The first Italian Sky Up Digital Hub opens today in Milan, born from the collaboration with the CSF Association – Center for Helping Minors and Families in Crisis: the space is designed to promote digital inclusion among the youngest in an area peripheral of the city and is part of the Sky Up Group project, created with the aim of supporting people at greater risk of digital exclusion, residing in low-income areas and who do not feel safe enough in the use of new technologies.
Sky Italia’s first Digital Hub was inaugurated in the Bisceglie area, at the headquarters of the Caf Association’s Teen Lab Daytime Education Centre: this follows children and young people removed from their families because they are victims of abuse and serious mistreatment, who are welcomed and cared for to offer them new growth prospects, and local adolescents.
Inside the space, young people supported by the Czv Association can benefit from a Sky Wifi broadband connection and numerous devices supplied by Sky. These include video editing tools such as state-of-the-art computers, digital creative content development applications, editing software, and audiovisual filming equipment, including microphones and ring lights. In the Digital Hub, young people will be able to enhance their digital skills thanks to workshops held by Sky volunteer employees: the topics of the workshops range from the world of social networks to that of online personal data protection, to make participants autonomous and aware in using of new technologies.
“When it comes to digitization, Italy is still lagging behind Europe, with less than half of people having basic digital skills – said Sarah Varetto, Executive Vice President Communications, Inclusion & Bigger Picture of Sky Italia – For this, we are particularly proud to have launched Sky Up in Italy: spaces like the one inaugurated today can make a small but important contribution to combating the digital divide among the most disadvantaged sections of the population. I thank the Caf Association for believing in our project and for working with us to make it happen”.
“For our Association, work with adolescents in difficulty has assumed an increasingly important role in the last decade – says Giovanni Bassetti, CEO of the Caf Association – This is also in response to a pressing request from the territory that needs competent services and dedicated to this specific age target, exposed to a rapidly growing generational, social and family hardship. For these kids, who can’t count on family networks that protect, mediate or provide stimuli, being able to access a container in which to learn and experiment with a more advanced and aware use of new technologies is an extraordinary opportunity that the new Sky Up Digital Hub has finally made it possible.”
In Italy, Sky Up Digital Hub has adhered to the Manifesto for the Digital Republic, a national initiative promoted by the Department for Digital Transformation of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers within the framework of the “Italy 2025” strategy, with the aim of combating the digital divide of cultural character present in the Italian population, to support maximum digital inclusion and promote education on the technologies of the future, accompanying the country’s digital transformation process.