The idea of the project is to build historical and ancestral awareness and stimulate cultural and social sensitivity of young people. Students will broaden their knowledge on their ancestry, local history and life in the past century. They will be contacted with and involved in activities with the elderly. The project is divided into two stages: 'roots of my family' and 'roots of my town'.

1. In 1st year of the project students will try to answer the question "Where are my roots?". They will do research to learn more about their ancestry and life of the oldest family members. They will also compare what life in the past was like in other coun

tries by sharing their search with the partners. One of the ways to complete the tasks will be contact with the senior members of the family which shall tighten family bonds.

2. 2nd year of the project will concentrate on regional heritage and history. Students will discover the secrets of local places, see what their town looked like in the past and what mysteries stand behind 'normal' buildings. Again, one of the ways to do it will be to contact the elderly to learn a 'live history lesson'.

At each stage students will be engaged in charity activities for the elderly (in cooperation with local institutions). Students will visit the elderly to interview them, talk and present their works (products) to entertain the residents of social institutions.

Showing the past will let us sensitize teenagers and make them more conscious citizens in the future. Contact with the old will let them discover other aspects of life and respect for people around them. The project is designed to enhance social tolerance and teach teenagers appreciate the elderly: their experience and wisdom, which may contribute to sublimating the generation gap.

In today's world of mass and global culture it is vital to build and maintain awareness of the regional heritage among young generation. All countries involved in the Project have great culture and history and there are many things students should be aware and proud of and share. The project's task of sharing the cultural heritage will involve students in a study of their home town's past and will prompt them to contact the old generation to get information. The 'live history lessons' might change students' attitude towards studying history and towards school in general.

After the project we expect our students to be more active and more independent in learning. We hope that experience and knowledge got during the project will positively influence our students' future life. Moreover, the project will include interactio

n with the elderly, where their grandparents will serve as a real 'link' with the past. This shall make the young people aware of the wisdom and values the old generation can pass on them and consequently learn them respect towards the elderly. We perceive this social aspect as an important issue to be worked on, as teenagers often treat the elderly as a nuisance and useless people who are lost in the modern world. A key aspect of the project is to elevate the respect towards the elderly through contact with them which in turn might help to break social barriers and diminish the generation gap. It shold also help to improve mutual relationship in families and tighten contacts between members of a family.

All information students will receive will be presented in English in various types of promotion materials which will involve improvement of IT skills and the use of English.

On the other hand, in every country involved in the project there are social problems (like seclusion of the old) and we want young people to be aware of it and make them sensitive to such problems. This will help to raise them as responsible citizens and good people who will bring profits in the future. The project will also help generations to understand better (teachers and students, the elderly and the teenagers).  Students will cooperate and exchange ideas, which will teach them teamwork.

The necessity of international cooperation will give all the teachers a unique opportunity to compare different approaches to teaching and different ways of organizing school work.