To alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 policies, many initiatives have been developed by civil society organisations – NGOs, local governments, or citizens. A team of national researchers from the RESISTIRÉ project has collected and highlighted a set of particularly relevant initiatives in 27 European countries and in Iceland, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. These Better Stories cover eight specific domains: gender-based violence, the labour market, the economy, gender-pay and pension gaps, gender care gaps, decision-making and politics, environmental justice, human and fundamental rights.

This Better Story was collected by Raili Marling


This ambitious project, initiated by the Estonian Association of Pensioners’ Associations, aims to empower elderly individuals by providing them with training modules to enhance their digital literacy skills. By challenging the commonly held belief that age is a barrier to learning and personal development, this initiative seeks to bridge the digital divide among the elderly population.

Empowering the Elderly through digital literacy

Recognizing the importance of addressing the specific needs of vulnerable elderly people across Estonia, the project takes an intersectional approach that considers the influence of both age and socio-economic status. By tailoring the training modules to cater to these individuals, the project aims to create equal opportunities for all elderly citizens to benefit from the digital world.

Addressing seniors’ challenges

Each training programme offered by the project has a duration of 20 academic hours, providing a comprehensive and immersive learning experience. The Estonian partners involved in the development of these programs have contributed their expertise to create a diverse range of training modules that cater to the specific needs and interests of elderly individuals. Among these modules:

  • Addressing seniors’ challenges in the silver economy
  • Building digital skills
  • Social activity in old age
  • Memory training
  • Physical exercises


Find out more about the initiative

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