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More than 20 000 people involved in e-skills activities in Latvia

Mara Jakobsone, Vicepresident, LIKTA, Latvia

From 2-5 of March, 2010 a Pan-European initiative e-skills week was organized in all EU countries. Latvia was one of active participants, organizing e-skills and ICT training related activities for different target groups - students and teachers, ICT professionals, SMes and citizens.


E-skills week in Latvia was organized by LIKTA (Latvian information and communication technology associations) in cooperation with The Ministry of Regional development and Local government. More than 100 national and industry partners have been involved in e-skills week organization - Several ministries, state agencies, schools and library network, ICT enterprises, Banks and other e-services and e-skills training providers.
303 different events took place in 55 regions and cities of Latvia. All in total more than 20 000 participants took part in different seminars, trainings, workshops and e-skills tests.  All participants have been asked to register using digital counter which allowed to draw statistics about gender, age and occupation.

Participants by gender:

Women

10922

54.43 %

Men

9145

45.57 %

Participants by age groups:

Below 18

11400

56.81 %

18-25

4039

20.13 %

26-40

1755

8.75 %

41-55

1900

9.47 %

Over  55

973

4.85 %

Participants by occupation categories:

Student

1988

9.91 %

Pupil ( under 18 )

12673

63.15 %

teacher

891

4.44 %

Business executive/ employed in private sector

888

4.43 %

Working in public sector

1849

9.21 %

Retired

482

2.40 %

Unemployed

818

4.08 %

Other

478

2.38 %

Main activities during e-skills week in Latvia
E-skills week participants where invited to test their ICT skills with IT barometer - an online testing tool developed by LIKTA. More than 10 000 tests were taken for 3 barometer modules: basic ICT skills, word processing skills and skills to work with electronic spreadsheets and calculations
More than 5000 participants passed an online test for effective information search  and analysis offered by portal www.letonika.lv
Ministry of Science and Education has involved the whole school network to participate in e-skills activities. Activities in schools were organized in 3 main directions:
   - Introducing students to latest ICT technologies and testing their ICT skills
   - Introducing students to use of e-services
   - Seminars for students together with their parents- targeting issues of safe internet, cyber ethics etc.
Special training materials have been developed for entrepreneurs in cooperation with Ministry of Economy, Central Statistical Bureau, State Revenue services and other organizations providing e-services to SMEs 
Library network all over Latvia took part in e-skills week activities informing citizens and providing training on use of  Internet and e-services 
Special promotion activities have been organized by ECDL training and testing centres all over Latvia
With support of Lattelecom 2 days online seminar broadcasts have been organized to portal www.apollo.lv. The archives of online seminars are available at http://www.likta.lv/LV/Aktivitates/Lapas/online.aspx.

All events and materials developed for e-skills week in Latvia are available on LIKTA home page:
Events: (http://www.likta.lv/LV/Aktivitates/Lists/Pasakumi/AllItems.aspx)
Materials:  (http://www.likta.lv/LV/Aktivitates/Lapas/materiali.aspx)


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