Are you a member of the Rural Society Association? Look no further! As early as October 2022 (2022), free digital skills training was launched for Gospodynia and Economics who want to start using the Internet or becoming online. More than PLN 3.7 million from European funds have been allocated to the “Digital Rooms of Rural People” project. What will you gain as a participant? In addition to your pleasure time to acquire new skills, you will receive a tablet in ownership.

The activities of the Rural People’s Archives have been very popular for years. These organisations involve the local community in cultivating memories of local traditions and folklore. The Kol’s members are also famous for the production of various types of craftsmanship linked to the culture of their region. Unfortunately, many of these people do not share their work online, making it difficult to reach their activities. The “Digital Collection of Rural People” project is being addressed to them to encourage them to present their products to online audiences.

The hosts will be able to participate in a series of free meetings in their district run by experienced coaches. The workshops will be able to learn how to handle the equipment in practice, as well as how to use networks, online communications or deal with cases online. Each participant will find something for themselves, as the classes will be divided into groups with different levels of maturity, and the knowledge gained will be able to use, among other things, to promote their circles on a large scale or to benefit from the acquired skills in their daily lives.

Learning will certainly be facilitated by special training materials and tablets that will be granted ownership at the end of the training. They also wait for certificates confirming the skills they have acquired.

Until 15 October, recruitment for workshops is ongoing for the Rural Entities in twelve counties: Pultuski, Arvoliński, Ostrowski, Byłgorajski, Włocławski, Konecki, Oleśnicki, Toruń, Łabeski, Łomżyński, Tarnovski and Ryck.

The project is implemented by the ‘Education Bez Barier – Foundation for the Development of Education in Poland’ in cooperation with the Project Centre Digital Poland, and training is granted by the honorary patronage of the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

You can sign up for your activity either by registering to the local Rural Coal, by telephone 22 112 04 88 or by contacting the District Plenipotentiary. The National Veterinary Inspectorate is suitable for the place where the Koła is registered or by means of the application form at:

Project target group:

Members of the Rural People’s Archives who are interested on their own initiative in raising, complementing or acquiring digital competences from districts:

  • Pułtuskie, in the Mazowieckie Voivodship;
  • garvoliński, in the Mazowieckie Voivodeship;
  • Ostrowski in Mazowieckie Province;
  • Bolgorajski in Lubelskie;
  • Włocławski in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province;
  • Konecki in Świętokrzyskie;
  • oleśnicki in Dolnośląskie Province;
  • Toruński in Kujawsko-Pomorskie;
  • łobourg in Zachodniopomorskie Province;
  • łomżyński in Podlaskie voivodship;
  • Tarnowskie in Małopolskie Province;
  • Rycki in Lubelskie.

Support under the Project will be provided to 1200 members of the Rural Entities from 12 districts, an average of 10 Rural Entities from each district, who will apply for the project on their own initiative.
The training will be provided in a stationary and remote format. In-situ training will take place at two levels: optimum (basic) and premium (medium), online training at levels: certified B2 Network Work Bases (basic) or certified S7 Online Cooperation (Medium Advanced).

The project’s in-person activities will take the form of workshops so that project participants can acquire as many practical skills as possible in digital competences. A stationary classroom will allow participants and participants to participate freely and actively in workshops under the trainer’s eye. Direct contact with the trainer is a much more efficient form of activity from the learner’s point of view. Due to the nature and scope of the training, and in particular due to the target group, it is planned that there will be around 10 people in each group. So few groups will provide as much contact as possible to the participant, the coach, which will guarantee a high level of acquisition of digital skills exercised during the classes.

Online training will be organised for those interested in a certified course preparing for certified ECDL examinations. The online form is dictated by the formulation of groups from different Kół Gospodarstwa Wieński from a given district and between districts. Activities will be carried out. Once a week, in the afternoon, for 9 weeks, a total of 27 hours of training is scheduled for each group and level. The learning scenarios developed will be taken into account and will be developed on the basis of the Digital Skills Catalogue of the Rural People’s Digital Room project.

Forms of support provided for in the project:

  • Training in the form of workshops carried out on a scale of 27h, i.e.: 9 meetings per 3h, at least once a week.
  • Individual approach and coach support throughout the training period
  • Digital competence survey.
  • Providing each participant with teaching material available in electronic or paper form.
  • Equipping participants/participants with electronic equipment – tablet.
  • Coffee catering during the training.

The implementation of the Undertaking will also contribute, as an overarching objective, to tackling the negative effects of COVID-19. The assumptions of the Digital Room of Rural Development are in line with the main objective of the Digital Poland Operational Programme, which is defined as “strengthening the digital foundations for the development of the country”. The project is directly linked to the area of development of the digital competences of society and is therefore also part of the intervention of Priority Axis III. Digital competences of society.

The project is implemented in accordance with the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, as well as accessibility for persons with disabilities and the principle of equality between women and men.

Launch of the project: ‘‘Digital Rural Peoples’ in Gostoków’