Grandparents and grandchildren

The project was implemented from 13. 6. 2008 to 31. 8. 2011.


The aim of the project was to promote and develop digital literacy among the population over 55 years of age. The main target groups were two: secondary school students or other young volunteers acting as digital mentors (grandchildren) and older adults (grandparents) as participants. Grandchildren taught grandparents to browse the Internet and use e-mail and other Internet services (e-banking, e-shopping, e-government...) and in this way helped them to take on the active role of citizens of the digital society. The initiative had a strong local character and included the involvement and commitment of local stakeholders and sponsors, local schools and students, and older people from local communities.

The seminars, led by "grandchildren", were very short and individual in character (one grandchild taught one or two grandparents); further activities carried out by grandparents in laboratories are designed so that grandparents can progress at their own pace. We prepared appropriate training for grandchildren before taking courses with a mentor, who constantly monitored the work of grandchildren and provided support and assistance if it got stuck somewhere.

We successfully implemented the first set of learning to use the Internet for "Grandparents". This kind of training, at first sight, may not mean anything to someone, and yet we wouldn't call it that. The difference is particularly in the way the courses are launched, as the students of the Novo mesto School of Economics have been placed in the role of teacher. In other words, young people taught the elderly. The project itself, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Education and Sport, entitled Partnerships - Grandparents and Grandchildren, aims primarily at promoting and developing digital literacy for older people over 55 and cooperation between the younger and older generations. The project involved 10 young people - "grandchildren" and 23 elderly - "grandparents." The completion of the first course will be completed on Monday, 30.03.2009. Learn more about the event.


Participants used a manual prepared for this purpose by our mentor in the project Gregor Mede. The content of the manual is tailored to beginners learning about the Internet and is intended for both project participants and the general public.

Information on the project at

The operation was partly funded by the European Union from the European Social Fund and by the Slovenian Ministry of Education and Sport. The operation was carried out under the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007-2013, development priorities: Human resources development and lifelong learning; priorities: Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training systems.


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