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On 27 April, all over Portugal, 1st and 2nd cycle schools adhered to launch the project "Generations @ School" integrating initiatives designated by the European Commission to celebrate the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
We highlight the initiatives undertaken in João de Deus School, in Externato Colina do Sol, and in the 1st cycle Basic Education of Montebello, in Porto, in Cova da Moura's and Santa Eulalia's Basic Education, in College Parkids and Basic Education, 2nd and 3 cycles, of São Martinho do Porto.
The schools opened the doors of the classroom to older persons, creating opportunities for dialogue. The main goal is to fight stereotypes between generations andm simultaneously, encourage different generations to a greater sharing of experience and knowledge. The process of learning through sharing will lead to greater awareness of society about the meaning of active ageing.
João de Deus School
The João de Deus School, in Lisbon joined the launch of the project "Generations @ School" integrating initiatives designated by the European Commission to commemorate the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The students invited 30 grandparents, who were out in force. The conversation was lively and focused around what "ageing means and how can elders and youth do together to promote a better life for all." Among the grandparents was the famous poet Manuel Alegre, author of a poem that the students had the opportunity to read. The initiative will be broadcasted on May 15 in the "Civil Society", presented by the Ambassador of Solidarity Between Generations, Fernanda Freitas
EB1 Galinheiras School
The EB1 Galinheiras school received six elderly from the Haja Alegria Group, the Schooler Health Nurse and a K'CIDADE / Ameixoeira coach, promoted a meeting through dialogue between generations. This meeting aimed to "draw attention to the important contribution older people make to society and encourage policy makers and stakeholders to take action to create the conditions for active ageing and to strengthen the solidarity between the generations. This initiative was carried out within the Project Generations @ school, which School joined.