas į ateitį

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short background

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.

Next steps

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