The project was developed by the Emphasys Centre and was implemented in 2013-2015 in cooperation with other European organizations from Germany, Greece, Romania and Cyprus.
The project’s title is “GRANKIT” – “Grandparents and Grandchildren Keeping In Touch” and is related to the aims of the 2012 European Year of Active Learning and Intergenerational Solidarity and the 2013 European Year of Citizenship.
It is well known that the world population is Ageing, and as a result through this demographic change the structure of society and the family are changing. 2012 was the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity, whereas 2013 is the European Year of Citizenship. It is our perception that one of the main aims of the E.U. in the last years was to raise the issue of ‘being an active citizen’ regardless age or role in society. This provides societies with the opportunities to develop strategies for ensuring that the ageing can be positive and dynamic, but at the same time it is used in such a way as to promote solidarity between the different groups of people, the different sectors, and the different generations, younger and older.
This projects attempts to explore the relationship developing between the first and the third generation of members of different European families through the provision of ICT opportunities for learning.
In this fast changing society we live in, perhaps one aspect of the family that remains undisputable is the older generation, the Grandparents. Grandparents are ageing and in doing so our aim is to optimise their opportunities for health, for lifelong learning, for participation and for security which will enhance the quality of their lives and sustain their active citizenship role.
The project aims to draw on the partnership’s experience and newest research to create a Training Package for adult educators and carers who work with vulnerable adults in different communities, no matter what the local context or type of community.