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Enabling Seniors to get digitally linked in a sensible nation

Enabling Seniors to get digitally linked in a sensible nation

The Digital for Life motion affords a possibility for like-minded folks or corporations to work in direction of the widespread aim of bridging the digital divide, constructing a protected and inclusive digital society for all.

To this finish, RLAF periods embody one-on-one periods to show seniors learn how to use the praying reserving system, for instance, however would typically increase to different apps resembling Well being Hub, Zoom, Singpass and extra.

It additionally helps to have passionate lecturers. One volunteer, Mr Amirul Husni, has been to mosques round Singapore to show seniors learn how to use digital companies on their smartphones for the previous six years.

Probably the most heartening factor, he mentioned, is seeing how thrilled seniors are once they can use digital companies themselves with out counting on household or pals.

“We hope that extra seniors will speak in confidence to embrace digital know-how, firstly utilizing the smartphone functions for his or her each day wants and finally, for some, stick with it pursuing different superior digital know-how functions resembling coding,” mentioned Mr Muhd Faizal Othman, RLAF’s chief govt officer. 

Residing in a well-connected nation, the Malay-Muslim group has adopted and embraced know-how like some other group right here, he famous. 

“We learn the Quran digitally, ebook a prayer area in a mosque by way of an internet site, pay zakat and donations on-line, snicker at content material on social media channels, and store on-line,” he defined.

“Although there could also be a small group that want some catching up in embracing know-how, there are all the time palms holding them, to stroll on this digital for all times journey,” he added.

One broad purpose of RLAF, he defined, could be to equip seniors with the digital expertise to be impartial, to allow them to be assured to get linked and perform transactions on their very own.

For Mdm Jaleha, the educational doesn’t cease along with her. When she strikes up a dialog with fellow seniors at the moment, she is eager to share with them the digital lessons accessible in order that they can also get linked.

If they’re shy to ask questions in school, she asks on their behalf generally. On the significance of studying, she refers back to the Malay proverb diam-diam ubi berisi.

Loosely translated, it refers to a tapioca that’s silent however is loaded with diet, not in contrast to an individual who’s quiet however good, all the time in deep thought and able to be taught.

She hopes different seniors will be capable to take up new expertise as she did and overcome obstacles to turn into digitally literate.

To search out out how one can even be part of this motion to assist allow Seniors like Mdm Jaleha get digitally linked, go to go.gov.sg/digitalforlife.

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