Generations in Interaction: Intergenerational Learning as a Constructor of Identity and Culture
VITECO takes part to the Ge&In project, co-funded by the European programme “Erasmus +”.
The project concentrates on intergenerational learning in the field of adult education. It is based on current needs of enhancing social cohesion and social inclusion through informal learning, where intergenerational learning is an underutilized resource. We see intergenerational learning as a two-way process, where older generations can be learners instead of teachers. The hypothesis is that learning in intergenerational context can promote cultural and values’ exchange, increase generational awareness and thus enhance social cohesion between generations.
Therefore, in this project the main idea is to create versatile concrete models for enhancing intergenerational learning by the partners. The concrete models are realized in intellectual outputs.
During the project some partners build courses of intergenerational learning for formal, non-formal and business sector, while other partners gather a training guide for teachers based on the used methods in national pilot groups. All the intellectual outputs are collected to a knowhow sharing eLearning platform to be used by all who are interested. The project includes the idea of bidirectional intergenerational learning, not only from older to younger. Nowadays there are many sectors of life where younger people can transfer their knowledge and skills to older people, for example ICT.
VITECO provides the eLearning platform as innovative and interactive online space for teachers and facilitators to develop a wide European network and in which universities, teachers of formal schools, NGOs organizations and facilitators of non-formal sector, parents and business representatives can share and exchange information, experiences, suggestions and examples of good practices about intergenerational learning.