Older people in rural Belarus are staying connected during the COVID-19 outbreak, thanks to the digital skills they have learnt from an EU-supported course.
Over two years, more than 80 senior citizens in the Homieĺ region have received training in digital literacy through the Computer from scratch course, which is now helping them to keep in touch with their friends and family online.
The course was part of the EU-funded Support to local development in the Republic of Belarus project, which was implemented by United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Economy.
For Valentina Soychik from the small town of Korma, the skills she learned on the course are a lifeline in this time of social isolation. She now has her own computer and is a confident Internet user, communicating with relatives and friends, shopping online for food, sewing materials, and even a new boiler.