LIST (Leveraging the Digital & ICT Competences of Senior Women to Extenuate the Knowledge Divide)


ICT and innovation are among the core policies and priorities of the EU and National Governments. All citizens need to be able to use e-solutions to participate in civic and social life, to stay active and to maintain autonomy at home longer.

It is Europe’s concern to promote lifelong learning in the field of the Information Society, as several policy documents recall: Riga declaration, i2020 initiative, Ageing Well in I.S.; e-skills for 21st Century, ET2020, Lisbon Strategy, LLP etc.

The aims of LIST are:

• Sustaining active citizenship by avoiding the risk of marginalisation of groups affected by the knowledge divide in the digital society
• Improving tools and methods of adult learning in the specific field of ICT competencies
• Tackling the intergenerational gap between ‘digital natives’ and citizens less familiar with technologies

The LIST partners have conducted research on the ICT needs of older women, interests and attitudes towards ICT and the Web in each of the participating countries; Greece, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Austria and UK. The analysis of this initial research has been used to develop a curriculum for training in digital skills for over 200 older women. Training will be delivered by a trainer and high school students who will be trained as tutors and therefore the project will offer intergenerational exchange with ‘digital natives’. In total, 120 trainers and tutors will be trained with the LIST’s peer to peer quality certified methodology.

Who is involved

There are two main groups of participants which are outlined below:

a) Women aged over 55 with a low level of education or are economically inactive
b) High school students will be provided with an opportunity to test their teaching competencies

Benefits for the Community

  • People are more ICT literate
  • People will stay active longer

Benefits for the Younger People

  • More confidence
  • Ability to train other people

Benefits for the Older People

  • Be more ICT literate
  • Increased confidence
  • Learn Lifelong skills


European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme

Project partners are outlined below:

  • Life Long Learning Research Institute – Project coordinator (Greece).

  • The University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom).

  • European Centre for Women and Technology (Norway).

  • Folkuniversitetet Uppsala (Sweden).

  • Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation (Austria).

  • SpoÅ‚eczna Akademia Nauk_ University of Social Sciences (Poland)


Further information will be provided as the project concludes later this year

Methodological Guide to planning and delivering intergenerational digital workshops for women aged 50+

Scottish NPF Objectives

This project contributes to the Scottish National Performance Framework (NPF).

SMARTER – Expanding opportunities to succeed from nurture through to lifelong learning ensuring higher and more widely shared achievements.

These NPF objectives could also apply:

WEALTHIER & FAIRER – will support activities that address inequalities and enhance skills, employability and job opportunities. It builds on the characteristics of solidarity, cohesion and sustainability to ensure that all of Scotland has an opportunity to flourish

Scottish NPF Outcomes

Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens: To enable children, young people and (subsequently) adults to thrive from an early age, and make a positive contribution in the 21st century.

We are better educated, more skilled and more successful, renowned for our research and innovation.

We realise our full economic potential with more and better employment opportunities for our people.