Connecting Youth and Seniors Through Digital Storytelling
The pilot Inter-Generational Learning Programme (ILP) in June 2013 saw 23 Tampines Junior College Infocomm Club students creating stories about their lives at Tampines JC.
***** Seniors and youth benefit from the two-way learning. The seniors emerge with new skills, new friends and enlarged social circles, and the students pick up values and life lessons, and make new -- and older -- friends.
...Ultimately, these programmes will help forge intergenerational solidarity and promote social cohesion. -- C3A website *****
Every Friday in July, the digital natives took over the helm to teach and coach the digital immigrants to create their stories. 19 adventurous senior folks aged between 50 and 75 senior will each be paired up with a student during "Telling your story using MovieMaker."
The seniors were given prompters to get them thinking about the stories they want to create. Stories about life, growing up, what they remember about their parents/grandparents, raising children, facing serious illness, leaving a family legacy.
"You have all exceeded my expectations," said Ms Ruth Fung, teacher-in-charge to members of the Infocomm Club.
The limited availability of busy students, the special needs of the seniors, the technical preparations, the objective of the ILP had to be taken into consideration when designing the programme. It was very heartwarming to see youth and seniors building friendships during the 3-hour session.
The ILP culminated with an afternoon of celebration honouring our senior folks through showcasing their digital stories.