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Lancashire Intergenerational Multicultural Education Project

Project: Non-funded ProjectProjects

1/09/0430/04/07

Funded by Lancashire County Council, LIME was a CAP (now known as REAP) research and development project which was concerned with exploring the impact of family learning on lifelong learning and increasing understanding necessary for celebrating diversity and community cohesion. It complemented the African Caribbean and Asian Curriculum Project (ACA).

The project aimed:
1. To investigate how intergenerational and multicultural learning opportunities contributed towards developing community cohesion.
2. To identify issues associated with fostering intergenerational and multicultural education.
3. To explore how members of the family influence and are involved in the learning process.
4. To develop a range of culturally, socially relevant learning opportunities targeted at different members of the family and delivered in partnership with a range of different organisations.

The project's activities included:
1. Personal skills for family learning
2. An opportunity for parents to build their confidence and recognise how their skills can be used to support learning in the family
3. Families and Higher Education Decision-making
4. Enterprising fun for all the family
5. Learning from others in our community
6. Looking at me and Looking at my community
7. Me and My Family
8. Library fun for all the family
9. Celebration of Family Learning

The celebration of family learning was attended by 150 participants of different faiths including children, parents and grandparents who belonged to five different community groups in Burnley and Preston. The day included four workshops and four interactive campus tours, with all families taking part in two workshops and an interactive campus tour. Each workshop aimed to celebrate diversity and enable different participants to share their experiences with others. The interactive and practical focus of workshops allowed participants of all ages to join in.