«If Muhammad doesn’t go to the mountain, the mountain goes to Muhammad», the saying goes. It is the same principle that Serpentina is trying to put into practice with the «Net … ao Domicílio» project, with which it proposes to move to the home of candidates for internet users and give them a hand with new technologies.
The objective is to help the less experienced «to navigate, share information and communicate through the Internet», explain those responsible for the initiative. Activities such as «creating an email or a profile on Facebook, sharing videos on YouTube or photos on Flickr», are some examples.
The training is taught at the home of the interested parties, individually or in groups, through a service that is, for the time being, available in the municipalities Celorico da Beira, Carcavelos, Cascais, Guarda, Lisbon, Oeiras, Odivelas and Sintra.
Among the target audience are, for example, older people or professional groups, but there is no limitation at this level, explained Ana Pires, from Serpentina – an association dedicated to promoting the use of the Internet.
Each «workshop» lasts an hour and a half, can include up to a maximum of six participants and be spoken in Portuguese or English. Prices vary between 11.50 euros per person (in a group of six students) and 34.50 euros, if the class is individual.
The service, launched this week, is in an initial phase, so those responsible are still forming the team of instructors, in which they hope to integrate around 20 people – the number later being dependent on the hosting of the actions.