The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, has launched a campaign, in partnership with the CultureTECH Festival, to recruit 1,000 digital champions across the North West region.
The campaign has been developed in support of the Go ON NI initiative which seeks to address the lack of digital skills across the North of Ireland. As part of the campaign, the Mayor was joined by local business leaders and councillors in the signing of a Digital Charter to signify the city’s committment to addressing the digital skills divide.
Over 50 community organisations have already signed up and are committed to recruiting in excess of 1,000 digital champions who will take part in a series of free training workshops during the CultureTECH week in September.
Derry City Council is also supporting the campaign and staff will be getting involved by volunteering to become Digital Champions.
Colr. Stevenson said: “This partnership approach will supercharge our existing digital activity making it easier for people to build their digital skills and confidence, with the aim of reducing the number of people offline. Our mission is to make this city the most digitally capable place in the world to help boost our economy and strengthen our communities. I would urge everyone in the public, private & voluntary sectors to play their part in tackling digital exclusion and join the campaign.”
Tristan Wilkinson, Acting CEO, Go ON UK added: “Our research has suggested that nearly a quarter of adults in Northern Ireland lack basic online skills - that means no emails to friends and family, no social media and no applying for jobs, booking tickets, or accessing government services.
Connor Doherty from the CultureTECH Festival added: “We’ve been delighted to work alongside the Go ON NI team and the impressive list of supporters and partners they have developed in Northern Ireland. CultureTECH aims to connect the creative and cultural sectors with the technology sector and having the skills to access creative content online is fundamental to that. We’ve spoken to dozens of local community organisations from across the North-West and the response from them has been tremendous.
Further information is available online at www.digitalskills.com and www.playdigichamp.com”