• Posted on: 3 July 2020
  • By: unicef

BiblioTechs: Transforming public libraries into functional ones

“BiblioTech: Transforming public libraries into functional ones” is an initiative of the Municipality of Tirana and UNICEF Albania implemented in close collaboration with Albanian Sustainable Development Organization (ASDO). The initiative aims to transform four of Tirana’s libraries into technological hubs for children, young people and the community in general. The incubators will be a vessel to enhance children’s and young people’s digital literacy, safety and contribute to also narrow the intergenerational gap between their parents and themselves.

Four existing public libraries, namely “HamitBeqja”, “MusineKokalari”, “MistoTreska” and “AleksandërMoisiu” will in functional incubators for children and young people passionate about Information and Communication Technology. The initiative aims to massively involve children and young people and give startups and small businesses the opportunity to further develop their projects in the field of ICT.

The four libraries will expand the map of the capital's “Friendly WiFi” areas, protecting children and young people from adult pornography and child sexual abuse materials. Throughout the development of the initiative, the focus will be on informing and raising awareness of children and parents that they can navigate safely online in the premises of the libraries.

“Bibliotechs” will also facilitate the organization of information sessions, workshops and technology facilitated activities for children and the community on digital literacy, safety, information technologies, start-ups, etc.