Introduction to TRACEUS
Traditions, Recipes and Cuisines of Europe using Smartphones (TRACEUS) is a 24-month long project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU. It is comprised of 6 organisations who work with and for older people and migrants representing Ireland, Cyprus, France, Spain, Bulgaria, and Belgium.
The project aims to support our target group in maintaining identity in the face of fast-paced technological change and globalisation. Mobile learning can help in making lifelong learning a reality and support intergenerational communication. Our roots, through food traditions, should be conserved and safeguarded for future generations.
Throughout the course of this project, 30 participants consisting of older people and migrants will be trained to become authors of digital content in which they share their knowledge, skills and experiences. 110 older adults will also be directly involved in project activities through testing and evaluating the developed materials. They will work as co-creators throughout the course of the project.
This innovative project uses food culture as the vehicle for mobile learning and social integration. By harnessing ICT, barriers to participation for vulnerable groups (such as older people and migrants) could be removed through mobile learning. The goal is to develop and curate a heritage database of recipes and traditions of Europe using mobile technology as a learning tool. This will result in conserving our roots through food traditions, and safeguarding them for future generations.
Each month, a bulletin will be released which will give updates on the project, spotlight project participants and will include local recipes.
The project will be headed by DCU.
Meet our partners
Located in Cyprus, CARDET is one of the leading academic research and development centres in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in higher education, inclusion, project design and
implementation, capacity building, and e-learning.
CARDET has a long-standing experience building capacity for higher education, collaborating with universities and local community, and building synergies across education stakeholders. CARDET also has core expertise in innovative training practices, e-learning modules and platforms, mobile learning, gamification, and technology supported learning with digital tools. Visit their website here
E-Seniors, located in France aims at fighting exclusion by providing access to and training in ICT to older people and migrants and/or disabled people. Its main objectives are to bridge the digital gap between generations, to foster older people and migrants’ social participation, and to propose activities encouraging older people and migrants to spend actively their free time. Visit their website here
UCLM, located in Spain is the flagship higher education institution in the autonomous community which gave it its name and which is a leader in the creation and transmission of science, technology, innovation, culture and solidarity. The José Saramango University for Mature Students, is a supplementary service which has deep roots in Castilla-La Mancha. This is a supplementary service which responds to the demand for education from people over fifty years old who may enter with no requirements other than to be that age or over and have a willingness to learn.
UCLM wishes to meet the requirements of a world in which elderly people cannot be marginalized by society but must be involved in it as a way of promoting and improving it, both individually and as a group. Visit their website here
Tulip Foundation, located in Bulgaria has a mission to encourage social responsibility in Bulgarian society by enhancing co-operation among civil society, the corporate sector, and national and local
authorities to improve the quality of life and developmental opportunities for the people.
Tulip Foundation provides grants, training and networking opportunities for civil organisations, as well as forums for exchange and cooperation with the business. Various programmes
of the foundation bring together organisations and people that are willing to contribute to society. Visit their website here
Mediter- Reaseau Euro Mediterraneen, located in Belgium is a network of actors that promote the sharing and transfer of knowledge, strategic skills and good innovative practices in the Euro-Mediterranean space They have extensive experience in designing and supporting programs that address contemporary social needs, at the European level and between the two shores of the Mediterranean. MEDITER has developed measures to prevent and tackle the financial, cultural and socio-economic exclusion of vulnerable groups (lone parents, displaced persons, war widows, refugees, migrants). Visit their website here