Fundacion Acción Social Eduación y Tiempo Libre, Barcelona, Spain
ESPLAI’s mission is promoting social inclusion trough ICT, focusing on people affected by the digital gap, as well as those at risk of social exclusion. Our project’s aim is to develop training methodologies for digital literacy, addressed to these vulnerable groups, as well as helping ICT users to gain e-skills, improving their ability to get into the labour market.
Among ESPLAI’s most recent projects we can find actions addressed to several of these groups. Women – Gender equality in the access to ICT – we are very active in this field, working with the gender issue itself, but also gender mixed with other factors like being unemployed or an immigrant; Inmates – in 2009 we developed a basic digital literacy program in 8 Spanish prisons; Elderly and disabled people – through the programme “Accessible Digital Literacy for everyone”, we are developing an accessible e-learning platform to be used by those with disabilities; Youth – being one of our star programmes, based on the service-learning philosophy, where young people voluntarily teach ICT to adults, after considerable training; Rural environments – through dynamization of rural telecentres all over Spain (the process of transforming a static data structure into a dynamic one).
After some years working only at a national level, ESPLAI foundation made headway and started to get involved in international projects. In 2009 ESPLAI received European funding for three different projects, leading two of them: 1) The Grundtvig programme called “Improving key competences of citizens at risk of exclusion from the labour market” (KEYC4All) which purpose is to support enhancement of basic key competences of low qualified adults in order to improve their employability, by means of an alternative learning approach; 2) The Leonardo programme: “European VET solution for e-Inclusion facilitators” (VET4e-i) whose main aim is to design a certifiable training curriculum for e-Inclusion facilitators, and also to build up a new supportive ‘blended learning’ environment inspired in Web 2.0 tools. Finally, 3) (although not as leaders but as review partners) we participated in another Grundtvig project called “Innovative models to integrate learning and working in adult prisons” (KEYS) consisting of developing innovative and transferable models to combine learning and working in prisons, in order to improve the educational opportunities for the marginalized group of adult prisoners. These three projects are currently running, and to them, we have to add two more: 1) “Click to Europe” project, lead by a Serbian organization and consisting on facilitating the exchange of experiences and transferring of know-how and best practices from EU professional organisations and networks actively working on e-inclusion to civil society organisations, public and private sector representatives in Serbia working in the same field; 2) Our most recent European funded project prior to Learn2Teach, “E-Scouts” which started running in January 2011.
In 2005 Esplai set up a new project called “CONECTA JOVEN”. Conecta Joven is a service learning project with the aim to promote training skills to young people in basic e-skills, to promote their participation in the society and include their first “curriculum vitae” activites. It is a volunteering action which includes training, meetings and monitoring during three to six month periods, in collaboration with local organisations and secondary schools.