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EPALE discussion: social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning

28/09/2020
από EPALE Moderator

EPALE discussion: social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning

The lifelong learning needs of older learners should be a priority for education providers who need to develop high quality and specific training programmes.
At the same time, intergenerational learning can contribute to social cohesion by promoting cooperation between different generations.

On Wednesday 28 October, starting from 10 a.m. CEST, EPALE will be hosting an online discussion on the social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning.

The discussion will include the following topics:

  • What adult education policies and initiatives can support social inclusion of older learners?
  • Has there been more attention to their situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What target groups have you been working with, and what would be your recommendations to ensure that adults continue to play an active role in society as they age?   

We invite you to share your experiences and reflections during our online discussion, facilitated by EPALE Thematic coordinator Gina Ebner, Secretary-General of EAEA.

Comments will be open on 19 October so participants can introduce themselves and post their comments in advance.

Join our online discussion!

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Εικόνα Ilze Onzule
Pilnībā piekrītu Zintim. Arī mēs sadarbojamies ar dažādām organizācijām un pašvaldības iestādēm, lai uzlabotu senioru (50+) digitālās prasmes. Bet ir zema motivācija, jo vienmēr digitālajām vajadzībām ir alternatīva. Piemēram, lai samaksātu rēķinu  nevajag internetbanku! Vajag palūgt dēlam vai meitai to izdarīt. 
Εικόνα Zintis Buls
It depends - the free courses are for seniors only, but the All Digital week events are for the general public. The biggest project we undertook with a telecommunications company also was aimed at those aged 50+.
Εικόνα Ilze Ivanova
Today we are  speaking a lot abour seniors , their activities,but let us remember that we have to work a lot with  younger generation as well to prepare them to be ready  to have closer links with seniors, to respect them , to understand them .

Εικόνα Dörte Stahl
You are absolutely right. As Frank Mc Girr wrote in his comment:
"Perhaps we should look beyond education for examples of shared intergenerational experiences.
Which aspects of the following are unique to young/old. Which aspects are shared? Why is that?
sports fan, musician, adventure ..."
Having a look at interests/experiences, not at (traditional) learning. That seems to me a way to bring generations together.

Εικόνα Ilze Ivanova

In October in Latvia a great OECD project about skills was finished and as a result of that Skills programme with adequate strategies was adopted for 2021-2027 . It is very comprehensive including adult education as well . The aim of that programme is skills for everybody. It is the first programme in the Baltic countries. In the given link you can find materials in English and Latvian. I think they are useful also for any educational organization.
 I think that projects are the best way how to cooperate , find new ideas ,introduce innovations in teaching and learning. We university staff are always open to differnt and diverse projects.
Εικόνα Regina EBNER
Very interesting! It's excellent that adult education is included in general and older people specifically. Does anyone else have examples where adult / older learners are included in skills / educational strategies? I know that in Austria, the lifelong learning strategy and the 'seniors' strategies are closely linked
Εικόνα Anita Apine
Let's do what we can during this specific C19 time! 
Digital Support Days. Starting from September 2020, Valmiera Integrated Library (Latvia) offers residents, especially seniors, support in the use of digital tools and e-opportunities. 
On the first Monday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm (consultations are possible outside the specified time by agreement), everyone is welcome in the library - within the limits of our possibilities, we will provide you with support and advice in solving various issues, for example:
How to handle a new smart device: the first consultation when starting to use a smartphone, tablet and computer; 
Support for using Microsoft Office (for CV, application and other documents);
Use of the Internet;
E-services (e-mail, e-invoices, use of latvija.lv, e-application, e-signature, press subscription, e-shops); 
Electronic declaration system; 
E-books;
Use of applications (Skype, Whatsapp, etc. as needed).
In case of more complex issues, we will look for an in-depth solution to the problem individually. Consultations are also available online via Google Meet, Zoom, and more. Support days in 2020: September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7.  
Εικόνα Heike Kölln-Prisner
I like the idea that you also offer support online, because there are vulnerable people over 60 + that right now do not dare going somewhere other than absolutely necessary. 
Εικόνα Regina EBNER
I'll now launch the next theme - it's about what is needed for adult learning and education for older learners and intergenerational learning.
What do you think needs to happen to make sure that adults remain active members of society as they age? What should be the role of adult learning providers? What support and conditions do we need?