Within the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Grundtvig programme supports adult education, and funds a great number of projects. Some of them have allowed the development of interesting initiatives for intergenerational solidarity and learning.
We are happy to present you some of these projects.
This Grundtvig Learning partnership involved older people (50+) from all sectors of the community, including those who were disadvantaged or suffering from disabilities or mild dementia/Alzheimer. They were invited to share their life stories with young children in primary schools, between 6 and 12 years old.
TCAST - Transfert des compétences acquises et de savoir techniques
This project is coordinated by the Corsican Environment Office (France), in cooperation with the Council of Majorca (Spain), the Community Montana Suol d’Aleramo (Italy) and KEK Tekniki Ekpedeftiki (Greece). It aims at experimenting inter-generational transfer of endangered competences and knowledge in the jobs related to the preservation of the architectural heritage.
InCreaSe – Intercultural CREAtivity of Seniors
In the framework of this learning partnership which includes 8 partners, the Belgian association Entr'Ages is creating a theatre play with teenagers and elderly people. Entr'Ages is betting on the importance to prove to youngsters the human benefits they can get from their relationships with older people, who can inform them, tell them, who are living witnesses of the society we live in and which they have built.
Visual handicaps (blindness or partial-sightedness) are a serious problem for many European citizens of all ages that can hinder their social and/or professional integration, and cause many difficulties in their daily lives. Different generations face different obstacles, but also have different skills. Being unable to master new technologies and communication tools such as Internet, software or mobile phones tends to exclude many older blind and partially-sighted people from our digital society; however, these groups have developed skills to live their daily lives, such as cooking, using domestic appliances, raising children, and so on. While young blind or partially-sighted people are familiar with the new technologies, they find it hard to live an independent life. Indeed, they often put off doing their daily chores such as shopping, reading mail, and so on, by themselves.
The partners of the "INTERGEN" project aim to create a model framework for the mutual transfer of experiences and skills between young and older blind or partially sighted people. The ultimate aim is to strengthen the relations between generations within this vulnerable social group and help them to become more independent, improve their quality of life and be fully active citizens.
The project capitalised on the close intergenerational relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, with each motivating the other to learn languages through shared activities. It achieved notable success with the grandparents, for whom almost no language learning opportunities were previously available. In addition, it demonstrated to reluctant learners that the process of learning a foreign language can be fun, and did much to dispel the stereotype that languages can only be learned when you are young.
PATRON - Intergenerational learning and transfer of transversal skills related to entrepreneurial management
The project identifies and tests ways of transfer of the skills that senior managers and entrepreneurs have developed in their working life to young entrepreneurs and managers. Practices are transferred to the beneficiaries and outputs are transferred to the countries of the partnership aiming at a multiplying effect through the involvement of local entrepreneurs and Chambers of Commerce.
The overall aim of the Add-Life project was to develop university-accredited modules for non-traditional students, especially senior citizens. Among its objectives, was to explore different models of inter-generational learning, collaborative learning between older and young learners, and inter-generational collaboration on designing new modules.