ENTELIS+ Project study on building strong partnerships to reduce the digital divide
Technology is quite a boon to humankind today, but in this race of modernising our ways of working, studying, and even living life, we must ensure that we leave no one behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has considerably accelerated the digitalisation process, showing us the potential of technology and the way in which it can help us in our everyday life. It has set the trend of a digital way of life, but there is a certain lack of accessibility. Digitalisation needs to be shaped through the adoption of a proactive political approach.
In order to define the success factors for building strong partnerships to bridge the digital divide, the ENTELIS+ consortium carried out an analysis of existing good practices on digital skills to foster inclusive education for people with disabilities and older persons. This includes topics such as accessibility of service provision and the role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) accessibility in inclusive education. The study lists success factors on adapting to new policy and regulatory framework to ultimately reduce the digital gap and favour the development of inclusive ICTs.
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The lack of policies necessary for fostering widespread availability of ICTs and the lack of their effective implementation represent a serious challenge with regards to accessibility issues. Only through a coherent and cross-sectoral approach will it be possible to take full advantage of technologies’ positive impact, while avoiding possible side effects.