Regional Telecottages Public Association of South Hungarian Plain (DTE) was founded 16 years ago with 21 founder members and since, 59 telecentres has joined from Bács-Kiskun, Békés and Csongrád county. DTE has an extensive partner network on national and international level in order to provide the trainer and advisory background. DTE was awarded on 20th August 2007 with the honour of “Civil Közösségi Díj” (Civil Community Reward) which was established by the Local Government of Csongrád county. In the autumn of 2011, we won 1st award in the category of micro entreprises in the campaign of “Bike to the work”. In 2014, in the annual conference of Telecentre Europe, in Zagrabe, we won 1st prize with our training “Telecottage Katedra - Smartphones from the choice to the administration”.
MISSION The organization manages innovations in order to promote economic, social, cultural development and improvement in the South Hungarian Plain. It DEALS WITH REGIONAL DISADVANTAGES and try to surmount regional obstacles of the settlements and the small regions of the South Hungarian Plain Region, particularly by serving complex information and supporting Integrated Community Service Venues, telecentres and similar institutions. The Association supports the establishment of such new institutions, organises their regional services, protects and represents their rights and interests and supports their activities. Moreover, our organisation SUPPORTS SMALL COMMUNITIES, DISADVANTAGED REGIONS and has close contact with local people, local governments and other institutions. Our Association is an accredited adult educational institution and we organize several trainings and courses.
More information information can be found on our official homepage in Hungarian: www.telehaz-del- alfold.hu
Telecentre Danmark is a Danish non-for-profit organisation (NGO) and a member based association with a central office in Copenhagen, Denmark.
They represent publicly and private funded telecentres/telecentre networks, ICT learning centres, adult education centres and where young and adults can access the Internet, learn the latest digital skills and keep up to date with technology and community developments.
They coordinate a number of projects, programmes and campaigns that empower people through ICT by finding new paths to employment, community life, relevant information and staying in touch with friends and family. All their members and partners believe that Information and Communication technology has an enormous potential to combat social exclusion and poverty.
In today’s knowledge based society digital technologies represent a gateway to economic and social development. Although more than 75% in Denmark are internet users, many others are still missing out: the elderly, the poor and those living in rural areas. Moreover, even those that are connected often do not know what opportunities exist in the digital sphere in terms of employment, but also personal and professional development and an improved communication with others, in their own community and beyond.
Their main MISSION is teaching of e-skills for senior citizens over 60 years. - A society for all.
ICT centres are open for all over 60 years old and all tuition is free.
The ICT centres are attracting especial the volunable elderly citizens. They collaborate with approx. 80 ICT centres in Denmark dedicated for the senior citizens – approx. 1200 volunteer instructors (all over 60 years), approx. 6000 students annually (all over 60 years).
Telecentre Danmark provides teaching programmes for the instructors/students, provides teaching courses for the instructors – train the trainer.
The Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association (KIFE) is a nationwide umbrella organisation embracing 31 organisations and 5 individuals with the aim of providing a forum for catholic youth and adult education organisations and initiatives in Hungary and across the border. KIFE particularly aims at continuously enhancing the quality of training activities, supporting the work of member organizations and the representation of associates in Hungary and abroad. Its services, partnership and professional support are provided and offered for various spheres, actors of society (trainers, civil organisations and their representatives, youth workers), with a growing emphasis on disadvantaged target groups (those living in rural areas, women, the youth, seniors, the unemployed, the disabled). KIFE itself initiates and starts innovative projects related to youth development and adult education, which, thanks to non-formal learning methods, carries out a successful personal and professional development. A strong emphasis is laid on enhancing the participation of target groups, developing competences, spreading community building and training for members of the society who suffer from disadvantages for some reason, and on providing them with equal opportunities.
During KIFE’s 20-year existence, it allocated lots of high quality knowledge and professional relationships, and was continuously seeking areas and situations that were in need of development. The organisation realised many projects and trainings in order to help seniors and those who pursue the same.
Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has been established in 2001 with the role to regulate the electronic communications, eCommerce and postal sectors so as to ensure efficient and fair competition, customer choice and value for money.
MCA also has the remit to bridge the digital divide by stimulating and supporting citizens and business to embrace Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a key enabler to continued social and economic growth. To this end, a number of strategies and initiatives aimed at driving digital literacy have been implemented by the Information Society services arm of MCA. In this context, MCA works to ensure that everyone can access technology, is competent to use it safely for own advantage and, through its use, can leave a positive impact on the community.
Collaborating closely with various stakeholders from the public, private and civil society, MCA also strives to make Malta an eInclusive society, a state where the economy, and the community in general, can sustainably develop through ICT enabled innovation. Since eInclusion and innovation are horizontal themes which spread across many policy areas, MCA’s collaborative initiatives in this sense cover a wide range – from education and training, to business, public and social policy, with many others in between.
Notwithstanding significant improvements in bridging the digital divide achieved over the last years, there are still 29% of Maltese individuals aged between 16 and 75 who have never used the Internet. The youngsters with disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. drop-outs, young convicts in prison, youth from families dependent on social benefits) are at a significant risk of social exclusion in such case, particularly as the digital technologies are becoming more pervasive in today's work environment and community in general.
In this context and within the framework of the recently launched Digital Malta Strategy, MCA is now working on further supporting the development of digital skills and entrepreneurship competences amongst the Maltese citizens, specifically amongst the young cohorts. Particular emphasis is intended to be placed in highlighting the importance and opportunities offered by eCommerce and eBusiness to entrepreneurial youth.
Based on a long track -record of successful collaborations, MCA has in this sense the support and collaboration of the Maltese Department of Education, the Parliamentary Secretariat and National Agency responsible for Youth, Malta Enterprise and other key relevant stakeholders from across the youth, training and business support sectors.
The Societatea Maghiara de Cultura din Transilvania (SMTC/EMKE) was established on 12th April in 1885 in Kolozsvár. The number of its members with the founders increased to 20.000 until the 1st World War and its activities expanded to 16 counties. In the first three decades of its operation, it run 268 elementary schools, 77 kindergarten, an orphanage, an agricultural school at Algyógy, 214 public and military library; it taught 12.000 illiterate people in 431 villages, it started reading, singing and youth education movements. It took industrial and agricultural political role: it established industrial and consumers’ cooperatives and loan associations in Transylvania for the first time. The Transylvanian Úti-kalauz (edited by József Sándor and Gyula Merza in 1891) and the EMKE- daloskönyv (constructed by Gerő Deák in 1892-1904) published in four editions and spread in 19.000 copies were the most popular between the circa 80 literary, historical and scientific educational publications. In order to develop the local industry, it operated without national discrimination.
The periods of EMKE:
1885-1910: rising and economic strenghtening of EMKE; it established Székely Földműves Iskola in the domain of the honorary chairman, Kocsárd Kun in Algyógy (Hunyad county)
1911-1918: stagnation of the economic strengthening; its main activity was asset management; there was disagreements in the management but the agricultural school was popular.
1918-1920: As a result of the changing Power in Transylvania, EMKE was done out of its money totally.
1921-1940: it was impossible for EMKE to operate because the new Romanian authority asked more and more alteration of the statutes of EMKE, due to the parliamentary work of the president, József Sándor, the institution was not closed, it fought for the minority rights.
1941-1944: after the Second Vienna Award, EMKE operated in North-Transylvania temperately, it participated in the writers’ cultural activity in villages and organized these events with the “culture bus” got from the Hungarian Cult Ministry and equipped with the most modern audio-visual devices of that age and with a library for lending books.
1945-1947: it operated as the cultural committee of experts of the Magyar Népi Szövetség.
1947: the people’s democracy, the new communist power close EMKE as it was an institution representing civil values.
1948-1990: EMKE did not operate.
1991: it started its operation again, from the beginning, in the spirit of cultural autonomy, as the depositary of modern qualitative cultivation of culture, with stimulating the modernization and with keeping the fundamental principles of the targets from 1885.
1992: building of the organisational life, establishing professional colleges.
1993: in the new local government structure, in the program of lobby alliance, EMKE was the operative executor of the Cultural chapter; From the results: establishing Hungarian house chain in the fragmented areas with the support of Hungary (Illyés Foundation), representative donations and inheritances (e.g.: Szabédi Emlékház, Györkös Mányi Albert Emlékház);
EMKE transformed its professional colleges into independent national professional civil organisations, thus it contributed to the institutionalization of Romanian-Hungarian cultural life (Romániai Magyar Dalosszövetség, Romániai Magyar Könyves Céh, Romániai Magyar Népfőiskolai Társaság, Romániai Magyar Népművészek Szövetsége, Romániai Magyar Zenetársaság, etc.).
2001: EMKE operated as an independent “umbrella organisation”; from 2004 it became an “umbrella organisation” and association of cultural civil organisations The head-quaters of the National Office of the President of EMKE is in Kolozsvár, the Szabédi Emlékház, where a significant collection of books and handwritings can be found.
The everyday educational programs and events of EMKE are held in Györkös Mányi Albert Emlékház. The stressed events of EMKE: EMKE General Assembly and rewarding gala: according to the statutes of EMKE, the representatives of its branch and companion organisations participates in the GA. As a part of the GA of EMKE, people who had outstanding achievements in the Romanian-Hungarian cultural life are rewarded. Szabédi Days: this is a conference which commemorates about László Szabédi’s (work)life for XXIV. time this year. Romanian Hungarian Houses program: it supports the self-organisation of Hungarian communities in the fragmented areas in Romania and the defence of native language culture.