The Regional Government of the Azores will invest, by the end of 2019, more than 300 thousand euros in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the development of digital skills. These measures, integrated into the PROTIC initiative, are provided by the Regional Directorate for Science and Technology (DRCT).
To this end, DRCT will create so-called digital skills workshops, which aim to foster literacy and inclusion in the context of e-Government tools, as well as expertise in technologies and applications, and professional reorientation towards ICT. The investment in 10 of these workshops represents a value of 200 thousand euros, with the creation of 12 more.
Programming and robotics clubs are another example of the promotion of measures to promote the teaching of these skills, representing an investment of around 120 thousand euros. These clubs have already been implemented in 22 schools in the archipelago.
In parallel, the funding has also been supported by the purchase of computer equipment, adapted peripherals and specific software. This measure has already covered over one hundred students and citizens with disabilities, worth more than 100,000 euros.
In the publication of the InCode.2030 project page, an integrated public policy action dedicated to the reinforcement of digital competences, it can be read that "the bet on these public policies reinforces the Internet's use capacity and, consequently, brings Portugal closer to the average. In terms of digital skills ".