The European Get Online Week was inspired by the campaign with the same name ran by UK Online Centres in the UK. Telecentre Europe extended it to the European level, to get new computer users online by helping them to get through the doors of their local ICT learning centres, enabling the staff to build people’s confidence to move on into a more structured learning. 2014 was the first year when GOW was part of the year-long eSkills for Jobs campaign organised by the European Commission, European SchoolNet and Digital Europe. GOW’s alignment to eSkills for Jobs and to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs has been extremely positive, boosting the reach and impact of GOW partners and actions. Roughly 104,000 Europeans were involved in the GOW 2014, almost 54,000 taking trainings while another 50,000+ attended over 5,000 events at national or local level, like seminars and workshops. More than 7 million people were reached in total during this year’s campaign through media and social media. In five years of GOW 150,000 Europeans have used the Internet for the first time and more than 700,000 people have improved their lives since the start of this annual campaign.
Among the earliest and staunchest supporters of GOW is Telecentre.org Foundation, one of the founders of Telecentre Europe. To this day, the Foundation continues to lend support in various ways, including engaging its global community to expand GOW and bring it to other regions like Africa and the Middle East. Our corporate partners are Liberty Global and Microsoft.
To check the results of all previous GOW campaigns, please check the campaign report section.