EGL - European Generation Link
The project will develop a web-based platform that contains recordings of people who have, during their lifetime, lived in more than one European country. The aim is to increase tolerance and to reduce prejudices and xenophobia.
In the past decades, Europe has experienced several waves of migration: displaced persons before, during and after World War II, in the 1960s when “guest workers” were invited from South Europe to the richer states, and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. There are millions of older people who are “European citizens” in the sense that they have lived in several European countries, cultures and societies and who have thus collected considerable experience of “a wider Europe”.
Promoting European citizens’ awareness of Europe has been one of the main objectives of European policy for many years, but still, prejudices and narrow-minded attitudes linger on, especially among those who have little or no European experience with migration and multicultural approach.
However, the tremendous treasure of those older people who have experienced a multilingual and multicultural life in Europe has hitherto been neglected. This treasure must be “unearthed” and transferred to younger generations before it will literally “die out”.
The project “European Generation Link” will develop, as its main product, a web-based platform that contains recordings of people who have, during their lifetime, lived in more than one European country. It will help to understand historical backgrounds and provide reflection in order to increase tolerance and to reduce prejudices and xenophobia.
The site will be arranged similarly to a real library, with individual volumes containing the “stories”. They will be based on structured interviews and be complemented with photographs as well as audio files and videoclips. Visitors may search the library after a variety of search parameters. They will include countries, periods, cultures, languages, and they will provide insight into the richness of Europe’s cultural and societal heritage.
The beneficiaries of this project will be, apart from individual users, national and European programmes and initiatives that promote adult citizens’ awareness of Europe, intergenerational learning and provide measures to increase tolerance and to reduce prejudices and xenophobia.
During the pilot phase (September 2007 – March 2008), each project partner will upload a selection of volumes onto the platform. Subsequently, entries will be invited from any organisation or individual who wants to make a contribution.
The partnership comprises 15 operative and three strategic partners from 16 European countries.
The project is funded by the SOCRATES-GRUNDTVIG programme of the European Commission.
October 2006 – September 2008
Contact person: Martin Persson