Generations United: Strengthening Bonds Through Technology at GCM Language and Culture Schools

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As part of this year's iteration of the "Be Connected" program at the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Language and Culture Schools, students at Bentleigh Campus warmly welcomed their families to school on Tuesday, May 14th. Together, they orchestrated a heartwarming event dedicated to celebrating family ties.

In honour of International Family Day, both teachers and students curated a delightful evening for their esteemed guests—the students' beloved grandparents. The festivities included a charming reenactment of traditional wedding customs, melodious music, engaging games, and enlightening educational activities.

Amidst the jubilant atmosphere, teachers, students, and grandparents alike exchanged anecdotes and insights gleaned from their participation in the 'Bridging Generations - Be Connected' program. This initiative, spearheaded by the GCM Schools in collaboration with Mrs Christina Ntaliani and the organizations 'Be Connected' and 'Good Things Foundation,' pairs students with their grandparents to enhance the latter's technological literacy and safety.

Through the program, students assumed the role of online mentors for their grandparents, imparting essential skills and fostering a deeper connection through shared online experiences. For the elderly, it was an opportunity to delve into the digital realm, spending quality time with their grandchildren while navigating the intricacies of the internet. Meanwhile, students honed their communication skills and empathy in the Greek language, fostering a sense of intergenerational understanding and mutual growth.

Reflecting on her experience, Athena D. shared, "I introduced my grandfather to various aspects of the internet, guiding him through gardening and health websites, which he found intriguing." Meanwhile, Daphne G. remarked, "I taught my grandmother how to utilize Skype for communication and acquainted her with the functionalities of a smart TV. It was a humbling realization of the challenges inherent in teaching."

In essence, the "Be Connected" program not only bridges the digital divide between generations but also nurtures bonds of love and learning within the familial fabric of the community.

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