Technological hubs in public libraries “BiblioTech” take off for children and young people of Tirana
Tirana 19, October 2020- Today, UNICEF and the Municipality of Tirana have launched “BiblioTech”, the latest exciting initiative for children and young people of Tirana, at the public library “Misto Treska”.
“BiblioTech” hubs are physical spaces for the digital learning and development of children, young people and adults, to enhance crucial 21st century skills, while learning about online safety and security. The initiative considers the gradual roll-out of such technological corners in the public libraries of the capital city, equipped with Friendly Wi-Fi filtered internet in their premises.
“Covid-19 crisis has challenged us all, but it also taught us many important lessons. We know that not every child has an opportunity to be connected online, that not every parent is able to support their children with an internet enabled device or provide sufficient advice on safe online navigation. That’s why the BiblioTech initiative is so timely and important. Not only we are bringing access to digital technology for everyone, but we are doing it by putting children and young people in its center, in the driving seat.” - says Dr. Roberto De Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Albania.
BiblioTechs will offer thematic information sessions, workshops and technology facilitated activities on digital literacy, safety online, information technologies, start-ups, etc.
In 2019, UNICEF and the Municipality of Tirana joined forces with the private sector, to pioneer Friendly Wi-Fi concept in Tirana, which quickly grew into 42 Friendly WiFi access points across the city. Today public libraries are joining the efforts to protect children and young people from online abuse, very much in line with the European Union’s vision of digital agenda for children.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/albania.