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EPALE focus: Social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning

19/10/2020
by EPALE Moderator
Language: EN
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EPALE focus: Social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning

In the context of demographic change throughout Europe, older people are a large and growing part of the European Union’s population. It is therefore crucial to provide high quality learning opportunities for older people, and to include them in strategies of lifelong learning and active participation in society.

According to the WHO’s Active Ageing: a Policy Framework, population ageing is one of humanity’s greatest triumphs, as well as one of its greatest challenges. Global ageing will put increasing social and economic demands on all countries. Countries can afford to have ageing populations if governments, international organisations and civil society enact active ageing policies and programmes that enhance the health, participation and security of older citizens – states the World Health Organization.

To facilitate the integration of older people in society we need to pursue opportunities which fully develop their potential. Senior citizens should have access to the educational, cultural, and civic resources of society. They need to be able to fully participate in societal life and be active, autonomous, and healthy as they age.

Therefore, the lifelong learning needs of older learners should be a priority for education providers who need to develop high quality and specific training programmes.

Intergenerational learning can contribute to social cohesion by promoting cooperation between different generations. Many intergenerational initiatives and practices have been seen in recent years, and the opportunity for cooperation between generations is increasingly acknowledged as a way of pursuing an inclusive, dynamic and fully democratic society.

It is in this context that we present the fourth thematic focus of 2020:

Social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning.

  • Do you work with older learners?
  • What target groups do you work with?
  • Do you know of policies, strategies and initiatives that target older learners in your country, region or city?
  • Who do they focus on?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make sure that adults remain active members of society as they age?

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  • Iveta Pētersone's picture
    Starppaaudžu mācīšanās ir tik vērtīga! Gan jaunā paaudze no tā daudz var mācīties, gan vecākā paaudze no tā spēj daudz iegūt, tas ir abpusēji izdevīgi. Esmu lasījusi zinātnisko rakstu par šo tēmu un noteikti varu piekrist, ka starppaudžu mācīšanās ir jāaktualizē Latvijā, jo visi tajā ir ieguvēji un, tādējādi veidojas sociālā saliedēšanās. Starppaaudžu mācīšanās ir jābūt vēlmei iesaistīties un palīdzēt viens otram, jo tikai tā var sasniegt labākos rezultātus. Sadarbojoties ar vecāko paaudzi, jāatdzīst, ka viņi ļoti labi un ātri apgūst jaunas prasmes vai zināšanas par tehnoloģijām, un pielieto tās savā ikdienā. Varu viņus par to slavēt! Tāpēc novecojot šie cilvēki spēj pilnvērtīgi piedalīties sabiedriskajā dzīvē un pēc iespējas veiksmīgāk socializēties ar citiem, jeb sociāli iekļauties sabiedrībā.
  • Carmen Medina Garríguez's picture
    I'm very interested in this topic as I have just turned 61 and have found that at this age many think that you are not eligible for a job or that you have lost your potential. Not only do I think that once one has retired they can help educate their peers, but also offer experience and expertise to younger generations.
    I work at a government-funded language school in the south of Spain. My students' ages range from 16 to 70 or older. They actually work well together. We work from the communicative skills (R, W, L, Sp and Mediation), but I also like to include critical thinking and problem solving tasks which encourage collaboration, although as we all know, these are difficult times for interaction. We usually have a once a week face to face meeting which alternates with an online Zoom meeting where students can communicate freely (break out rooms, whole class, etc.) without the restrictions wearing a mask offers.
    My classes are extremely diverse and include teachers, hospital workers, engineers, vets, etc. Many of them are over 50 and some are retired.
    Regarding policies and strategies, the Ministry of Education does provide education for our seniors: http://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/servicios-al-ciudadano/normativa/educacio...
    I think a good idea would be to have adults that have been in education help train those who have not been able to access education. I also believe that in many sectors this same policy could be applicable.
    Unfortunately, these are difficult times and keep on seniors while at the same time trying to incorporate youth to the job market is a hard puzzle to solve.
  • Waldemar Olbryk's picture
    there are some places ( offices ) for 50+enterpeneurs who starte their 2nd or 3rd career. ( it is nicely named : mid-life enterpreneur)
    https://www.nextavenue.org/co-working-space-midlife-entrepreneurs/?fbcli...
    One can add the cross generaiton exchange ( wisdom against youth ) and we can create value powered by collective wisdom


  • Elza Eihmane's picture
    Patiess prieks, ka arī Rīgā tiek aktualizēti jautājumi par senjoru izglītošanos, piemēram, pieprasīti ir neformālās izglītības kursi Rīgas izglītības un informatīvi metodiskajā centrā, Rīgas Aktīvo senjoru alianse realizē apmācības dažādās sfērās, Nodarbinātības Valsts aģentūrā ir aktīva programma " Konkurētspējas paaugstināšanas pasākumi", kurā nav vecuma ierobežojumu, vēl Izglītības un Zinātnes ministrija realizē Mūžizglītības programmu, izvēle tiem, kuri vēlas pilnveidoties, ir, domāju, ka ar laiku iespējas izglītoties, socializēties vecāka gadagājuma cilvēku starpā tikai paplašināsies.
  • Ewa DUDA's picture
    Temat ten jest szczególnie ważny w dobie pandemii. Z jednej strony osoby starsze stanowią największą grupę ryzyka, zatem powinniśmy dołożyć wszelkich starań, aby edukować ich, wszystkimi dostępnymi formami, na temat czyhających zagrożeń. Z drugiej strony nie możemy seniorów całkowicie izolować pod pretekstem COVID-19, powinniśmy w bezpiecznych warunkach angażować ich w działania edukacyjne mające na celu stymulację, ale również przekazywanie wiedzy, wartości i tradycji, które jeśli o to nie zadbamy, znikną bezpowrotnie. 
  • Laura Dīriņa's picture
    Kā lielisku piemēru varu minēt pieaugušajiem paredzētos dienas centrus. Tur senioriem notiek gan izglītojošas, gan izklaidējošas nodarbības. Viens no vissvarīgākajiem pasākumiem ir viņu viesošanās bērnu dienas centros un otrādi - arī bērni no dienas centriem viesojas pie senioriem.
  • Elija Tiltiņa's picture
    Patiess prieks, ka arvien vairāk tiek aktualizēta mūžizglītība, tā ir lieliska iespēja senioriem pavadīt savu laiku apgūstot ko jaunu + socializēties!
  • Éva Szederkényi's picture
    Kicsit hazabeszélve, ajánlanám figyelmetekbe az idősebb generációnak; tanulási szokásainak, életvezetési kompetenciáira, egészségügyi kérdéseinek szentelt Kortalan Tudomány Fesztivált.