Persons with learning difficulties working as IT trainers
- PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH
- Country of Implementation
- Western Europe
- First published
“People with learning difficulties become teachers and earn the respect of their community.” Mr. Benjamin Freese, Head of Project
The “digital divide” is an increasing problem in our communities. People with learning difficulties and senior citizens are virtually excluded from the use of modern information and communication technology unless properly trained. Moreover, many people with learning difficulties face major difficulties when trying to enter the job market.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
The project works to give people with learning difficulties a job in teaching, whereby they can pass on their IT knowledge to interested senior citizens. In addition to the positive effects of having employment, it provides them with the possibility to earn respect and recognition through their teaching activity. PIKSL targets possibilities for people with disabilities to participate in ICT activities and to remove interdisciplinary barriers so as to facilitate inclusion. The ultimate aim is “digital participation.” There is no fixed curriculum, and instead the content of each course is defined by the particular interests of the senior citizens involved. Moreover, this process allows the “teachers” to learn more about their “clients,” which leads to the removal of barriers and better understanding. The small group size and the close cooperation foster a family-like atmosphere – one in which both sides feel comfortable to make mistakes.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Through peer counselling, the trainers are able to spread their knowledge to other institutions and organizations. “PIKSL mobile” – that is, the process of bringing the courses to various neighbourhoods – offers the possibility for senior citizens to book local courses. Going forward, the course concept will be enlarged by special tablet courses, which will be offered in the PISKL laboratories, as well as through mobile courses.