- Older people from Alicante participate in workshops where they learn how to create, manage and use their own website. Each participant can create and preserve his or her family history.
- They will design their family tree including several generations of their ancestors.
- “Detectives del tiempo (Time detectives)” is a training programme for older people to teach them how to use the genealogical construction tools online. They will learn to create, manage and use their own familiar website, where they can rebuild and preserve their family history. They will also receive the necessary notions to start genealogical research.
“Detectives del tiempo (Time Detectives)” programme
Date: November, 14th
Time: From 10:00 to 13:00
Place: Permanent University of the University of Alicante (c/Ramon y Cajal, 4, Alicante).
On Thursday 14th, older people of Alicante will participate in the first training workshop of the digital genealogy programme "Detectives del Tiempo", promoted by the Vodafone Spain Foundation, in collaboration with Unipn Democratica de Pensionistas UDP (Democratic Union of Pensioners) and the Permanent University of Alicante.
“Detectives del tiempo (Time detectives)” is a training programme for older people to teach them how to use the genealogical construction tools online. They will learn how to create, manage and use their own familiar website, where they can rebuild and preserve their family history. They will also receive the notions necessary to start genealogical research.
This website created and managed by each student is a legacy of great value they can share with the other generations of their families. So, henceforth, all members who wish so will have the possibility to enter the family website and see how their grandparens or great-grandparents looked like, what they did and where they lived; and also add information on other branches of the family tree.
The programme is currently being developed in many Spanish regions such as Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja, Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia, Andalusia, Castilla- La Mancha, Castilla y Leon and Extremadura. More than 300 older people are already enrolled.
According to Santiago Moreno, director of the Vodafone Spain Foundation, “this programme is another step in the way of bringing new technologies to people of all ages”.
Moreover, Luis Martin Peinado, national president of UDP, says that “the use of a social network and digital tools makes easier for the older people to approach the digital environment, and also stimulate their training desires. In this process, a significant recovery of data, materials and information about the family history take place. As proponents of this initiative, the oldest members of the family recover their role as historic referents and valued members of the social structure”.
Unión Democratica de Pensionistas UDP (Democratic Union of Pensioners)
UDP is the first organization of older people in Spain. It has more than 2,500 associations in Spain, Europe and Latin America with more than one million five hundred members. For 37 years, it has been developing activities to defend the interests of older people and promote active ageing. It holds the vice-presidency of the State Council of Older Persons, and it is member of Councils of the Platforms of the Third Section; the NGOs Platform of Social Action; the Platform for Volunteering Promotion and the European Forum for Healthy Ageing among others.
Vodafone Spain Foundation
Vodafone Spain Foundation is a nonprofit institution that promotes the use and innovation of ICT to improve the people’s quality of life, especially of those pertaining to vulnerable groups. The foundation participates in national and European projects of innovation that investigate new applications of mobile communications to make life easier for dependent, older and chronically ill people. It promotes several training programmes with various Spanish Universities aimed at research and teaching of the new ITC. Besides, they have other objectives such as disseminate telecommunications in society through publications, courses and seminars.