Longford Women’s Link (LWL) is a partner in a new Erasmus+ project on digital competences and skills and attended the first meeting in December in Brussels, hosted by IHF. The DELSA project addresses the issue of low digital competences and skills and will develop concrete training and educational resources to advance digital abilities of adults. The two-year project has eight partners from six European countries (Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain) and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission under Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.
The resources developed by the DELSA project will be developed according to an accurate evidence-based assessment, ensuring a bottom-up approach which will produce outcomes fully relevant and consistent with the actual needs of the target group.
At the Brussels meeting, the partners had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share relevant knowledge from each country. The meeting then focused on the project implementation, focusing on specific actions to analyse the issues, produce project outputs and disseminate the learning widely to ensure that the actions have results are visible across Europe. Multiplier Events in each project country are envisioned during the DELSA lifetime to foster project visibility and to disseminate its methodology and outputs.
The DELSA project lead partner is Irish Rural Link and LWL are represented on the IRL board by Deputy CEO Tara Farrell. Tara is also the Chairperson of AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation in Ireland. LWL is recognised as an adult education and social inclusion expert and will play a key role in the mapping of digital skills and competences (lead by Maynooth University) and in content development. LWL delivers training and education programmes to over 400 students per year at its QQI-accredited Women’s Community Education Centre, including third level outreach via its community partners. The focus of the training and education element of LWL’s model encourages women to broaden their horizons and explore learning opportunities in innovative and creative ways.