Toolkits for the Elderly

As Qatar continues its journey to becoming a knowledge-based society, it is important that no one be left behind.

Older people are at a particular risk, and it is estimated that there are nearly 45,000 people who are over 60 years old in Qatar who may fall into this category.

Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has developed “Wasla” (that means “connection” in Arabic) – an initiative that helps families stay connected.

WASLA - Intergenerational ICT Learning Program

The program promotes the digital inclusion of older members of Qatari society by harnessing help, guidance and support from younger relatives who are typically high school students between 15 and 18 years old. These digital natives serve as “Digital Champions” and work with their own relatives to make sure they are online. There are almost 55,000 young people in Qatar who are secondary school students who might be potential digital champions.

The Digital Inclusion team has designed training and support materials which provide participating organizations (schools and youth clubs) and young people with the tools they need to successfully deliver the program.

Expected Outcome

We believe that our intergenerational program will have a dramatic, positive impact on the lives of all participants, including both younger and older generations.

For older people, this program will deliver four distinct outcomes:

  1. Enhanced usage of ICT in everyday activities
  2. Reduced isolation by being able to use and understand  ICT
  3. Full integration into a ICT-led knowledge based society
  4. Creation of a lifelong learning mind-set

 Digital Champions will benefit by:

  1. Gaining new interpersonal communication skills 
  2. Sharing their knowledge and deepening their relationships with older family members
  3. Being able to count their work as Community Service Hours (CAS)
  4. Enhancing social skills