Introducing the 4Es
Currently, IMDA’s NEU PC Plus (NPP) programme supports low-income households with school-going children or persons with disabilities (“PWDs”) with broadband access and computer ownership. Eligible beneficiaries are provided with a PC (laptop/ desktop) bundled with 3 years of free broadband subscription. Students who are unable to co-pay for the PC can be further supported through the iNSPIRE Fund, whereby the PC is fully subsidised.. To further support school-going children’s needs in this Covid-19 situation, the programme offers the option of a second PC for families with three or more school-going students. Project D.I.P. complements the efforts of IMDA’s NPP and caters to students who fall out of NPP’s ambit. Specifically, Project D.I.P. supports three groups of students: (a) school-based FAS students who are unable to pay for the subsidised cost of laptops under NPP and could not be supported via appeal due to their income, (b) students from large families who would like to own personal laptops and (c) a small group of international students from transnational families who could not afford a laptop. Project D.I.P. gets refurbished laptops from corporates and NPOs for these three groups of students who are not eligible to get a laptop from IMDA’s NPP.
From a ground survey conducted with students from lower-income families in December 2020, 100% of them ranked computer maintenance and navigating computer settings as the most important module as their parents could not provide such IT support for them. Often, these parents lack the IT knowledge and skills to support their child at home. Project D.I.P conducts digital literacy workshop that focuses on laptop-operating skills and cyber-hygiene habits for students who receive a laptop through IMDA’s NPP programme or the community.
IMDA’s NEU PC Plus and Home Access programme provide Internet access to the lower-income households. Project D.I.P works with IMDA to facilitate the applications of NEU PC Plus for eligible students.
The SG Digital Office has a range of online resources to equip members of the public with digital literacy skills. The Media Literacy Council has also curated curriculum to help individuals to discern online falsehoods and to stay safe on the Internet. These public education efforts are important to help to raise media literacy and combat misinformation. Project D.I.P. trains up some youths residing in the community to be IT ambassadors and sets up of Interest Group in the respective People’s Association (PA) grassroots organisations (GRO) to roll-out suitable workshops based on needs and interest-areas identified in each community.
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