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2019: Digital skills for all

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) for the forth time was the national partner for the ALL Digital Week in Cyprus.

Following up the success of the previous years, the  workshop “Coding our future” was organized once again in order to engage primary school children in gaining coding skills.

The workshop was offered to Primary school children and, depending on the age, the following workshops took place:

  • 1st and 2nd grade: Introduction to coding with the use of “Run Marco” and “Robot mouse”
  • 3rd and 4th grade: Introduction to coding through interactive games “Code.org” and “Lego WeDo”
  • 4th – 6th grade: Introduction to code writing with the use of “Scratch and “MeetEdison”

This year the workshop took place at the Primary Schools directly unlike the previous years where the students had to visit the CCS premises in Nicosia. This change gave the opportunity to students from remote areas to get involved and learn more about coding and expand their digital skills.

Together with their partners, CCS involved 625 people in the ALL DIGITAL Week events.

Contact: Toumazis Toumazi


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2019: Digital skills for all

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) for the forth time will be the national partner for the ALL Digital Week in Cyprus.

The Cyprus Computer Society is a professional and independent not for profit organization, seeking to improve and promote high standards amongst informatics professionals, in recognition of the impact that informatics has on employment, business, society as well as on the quality of life of the citizen. CCS is the the national ECDL Licensee and have a network of over than 200 ECDL Education and Test Centres in all cities and villages of Cyprus with a total clientele (most centres are also teaching other lessons, languages etc) of more than 25000 students of all ages and levels.

For ALL DIGITAL Week 2019 CCS will organise various activities related to the involvement of citizens of all ages in gaining or expanding their digital skills:

  • partners will participate at the International Educational Exhibition
  • partners will visit a number of schools to give presentations on ICT Skills and Digital Jobs
  • the Code Cyprus workshop and competition is organised at the UCLan University in Larnaka
  • free workshops on coding, programming and robotics for students will be offered during the All Digital week.
  • The activity “Let’s SHARE Larnaka” will take place where cizitens will be involved in the promotion of cultural heritage through social media.

PARTNERS

  • ECDL Test Centres – promotion and events organization
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture – know-how
  • The Office of the Digital Champion of Cyprus
  • CITEA (Cyprus IT Enterprises Association) – provider of business partners
  • CYTA – National telecommunications provider – support on planning
  • Public Universities: University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, Open university of Cyprus – promotion and event venues
  • Private Universities and Colleges: European University Cyprus, University of Nicosia, Frederick University, UCLan
  • Youth Board of Cyprus – promotion
  • DisruptCyprus News Portal – promotion
  • DisruptEurope News Portal – promotion

Together with their partners, CCS plans to involve at least 500 people in the ALL DIGITAL Week events.

Contact: Toumazis Toumazi


2018 REPORT: Digital Skills of the Future

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) for the third time was the National Partner for the ALL Digital Week in Cyprus.

CCS involved partners from all sectors, including ICT companies, educational establishments, telecommunication providers.

They organised five workshops on Programming and Robotics for 100 elementary school students – one per working day of the campaign week. Each workshop lasted 3 hours and involved 20-25 students. The workshops took place in the Science and Space café during school time and were run by the trainers from Frederick Robotics Academy and volunteers from Mathisis.org.

Platforms/Equipment used: Robotics with robot mouse or meet Edison and Visual coding with RUN MARCO, hour of code and scratch. 100 students will be involved in the workshops.

CCS is the national ECDL Licensee and have a network of over than 200 ECDL Education and Test Centres in all cities and villages of the country with more than 25000 students of all ages and levels. Their own website www.ccs.org.cy is visited by the ICT community of Cyprus. The campaign was promoted through the CCS and ECDL websites, social media, email lists, as well as partner’s websites and press releases.

Contact: Mrs. Christina Papamiltiadou


2018: Digital Skills of the Future

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) for the third time will be the National Partner for the ALL Digital Week in 2018.

CCS will involve partners from all sectors, including ICT companies, educational establishments, telecommunication providers.

They will organise five workshops on Programming and Robotics for elementary school students  – one per working day of the campaign week. Each workshop will last 3 hours and involve 20-25 students. The workshops will take place in the Science and Space café during school time and will be run by the trainers from Frederick Robotics Academy and volunteers from Mathisis.org. Platforms/Equipment used: Robotics with robot mouse or meet Edison and Visual coding with RUN MARCO, hour of code and scratch. 100 students will be involved in the workshops.

CCS is the national ECDL Licensee and have a network of over than 200 ECDL Education and Test Centre in all cities and villages of the country with more than 25000 students of all ages and levels. Their own website www.ccs.org.cy is visited by the ICT community of Cyprus.

The campaign will be promoted through the CCS and ECDL websites, social media, email lists, as well as partner’s websites and press releases.

Contact: Mrs. Christina Papamiltiadou


2017: Overview of commitments and activities

The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) for the second time was the National Partner for the European Get Online Week in 2017.

For the GOW17, CCS was to involve numerous partners from all sectors, including Ministries, private ICT companies, public and private universities, Youth Board of Cyprus, national and private telecommunication providers, and many others.

CCS had prepared an array of activities on all the three main topics of the campaign:

  • GOW Launch Event for the Public at the Mall of Cyprus: Informative and Fun event for people (families, youngsters, kids and parents) passing by. It will include music, Robots Demonstration and information desk about the GOW’s objectives and activities
  • Participation in the national e-skills for jobs project in cooperation with the project’s national partner CITEA
  • Participation in the International Educational Exhibition
  • Code Cyprus Event (workshop and competition) organised at the UCLAN University
  • Design, print and dissemination of a Flyer about Digital Jobs
  • Free workshops on coding, programming and robotics for students
  • Free seminars on basic ICT skills needed for employability and entrepreneurship
  • Visits to a number of schools to have presentations on ICT Skills and Digital Jobs
  • eServices Informational Events in rural areas

Specifically on the topic of Cybersecurity:

  • Cyber Security Presentations at Private Schools for students and teachers: Organized informative visits to (high school) to talk about digital identities, online safety and data privacy.
  • Cyber Security Tips for parents: “Protect kids online” events organized in cooperation with the Federation of Parents Association of Secondary and Primary Education

On the topic of e-Services:

E-Services Informational Events will take place in rural areas in order to raise awareness and educate about online opportunities. They will be organized in cooperation with the Department of Information Technology Services (DITS) which is the Government body responsible for matters concerning the promotion and application of Information Technology and e-Government in the Public Sector. They will be promoted through the Union of Cyprus Communities that aims to promote the independence and self-sufficiency of the Local Authorities. More CCS partners, such as the Cyprus Productivity Centre and the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization, will contribute to the organization of the seminars.

On the topic of Employment and Entrepreneurship:

Free seminars on ICT Basic Skills for unemployed will be organized through ECDL Centres’ Network all over Cyprus. They will mainly be addressed to unemployed women (in cooperation with local workers unions) and young unemployed people (in cooperation with local Chapters of the Youth Board of Cyprus).

Promotion

CCS is the national ECDL Licensee and have a network of over than 200 ECDL Education and Test Centres in all cities and villages of the country with more than 25000 students of all ages and levels. Their own website www.ccs.org.cy is visited by the ICT community of Cyprus.

The GOW17 was promoted through the CCS and ECDL websites, social media, email lists, as well as partner’s websites and press releases.

Contact: Mrs. Christina Papamiltiadou


2016: Overview of commitments and activities

The Cyprus Computer Society was the first national partner to coordinate GOW campaign in Cyprus in 2016. The Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) is a professional and independent not-for-profit organization, seeking to improve and promote high standards amongst informatics professionals, in recognition of the impact that informatics has on employment, business, society as well as on the quality of life of citizens.

Planned activities on Trust & Confidence:

  • Cyber Security Presentations at Private Schools for students and teachers: Organized informative visits to (high school) to talk about digital identities, online safety and data privacy.
  • Cyber Security Tips for parents: “Protect kids online” presentation by an international speaker specialized in Cyber Security. The event was organized in cooperation with the Federation of Parents Association of Secondary and Primary Education.

Planned activities on Digital Jobs:

  • Through their participation in the national e-skills for jobs project (that we take part every year) in cooperation with the project’s national partner CITEA (Cyprus IT Enterprises Association), CCS focused on the promotion of digital jobs.
  • Participation in 3 International Educational Exhibitions: (30-31/01 in Nicosia, 19-21/02 Nicosia & 9-10/4 Limassol) where they set up a GOW Information Desk (more than 15,000 guests expected for each exhibition).
  • Code Cyprus Event (workshop and competition) organised at the UCLAN University 10 days before the GOW, where GOW activities were announced.
  • Design, print and dissemination of a Flyer about Digital Jobs: it was disseminated through all partners and media channels described below.
  • Free seminars on ICT Basic Skills for unemployed organized through their ECDL Centres’ Network all over Cyprus: Lessons on MS Word and Online Essentials on how to use the Internet, email and social media. Addressed to unemployed women in cooperation with local workers unions and young unemployed people in cooperation with local Chapters of the Youth Board of Cyprus.
  • Free workshops on coding, programming and robotics for students: In cooperation with the EU project CoderDojo and university professors.
  • Visits to a number of schools to have presentations on ICT Skills and Digital Jobs: In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • Online Programming Competition for students of elementary, high school and college/university students.
  • Promotion of the employability tools Skillage.Eu and YouRock.Jobs through the Chapters of the Youth Board of Cyprus

CCS is the national ECDL Licensee and has a network of over 200 ECDL Education and Test Centres in all cities and villages of the country with a total clientele of more than 25,000 students of all ages and levels. The campaign was also promoted on CCS and ECDL websites and social media sites, through email dissemination to over 5,000 recipients, and partners’ websites and other channels.

Contact: Mrs. Christina Papamiltiadou