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Web Surrenders to All Ages Belarusian project wins gold at prestigious Ukrainian PR competition
By Andrey Fiodorov
The Web Surrenders to All Ages social and educational project from Belarus, which teaches elderly people Internet skills, has received gold at the prestigious Ukrainian Pravda Awards. Implemented by a Belarusian mobile operator and the Belarusian Association of Social Workers, it has won the ‘Efficiency’ nomination and has been awarded a special prize from the Marketing Media Review magazine.
The professional contest in Kiev brought together 45 projects from across Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
The computer classes are run by volunteers, including students of Belarusian universities. In addition, lessons are supported by pensioners who have already mastered the necessary computer and Internet skills. The project began in Minsk in October, and over 350 pensioners are currently being taught within the programme. The first ‘graduates’ will appear in January and new ‘students’ will be enrolled. The idea is so successful that the organisers plan to launch the project in other Belarusian cities.