IT educational programme by seniors for seniors
WANTED: Five IT-savvy seniors to train other seniors in a newly launched StarHub Golden Gurus programme.
In line with the Government’s promotion of active ageing, StarHub’s Golden Gurus programme, supported by Council for Third Age (C3A) and RSVP ProGuide – the social enterprise by RSVP Singapore, a non-profit organisation for senior volunteers – will see tech-savvy seniors giving back to society by teaching IT to other seniors at RSVP as well as other yet to be determined locations.
“StarHub is a firm believer in the use of technology to empower individuals as well as forge stronger relationships within families and between friends,” said Neil Montefiore, CEO, StarHub. “Golden Gurus will enable tech-savvy seniors to stay active and catalyse other seniors in staying connected to society and their loved ones.”
StarHub is looking for digitally fluent seniors 55 and above to apply via the Golden Gurus microsite at www.starhub.com/goldengurus. People who know of tech-savvy seniors can also submit nominations there on their behalf. Judges from StarHub and C3A will then select five Golden Gurus to be unveiled at the C3A-organised 50 plus Expo from March 22 to 24, 2013.
After exclusive training from RSVP ProGuide and StarHub, the Golden Gurus will then become co-trainers with RSVP ProGuide, imparting their technological abilities at community workshops conducted by RSVP ProGuide in at least two IT-related workshops for seniors within a year. Showcasing and leveraging on lifestyle topics that will appeal to seniors, the workshops are set to be far more engaging than one’s typical computer class. The Golden Gurus will also share their knowledge via social media, blogs and more.
“Golden Gurus will have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals, upgrade their skills and share their knowledge with their peers,” shared Montefiore. “Besides that, they will also enjoy exclusive Golden Guru perks from StarHub, including a free mobile device worth up to S$1,000 and exclusive invitations to StarHub events.”
“Given our increasingly longer life spans, it is even more important for everyone to stay active and connected as they age,” stated Koh Juay Meng, president, RSVP Singapore. “We are proud to be a part of StarHub’s bold and inclusive effort to proactively involve senior citizens in connecting with modern technology.”
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