StoryGEN

Digital competences development through intergenerational learning

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OUR MISSION 

Our mission is to bridge generations and promote cultural heritage through innovative and inclusive educational approaches. The project targets various groups, including elderly people educators, adult educators, educators of mixed groups in intergenerational learning environments, and cultural managers.
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Traditional culture and local heritage often seem distant to younger generations in today's fast-paced, globalized world. This disconnect between the past and the present has led to a need for more awareness among young people about their countries' rich cultural heritage. Meanwhile, the number of older adults in Europe is growing, presenting an opportunity for active cultural participation by this group. Active cultural engagement has numerous benefits for older people, enhancing their well-being, vitality, and overall health. However, challenges persist, including the disconnection of local cultural heritage from the digital world and the exclusion of older people due to a lack of digital skills. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the generation gap and hindered intergenerational relations and cultural heritage appreciation. To address these issues, we aim to equip adult educational centres with new and innovative methodologies and tools. By doing so, we strive to connect generations, involve seniors in modern society, and pique the interest of younger generations in their local cultural heritage. Our project seeks to foster understanding, cooperation, and communication across generations, building a stronger sense of community and appreciation for cultural heritage. Let's create a brighter future by preserving and celebrating our shared past! Join us on this exciting journey of intergenerational learning and artistic exploration.

TARGET GROUPS 

Elderly people educators
Adult educators
Cultural managers Adult people (55+)
Young people
(16-30 years old)
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CONTEXT

The know-how related to local cultural heritage has been passed on from generation to generation, both in informal contexts. However, in today's postmodern world characterised by globalisation and technology , tradition ends to be considered as relic from the past. As a result, in most European countries the younger generation is out of touch with their countries’ traditional culture, a part of their tangible and intangible cultural heritage. (Sirpa Kokko, Anna Kyritsi) The number of elderly people in Europe is growing. The population of older people (aged 65 years or more) in the EU-27 will increase significantly, rising from 90.5 million at the start of 2019 to reach 129.8 million by 2050 (Eurostat). This offers opportunities for everyone who is committed to active cultural participation by the elderly. Active cultural participation has a positive effect on the well-being of the elderly, their vitality and health. Participation in culture can mitigate problems often associated with old age, such as loneliness, disability and dementia. In addition, older people would like to continue to use, re-discover and develop their talents, and be guided expertly and professionally.

Partners

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EduVita

Italy

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Żory Municipal Public Library

Poland

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Municipal Library of Arucas

Spain

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My Madeira Island

Portugal