The clocks go back this weekend and we all get that extra hour. So instead of using the hour by simply having an extra hour in bed, why not “Give an hour” instead?
Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s Digital Champion is spearheading the “ Give an hour” campaign so that the 30 million of us in the UK who use the internet can help the 8.7 million people who have never gone online.
As Martha says, “We live in an age when ‘digital’ is a vital life skill – as basic as knowing how to read and write. 90 % of new jobs require it, you’re 25 % more likely to get work when you have web skills and once in work you’ll earn up to 10 % more. It’s simply unacceptable that so many people are still unable to benefit from what the web can offer.”
The campaign itself forms part of the Race 2012 initiative which is aiming to have everyone in the UK to have used the internet by the time the Olympics start in 2012 . A whole host of partners, including BBC, Three, Microsoft and Lloyds have all committed to the campaign.
Full details of events that are taking place and how you can get involved can be found on the website – www.go-on.co.uk .
In essence then , we can all become a Digital Champion of sorts. We can spend that “extra” hour helping someone take their first “online” steps – showing them how to use the web – anything from researching a hobby to registering on a jobs site.
So go on then, what’s stopping you?
Visit www.go-on.co.uk today and make your pledge.
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