SDG 4 QUALITY EDUCATION
|4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship||4.4.1 Proportion of youth and adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill||Twenty students and seventy-five adults participated in this project aimed at breaking down communication barriers in the digital age. The skills gained by both groups in the areas of interpersonal communication, language, and basic ICT will help them to perform better in the job market in future.|
Based on a survey conducted prior to the commencement of the project, the elderly can increase their potential to gain employment after retirement through the acquisition of ICT skills and familiarity with contemporary language use. On the basis of this understanding, students from the Faculty of Humanities organized activities aimed at promoting these skills for elderly residents of Sarika subdistrict, Nakhon Nayok province on February 26, 2020. The elderly participants learned about ways to communicate with others in the digital age. The students introduced the procedure and guided the participants in the practical use of social media. They also conducted other activities that involved guessing words from meanings, memorizing word pairs, and guessing songs, all of which aimed at building participants’ knowledge of contemporary language. The elderly participants gained skills which they could apply in future employment. At the same time, the students had an opportunity to extensively practice their interpersonal communication skills as well as their collaborative skills. They also had a chance to engage in teamwork and build their leadership skills. All of the skills used in this project will be of invaluable assistance to the students in eventually securing decent jobs in the future.
The activities allowed both groups could increase their skills. The activities:
(1) assisted the elderly by updating their knowledge of social media, technology, and contemporary language
(2) assisted the elderly by equipping them with practical skills to help them secure employment in the digital age
(3) assisted the students to develop their interpersonal communication, collaborative and leadership skills
(4) assisted the students by providing them with the opportunity to apply useful and important skills, helping them to prepare for their chosen career paths