In response to "How Can We Improve?"
I like the thought of being able to participate in digital workshops with our grandparents. However I do have some concerns about the project which i hope your team would take into consideration. Firstly, I\'m not sure how a 4 weeks program will be able to equip both the grandparents and the youths with sufficient skills to complete the project. What is the duration of each training session and also frequency of the sessions? Second, rather than having one team consisting of one grandparent and one youth, perhaps it would be better to have the team consisting of two grandparents and two youths, such that the burden will not fall largely on the youth alone to complete the project. Bear in mind that some of our parents themselves are quite helpless at digital technology as well , and guiding them through some simple technological tasks often take ages. Since the target audience of such program is the elderly, it will take even longer for them to pick up the skills. This new pairing would give the youths another person to brainstorm with, and for the grandparents, an opportunity to make a new friend. Third, how are you going to convince grandparents to join this program with their grandchildren, especially when there is a lack of interaction and perhaps difficulty in communication between them? There won\'t be such an issue if the grandparents and grandchildren are very close in the first place, but i believe that is not the case for the majority. Fourth, how are the digital skills relevant to the elderly? Your team has listed digital art, videography, and photography as some of the possible skills to learn. While these skills seems very interesting and relevant to us, will the elderly be willing to commit themselves to learn these skills when it may not be something they will put into practice outside of the course. Bear in mind that some of the older generation are less receptive to learning new things, and some may even lack the equipments (e.g. camera phones) to continue practicing these skills outside of the course. Perhaps your team could look into working with community partners to give each set of participants camera phones etc.