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Local Computer Courses - Good for Young and Old


A youth initiative in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region developed into a key internet and computer training provider for this rural area, engaging the youth from the villages to train the elderly in internet, web-site design and other ICT applications.



The Pluzninca community consists of 20 villages with a total of 5,000 inhabitants. In 2002 a youth NGO was started with the aim to prepare youth and children in this rural area for active citizenship. Identifying the existing local needs, the association has developed its offer from plain leisure activities into organising international youth exchanges and providing IT-infrastructure and training. The vision was to become a major centre for information technology in the area, serving all age groups.


The main objective of the project was to increase computer and internet education and skills for inhabitants of the region, increasing their potential and improving their possibilities to find better jobs. A more general objective was to stimulate the participation of young people in the project, particularly in teaching old people how to use a computer, in order to establish also a link between different generations.

Main activities

The main activities consisted of organising computer courses in order to train participants on how to use internet based services. The courses were organised according to the specifications set out in the "European Computer Driving Licence e-Citizen" module.

Results & Benefits

16 different training courses were organised and 192 people from the area participated. The implementation of the project helped to develop common interests between different generation, creating a bridge between young and older people. in addition, youngsters were given professional opportunities as teachers, allowing them to live and work in the countryside.

Lessons learnt

The project made creative use of young people's interest in new technologies. Big ICT companies are not interested in investing in rural areas and engaging youngsters in teaching older people how to use a computer and Internet allows to both increase the computer literacy in the area and engage two vulnerable age groups, young and old, at the same time.

Project location and other information

Kujawsko-Pomorskie region



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

85 543

EAFRD contribution (€)

72 711

National contribution (€)

12 832

Project website

Contact name

Jolanta Skonieczka


+48 56 6887452

Languages for contact

English, Polish

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Non-farm or non-forest entreprises, Public/local authorities, Non-governmental organisations

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Training and skills acquisition
• 331. Training and information


Information technology, Skills acquisition, Society, Training, Young people

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