Libraries – Hubs for developing basic digital skills for Romanians

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Libraries – Hubs for developing basic digital skills for Romanians
Wednesday 11 October 2023, 10.00 am, at the Carol I Central University Library

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Event organized by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization in partnership with the Academy of Romanian Scientists and with the support of the World Bank.

The event is dedicated to the re-launch of the call for projects funded by Investment 17. Component 7. Digital Transformation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan in the NRRP where research tools will be presented in order to define the content of the training of citizens for raising digital competences.

In line with the provisions of the draft NRRP grant:  

  • digital literacy
  • communicate
  • media literacy
  • digital content creation
  • digital security
  • digital entrepreneurship education

Romania aims to increase the basic digital skills of its citizens from 34.4% in 2022 to 80% in 2030 (according to the European Digitalisation Strategy). In this context, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitisation, through the Investment “Funding schemes for libraries to become hubs for digital competence development, (Investment 17. Component 7. Digital Transformation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan of the NRRP), aims to build on the existing network of public libraries to support the creation of a network of digital hubs to facilitate the development of digital skills.

As part of this, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitisation is also implementing a training programme that aims to develop basic digital skills for 100,000 citizens, with priority given to citizens from marginalised and disadvantaged groups.

The technology investment consists of equipping 105 libraries  to become digital skills development hubs and 1030 libraries will benefit from funds to change/upgrade their IT equipment.

A minimum of 1135 libraries will benefit from the investment as follows:

  • 105 libraries, including 5 county library headquarters and 100 municipal or rural libraries, will be renovated and equipped with computers and technical equipment
  • 1030 libraries will benefit from new or upgraded IT equipment

 Achieving these objectives is a the historic opportunity to transform libraries into true digital hubs through which we can increase the digital skills of Romanians. I invite you to be partners in this important step for the digital transformation of Romania in support of improved living  and working conditions for citizens.