It seems to be a fact of life that the older we get, the more we are interested in our lineage and in the lives and times of the generations who went before us. How many people have ‘kicked’ themselves for not having asked the question to which they now cannot have answers because the person who has the knowledge can no longer remember details from decades earlier or has passed away?
Friends of the Elderly in Ireland are spearheading a ‘Life and Times Biography’ project whereby National School children will collect information from an older person in their community. This inspired project will benefit the older person, the young person and society as a whole, as an oral history resource of enormous value will be compiled in the process!
The programme is at 3 different levels – for an individual student, for a class, or for an entire school year. Each participating student will:
- Make a friendship commitment to an elderly person
- Produce a ‘Life and Times Biography’ for that person, and
- Write an essay on the topic ” When My Elderly Friend Was Young”
The idea is of course to ease loneliness and to develop in young children an appreciation of older generations. Hopefully the resulting data will be compiled and captured as an oral history of times gone by – a wonderful social initiative resulting in a priceless resource captured for posterity!
For more on this Friends of the Elderly Project click here.