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Digital Literacy

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PCR room

What is the link with the BRIC and regional informatics?

Quite simply, the Region, via the BRIC, is funding a series of facilities designed to combat the digital divide and digital illiteracy.

Over the past few years, this digital divide has, nonetheless, narrowed significantly. The percentage of Brussels households that do not have a computer has fallen by half, from 43% to 21%. A similar trend can be seen as regards internet access: in 2011, just 25% of households were not connected to the web.

So the form of this digital divide has altered and now concerns less the equipment – which has become more widespread – than knowledge: how do you write an e-mail, search for something on the internet, apply for a job on line, etc?
Certain population groups are still not part of this development because they make little use of IT tools. This is known as digital illiteracy.

Among the solutions put in place by the Region to combat this illiteracy, it is worth mentioning the Public Computer Rooms (PCRs). These PCRs not only provide free access to computing equipment and an internet connection.
They also offer support and training, intended mainly for categories of people who are excluded from the information society or who have little or no knowledge of how to use these tools.

There are currently 16 of these rooms in the Brussels Region, set up by the BRIC. Two new PCRs are planned and will open in the coming months.
A standard PCR has about twelve computers, a ‘smart’ board and/or a projector, a network printer, office automation software and an internet connection.

The list of PCRs can be found on the regional portal.