How can technology be linked to a community's local heritage and history so that individuals become more active as a citizen?
The answer is My Community 2020, the European project developed within the Erasmus Plus programme and implemented by a consortium of 7 partners coming from all over Europe, namely Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The project, which started in November 2018 and that will last for 2 years until October 2020, aims to develop the digital skills of adults facing disadvantage and social isolation, while allowing them to contribute to local heritage and history.
By creating learning opportunities, at the same time providing a space for partners staff, trainers, volunteers, local media, cultural heritage organisations and adults learners, to benefit from an intercultural dialogue opportunity. Collectively, we will create over 100 short stories which through publishing on an online platform will create the history of tomorrow today.
The project addresses topics that have been identified as priorities at national and European level. In the future, 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills. At the same time, 169 million Europeans between 16 and 74 years – 44% – do not have basic digital skills. 38% of companies report that the lack of digital skills has negative impacts on employee effectiveness, such as loss of productivity. In order to demonstrate how digital skills can add value to quality of life, My Community 2020 proposes to develop a training course involving learning by doing.
Why take an interested in the cultural and historical heritage of our communities? Cultural and historical heritage defines and creates a sense of belonging that we find not only in literature, art and objects, but also in the techniques transmitted to us or in the stories we tell. It allows us to understand the past and build our future. Which is why the project have commenced in 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage and it have included partners who have European Capital of Culture during the lifetime of the project: My Community 2020 becomes the opportunity to strengthen the sense of belonging of citizens to a common cultural space, which is not only local, but also European.
During the first year, we will work on the design and the implementation of the course “Digital Skills to Create Local History”, with modules covering storytelling, local history, interview techniques, local media and recording/editing digital recordings. In October, trainers from each partner country will meet at Dacorum CVS, in Hertfordshire, in order to study and to test the content of the training. The website is in the developing phase and you will be able to visit the website by next newsletter where we will be sharing what we will be producing during the project. The platform where 105 stories will be uploaded will also be part of this project, Keep a look out!
Exchange House Ireland's partners in My Community 2020 are:
|United Kingdom||Community Action Dacorum|
|Latvia||Gulbenes novada pašvaldība|
|Spain||Magenta Consultoria Projects|
My Community 2020 - 2017-1-UK01-KA204-048000 Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union