Title G&G UPDATE
Project Number 2011-1-IT1-LEO05-01894
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The G&G UP initiative is a trial to merge: enthusiasm with experience, movement with rest, youth with wisdom, and innovation with aging. Future and past helping each other to use technology to foster citizenship, personal growth and mutual understanding and transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom for a better life in modern times, fostering digital citizenship and intergenerational relationships.
Access and use of ICTs would contribute toward active ageing and advancing health into old age by helping older people to: overcome isolation and loneliness, keep in contact with family and friends by social networks, access and use information services.
The Grandparents & Grandchildren project is about adult digital literacy improvement: it was aimed to promote and facilitate digital active citizenship of elderly people.
The project dream was to foster a process of local stakeholders involvement in supporting low cost training initiatives aimed to allow elderly people to gain full citizenship in the digit society.
The original aspect of the initiative was that the teachers of the elderly are young volunteer students, who have the role of 'grandchildren' assisting on a one to one basis the 'grandparents' in learning the very basic of internet browsing and e-mail messaging. Young people taught to the elderly only once in history before: when the sons of thousends of immigrants in the USA taught the english language to their parents.
The project thus strongly encourages the intergenerational dialogue as well as linguistic diversity and local cultural issues.
> Opening of G&G net to new countries and Italian regions: Basilicata, Lazio, Sardinia, Romania and Latvia.
> G&G website’s content updating former Gym’s training units translating them into the languages as specified in the project [Italian, German, English, Latvian and Rumanian]. Development of two new “upper” training units on word processing and social networking.
> Development of a new Handbook for G&G facilitators who will prepare and assist pedagogically grandchildren. Update of grandparents and grandchildren manuals.
The G&G UPdate promoter is ENAIP FVG, a private non-profit organization which applies in VET activities for young and adults students innovative pedagogic methods to allow people express their full potential, in life and at work. ENAIP FVG has designed and managed the e-learning project “G&G – Grandparents and Grandchildren” which has been awarded the LLP 2010 Award as best project for "ICT for social Inclusion".
The G&G methodology realised training seminars carried out by the "grandsons" which are very short and made on a one-to-one (one grandson tutors one grandparent).
Further activities of self training carried out by the "grandparents" in the laboratories in order ro to allow the elderly to learn by doing with their own pace.
The training flow follows a simple scheme:
1> A TUTOR TRAINS THE GRANDCHILDREN
In each school partner of the G&G initiative, groups of volunteer students adhere to the project, thus being trained to take the part of “grandsons”.
They are trained by a tutor, which will assist them also in their training activities with the “grandparents”, about the aged adults training methods and about the ICT contents to be taught.
2> EACH GRANDCHILDREN TRAINS A GRANDPARENT
In each school, partner of the G&G initiative, an ICT laboratory connected with internet is available. In the laboratory each "grandchildren" teaches to one "grandparent" :
. how to access and browse the internet
. how to use e-mail to communicate on-line
. how to access local on-line services available on internet
3> THE GRANDPARENTS PRACTICE IN THE LABORATORY
In each school partner of the G&G initiative, a laboratory is made available free of charge for further practicing by the grandparents, assisted by a tutor. The "grandparents" have access to the on-line training resources made available on the G&G multilingual website.
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
- G&G website, facebook page, Twitter services
- G&G GYM: a set of on-line lessons to train the "grandparents"
- G&G Manuals and Handbooks: digital versions of support tools for grandparents, grandchildren and the grandchildren's tutors
- G&G graphic design and freebies set
All the materials have been developed with a Creative Commons licensing scheme.
All the materials are available in English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Polish, Slovenian, Swedish, Finnish, Slovak, Spanish, Estonian, Russian (only Gym lessons) and will be available at the end of this project in Romanian and Latvian.