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EPALE focus: Intergenerational learning

by EPALE Moderator
Jazyk: EN
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Intergenerational Learning

EPALE's focus for October is on the benefits of intergenerational learning.

We are living in a dynamic society where younger and older generations often become distanced from one another. This segregation can lead to negative stereotypes between these generations and a decrease in the positive exchanges between them.

Intergenerational learning can be beneficial for older people in that it offers them an opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge, and reduces the chances of depression and isolation.

At EPALE we appreciate the important role of intergenerational learning in lifelong learning. Check out EPALE’s thematic page Older persons where the community and the national teams have gathered interesting articles, useful resources and case studies on the topic (content varies based on your language preference).

Also, don't forget to check out this analysis of intergenerational learning by Dr Christian Bernhard from EPALE Germany.

Visit EPALE regularly for new content in October!

A touching example of intergenerational learning in action:


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  • Obrázok používateľa Sarıyer Halk Eğitimi Merkezi

    Bu içerik bizimle paylaştığınız için teşekkür ederiz. Gerçekten faydalı olacağını düşünüyoruz. Verilen eğitimlerde bu etkinliği bizde uygulayabiliriz

  • Obrázok používateľa Yasin USTA

        Teşekkür ederim beyefendi, umarım yararlı olur; geliştirilmeli -daha uzun ve ayrıntılı yazabilirdim fakat istişâre 2 günle sınırlandırılmış ve son anda haberim olduğundan bu kadar oldu.

  • Obrázok používateľa Yasin USTA

           Generations pass and change no matter in which country we live; the needs and tendencies, as well. That is to say: in the past we, Turkish people, -when we lived on agriculture and husbandry- used to live with our grandparents. They, our elder ones, used to teach or guide us in so many subjects; from animal breeding and agriculture to child care and cooking. They used to help not only our parents but also us. For example, I learnt the prayer from my grandfather(RIP). Furthermore, we(the younger ones) helped them in so many ways: I taught how to use the remote controller of our TV to my grandpa. So, we used to exploit INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING in the past. 

          Now, this has changed drastically. We live in big cities, work whole day, attend lots of courses; our grandparents live in villages, so our connection has nearly been chopped off. That is why neither they nor we can help each other in the living and learning challenges. For instance, we are in need of attending a religion course so as even to learn how to perform prayer. Parallelly, my grandpa needs to attend a course in order to learn how to use computer.  

          Life has changed, the needs and the tendencies as well. We have become a new species. This urges us to either change our life styles and turn back to the past or have the learning&teaching process adapted to the NEW HUMAN BEING.

  • Obrázok používateľa ALPER GÖZEN

    Thank you. Teşekkürler sayın hocam.

  • Obrázok používateľa Elena Galifianaki

    EPALE's two-day online discussion (23-24 October) on intergenerational learning has started! Join moderator Graciela Sbertoli (EBSN Secretary General) and share your views online!

    Feel free to follow the discussion on Twitter using #epale2017.