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Unveiling IT Mysteries to Pensioners
September 30, 2009   
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In Ericsson's latest corporate volunteering project, eight company employees conducted a free computer course for 14 members of the Senior Citizen's Club, which operates out of the Polish Social Welfare Committee in Warsaw's Ochota district.

The course took place over five weeks at the Ericsson head office in Ochota. It comprised nine classes during which senior citizens learned how to set up an e-mail account, create accounts on a popular social networking website, send an e-mail with an attachment and use Skype instant messaging.

They learned to use interactive maps online, which they agreed were more functional than the traditional maps they had been familiar with so far, said Marcin Dulnik, the marketing and communication coordinator at Ericsson responsible for the course.

The computer course was the latest project by Ericsson staff for the local community. The first computer course for women from the After Sixty Association in Ochota took place in 2006.

"We are happy that volunteers from Ericsson chose to invite us to take part in the computer course," said Zdzisława Żochowska, director of the Senior Citizen's Club on Filtrowa Street in Warsaw. "We felt very appreciated. We hope that Ericsson serves as an example for other companies of how to motivate and provide useful education to senior citizens who never got to work with new technology when they were active on the labor market."

"I am confident that the newly acquired skills will help the senior citizens in Ochota to make their lives easier and more pleasant," said Lars E. Svensson, Ericsson president in Poland. "Seeing their commitment and passion for learning, I'm sure this is just the beginning of their adventure with computers."

In a poll by the School of Leaders Association conducted at Ericsson in September 2006, 82 percent of Ericsson staff showed interest in corporate volunteering programs. Forty percent of respondents said it was important to help others and one in five respondents felt they should take part in volunteering projects.

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