The ‘Urban Digital Futures’ project, launched at Belfast City Hall earlier this month, is set to provide over 900 teachers and local communities in Belfast and Londonderry with resources and training to help young people develop their digital skills and explore key economic growth sectors and themes underpinning the joint bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.
Belfast City Council and the Urban Villages Initiative are working together to connect schools and areas across Belfast and Londonderry through a programme enhancing the digital capacity of educationalists and those working in the community. This will support them in helping young people develop digital skills.
Post-primary schools in Belfast can now apply to take part in activities enabling their students to produce digital content; gain relevant work experience and participate in employer site visits in key growth sectors.
From their experiences, they will create digital content to help young people better understand key growth sectors for employment.
Councillor Mairéad O’Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to develop digital capacity in our schools and communities, and to give young people a deeper insight into the importance of digital technologies to our economy – given the huge growth potential that our creative industries and IT sectors hold.
“We’ll be providing educators and community leaders with face to face training and equipping them with substantive online resources.
“I can’t wait to see the digital content that they produce. And by engaging our young people in this programme, we’re giving them another way to engage more fully, confidently and safely in all aspects of life online.”
The Urban Villages Initiative is a key action within the Northern Ireland Executive’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy and is already facilitating participation in the project by primary schools and local groups serving Urban Village areas across both cities. This will include a focus on the European City of Culture theme.