Information and communication technologies have become the technological basis of new kind of society that is based on a revolution in knowledge, that has led to a conceptual change, which does not only involve a revolution in technology, ut also revolution in learning. Senior citizens are importnat target groupin this learning. They have knowledge and experience but need ICT skills to use them in modern society, so they will be able to open up new opportunities for growth, skilled jobs and social well-being.
Digitisation brought the change which has marked the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution and its application to everyday life, compels us to transform the information and communication society into a new knowledge society, a highly-educated society, with a critical eye, with an ability to learn how to live together, to interact, to know and to do things, with the right kind of preparation to live in a world that is going to be different. Senior citizens are part of this world and need to learn how to live and communicate with younger generations, how to be part of leaning and also labout market by using ICT tools.
Digital citizenship in today’s world requires specific tools and strategies to address efficiently seniors. Non-formal and informal education can compensate what formal education cannot do and fulfill the gap, and instill competences which people need to become digitally literate.
The purpose of the validation of professional competencies is to facilitate seniors in the access to training for acquiring qualifications and recognition of competences obtained by a respective profession and access to the labor market. A right to validation have individuals who possess the necessary level of education.
The role of adult educators in validation seniors’ competences is very important. They can inform, motivate, explain how and where seniors can validate their ICT competences and by this increase visibility and value of their knowledge not only in ICT but in their professional areas where they need ICT skills.
Validation of ICT competences is important also in the field of personal development as inclusion and participation in the public life or in the new professional life, quality of education and training is needed to ensure that seniors are trained, active and responsible citizens.
The main outcomes of validation are:
- Increased self-esteem / self-awareness / self-reflection.
- Empowerment and confidence.
- Tailor made learning opportunities.
- Stimulus and motivation to engage in further learning.
- Access to higher level of study.
- Gain evidence to apply for employment / promotion.
- Visualized learning progress.
Senior citizens very often know how and where to learn ICT but mostly they do not know how and where validate their new gained competences, what kind of competences can be validated and what kind of procedure they have to pass for that.