“Digital Skills for You(th)” project – supporting teachers’ work in digital education

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The DS4Y project aims to support teachers' work in digital education.

Digitization is one of the most prominent developments of our times. The term does not only refer to data procession and data storage that once worked analogous and now has a digital basis, but also to the various techniques of everyday life, which are more and more affected by digital technologies. Everyone who wants to participate in a digital society is increasingly dependent on mastering the various digital challenges and acquiring digital skills. People from disadvantaged backgrounds however have fewer chances to do so, which leads to a phenomenon called "Digital Divide": Digital skills are not distributed equally within the society which consequently leads to an unequal distribution of social wealth.

"Digital Skills for You(th)" (DS4Y) is a project which aims to contribute to reduce this digital divide. Beginning in January 2017, it was funded for 26 months by the European Union within the Erasmus Plus programme and was executed by the Digital Opportunities Foundation from Germany (project coordinator), the NCBI from the Czech Republic and Fundación Esplai from Spain.

DS4Y is focused on disadvantaged people within the target group of the youth. According to the project summary "young people from socially or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to receive the guidance necessary to fully develop their digital media skills in their families". The summary further states that these people can't be sufficiently reached by classical school education and therefore social youth work can play an important role.

Instead of applying own courses and measures, the DS4Y project focuses on the support of educators in youth work and aims to ensure they are capable to impart digital literacy to their students. Therefore an "adequate blended learning concept" as well as a "curricula for a face-to-face training with accompanying online learning materials and online learning units" were developed. They are accompanied by an upstreamed analysis of concrete training needs as well as information on the transferability of the concepts into new environments.

Are you an educator and interested in the material the project partners created? Then have a look on the information page on this topic and the contact information.

Stakeholder in charge: TU Dortmund

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