A center to promote the digital inclusion of young people in remote areas. Inaugurated by Sky in collaboration with the Café Association – a help center for minors and families in crisis – in Milan: it is the first Italian Sky Up Digital Hub, a new space designed to promote digital inclusion among the youngest in a marginal area. from the city. The center is part of the Sky Up Group project, which was born with the aim of supporting people at greater risk of digital exclusion, residing in low-income areas and who do not feel safe enough in using new technologies.. The project foresees the opening of one hundred Sky Up digital centers across Europe with the aim of improving the digital skills of young people under the age of 25 residing in disadvantaged urban areas and people over the age of 65 who often remain excluded from the digital world and do not know its potential and risks. In Italy, the Sky Up Digital Hub has joined the Manifesto of the Digital Republic, a national initiative promoted by the Department of Digital Transformation under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers within the framework of the “Italy 2025” strategy with the aim of combating the digital cultural divide present in the Italian population, to support maximum digital inclusion and to promote education about Future technologies, accompanying the country’s digital transformation process.
The Milano Digital Center is inaugurated in the Bisegli area, at the headquarters of the Café League’s Teen Lab daytime education centre. which follows children and young adults who have been removed from their families because they are victims of abuse and serious abuse. Within the space, young people supported by the Café Association can take advantage of Sky Wifi broadband connectivity and the many devices Sky has to offer. This includes video editing tools such as state-of-the-art computers, digital creative content development applications, editing software, and audiovisual imaging equipment, including microphones and ring lights. Sky Glass is also available in the centre, to spend your leisure time and enjoy the best entertainment contents. In the Digital Centre, children will be able to enhance their digital skills thanks to workshops conducted by Sky volunteers.
“When it comes to digitization – commented Sarah Varito, Executive Vice President Communications, inclusion and the bigger picture for Sky Italia – Italy still lags behind Europe, with less than half of people having basic digital skills. For this reason, we are particularly proud to launch Sky Up in Italy: spaces like the one that opened today can make a small but important contribution to combating the digital divide between the most disadvantaged groups of the population. I thank the Caf Association for believing in our project and working with us to achieve it.” «For our association – added Giovanni Pasetti, CEO of the Café Association – working with adolescents in difficulty has taken on an increasingly important role in the past decade. For these children, who cannot rely on family networks that protect, mediate, or provide stimuli, being able to access a container in which to learn and experiment with new, more consciously developed techniques is an extraordinary opportunity.”
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