BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING

A. Colibaba1, I. Gheorghiu2

1Gr.T.Popa University/EuroEd Foundation (ROMANIA)
2Albert Ludwigs University (GERMANY)
The paper is a study based on the Grandkit project funded by the European Commission (under KA3 ICT/ GRUNDTVIG Multilateral) as it has been implemented by EuroEd Foundation, Iasi, Romania.

The Grundtvig Multilateral Project helps address one of the world’s greatest challenges: the ageing of the population, which brings about changes in society and family structures. The project raises the issue of ‘being an active citizen’ regardless of age or role in society by exploring the relationships between generations (grandparents and grandchildren), encouraging solidarity between these groups, and promoting strategies for ensuring that the ageing can be positive and dynamic. The article analyses the implementation of these generous ideas by presenting the innovative courses and products that provide accessibility to learning for a group of adults who otherwise would not engage in lifelong learning (senior citizens-grandparents). The article highlights the intergenerational learning opportunities and exchanges provided by the project. Grandparents have been trained to acquire basic ICT skills and use social network groups (such as Facebook) by their grandchildren. In their turn, grandparents are supported to set up a “Grands Help Desk” on the internet, which provides online support to children and teenagers (help with homework, personal or family problems, bullying etc.).