NUI Galway’s Click and Connect computer training returns

21 Jan 2013

Due to demand, NUI Galway’s free computer training initiative Click and Connect is about to kick off again to help individuals learn the basics of using a computer and the internet.

NUI Galway, working in partnership with Limerick Community Connect, DCU and Age Action Ireland, will deliver basic computer training to 40 more people from 29 January.

Tutors will introduce learners to the basic of computers and will teach them computer-based activities, such as how to surf the web and access Government information online, set up and use email, and download photographs.

Class sizes will be small and will take place in local, non-formal settings for two hours over three weeks.

“There are thousands of people living in Ireland today who have been left behind when it comes to the internet,” said Prof Gerry Lyons, dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway.

“Older people will particularly benefit, as will unemployed people and disadvantaged groups in the Galway region. These people miss out on opportunities most people take for granted.  For example, those not yet online cannot send emails, do internet searches for products or information, or conduct Government transactions online.”

Click and Connect is being delivered by the Discipline of Information Technology at NUI Galway and is funded by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

For more information on Click and Connect, or to register for the classes, contact co-ordinator David English in NUI Galway’s Discipline of Information Technology at 087 057 1967.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic