Seniors make the grade and graduate Tech Savvy

Published Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Participants from the Fairfield City Libraries’ Tech Savvy Seniors program are graduating with flying colours today and becoming savvy in our technological world.

The 40 residents undertook a four-session course, which included computer basics, internet and email workshops. The program has focused on introducing and improving the skills of participants, empowering them to surf the net and use basic applications.

Fairfield City Libraries facilitated the program by hosting sessions at the Cabramatta Library. The training was delivered by bilingual trainers in Cantonese and Vietnamese, which has helped build IT skills and decrease the technological gap so participants can become ‘tech savvy’.

The Tech Savvy Seniors program is a joint partnership by the NSW Government and Telstra as part of the NSW Ageing Strategy and aims to provide technological knowledge to seniors. The program aims to help bridge the gap between seniors who use technology and those who do not.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said this initiative had significantly increased the technological knowledge of seniors. 

“Tech Savvy Seniors has coincided with the launch of the Fairfield City Open Libraries Program, where patrons have free wi-fi available and access to computer terminals,” Mayor Carbone said.

“The participants now have the confidence to walk into the library and use Press Display to access newspapers and magazines from more than 100 countries in 60 languages."

Participant Ok Soon Lim said the program had helped to overcome his fear of using the internet.

"I really enjoyed learning how to use the library's resources and get online access to the international newspapers. It helps me learn more about what is happening in my country so I can email with my overseas families."

Mayor Carbone said graduates could enjoy the benefits of the library facilities while they got connected with family and friends from around the world.

Kwok-Hing Cheung said his favourite part of the course was learning how to create an email and Facebook account. "I have now bought myself an iPad and have been inspired to enroll myself into another computer course.”

The Fairfield City Open Libraries Program aims to create opportunities for lifelong learning and the Tech Savvy Program has supported this objective. 

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