It is the role of Digital Society Department to inform, inspire and support people to gain skills, knowledge and understanding to use technology effectively and safely to engage in Qatar’s economic, civic, and cultural life.
Digital Inclusion Target Groups
Digital Inclusion work is prioritized and focused on particular groups who will otherwise be left behind in reaping the benefits of ICT. As a result of consultations with external stakeholder advisory groups, comprising community organizations, employers, Ministries, NGOs, and others, target groups for digital inclusion work programs have been selected and prioritized. The target groups are:
- Young people
- People with disabilities
- Qataris in small communities
- Low skilled migrant workers
- Elderly and retired
Digital Inclusion Toolkits have been developed to take the skills identified in the curriculum framework to a wider audience. The toolkits, amongst other things, host or point to content that will enable digital skills training programs to take place. For people taking early steps in digital skills, context and relevancy are essential. This is particularly true for those going online for the first time, and those who have low motivation to develop digital skills.
Understanding the purpose of a training activity and recognizing its relevance to everyday life can help to overcome fear and alienation from technology and foster learning and engagement. Selecting the right kind of material to engage and inspire learners is key to success. The toolkits have been developed for use by practitioners and ICT champions involved in the delivery of ICT training and support to the Qatari community.
Contents of the Toolkits
The toolkits contain a variety of existing bespoke and generic learning resources, as well as a variety of background information to provide support and relevance for practitioners (and ICT Champions) concerning the need to ensure the Qatari population has the skills to use technology and participate in – and benefit from – Qatar’s growing knowledge and information society. Case studies relevant to the target groups are provided, and information on support mechanisms currently available to practitioners is also included.
How to use the Toolkits
Some resources are provided in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat format, and some are links to external Websites. All resources open in a new browser tab. The Curriculum Framework also opens in a new tab to provide an ease of reference when using the toolkit.
All of the internal resources (Word, PowerPoint, and so on) and the pages of the toolkit can be printed, and internal resources can also be saved individually to enable contextualization for specific delivery. External resources (Websites) may be printable for use in a face-to-face delivery, and it may be possible to download resources for adaptation, but this will depend on the copyright owner, and each Website should be checked first.