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Intergenerational learning

Education is a natural setting to support intergenerational learning and solidarity. Many interesting initiatives are taking place in our schools, universities, adult education and youth centres. A long-term strategic approach to intergenerational learning can contribute not only to economic growth, but also to social cohesion. It is a crucial asset in building inclusive communities and a “culture of caring”.

More initiatives and projects with mixed age groups between educational institutions and local communities are needed, such as opening up schools and higher education institutions to non-traditional publics. In the workplace initiatives that help young and old people transfer their skills can improve their working conditions and performance. Good practices in intergenerational learning should be better shared across the EU through an increased cooperation between Member States.

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  • Intergenerational learning for inclusive societies

    Population ageing will continue with accelerating pace in the next decades. Today half of the population is 40 years old or above while in 2060 half of the population will be aged 48 years or above. These trends require some considerable societal adaptations regarding work, family life and social protection. Many European practices, as well as research, show that intergenerational learning can be a strong boost for improving learning take up and attainment as well as a sense of solidarity. It is about learning together […]

  • Ready for the Demographic Revolution? Measuring Active Ageing

    Across the EU, the number of older people is increasing – particularly fast, when it comes to people over 80 – and the number of young and working-age people is decreasing. Many regard this as a problem, particularly if they see older people as a burden. This view is unjustifiably negative and during the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the Commission started supporting the development of a measure of active ageing. These three broad dimensions of active ageing […]

  • LLLP Statement on Intergenerational Learning for sustainable societies

    On 29th April, the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, half of the population is 40 years old or above, and it is estimated to be 48 years or above in 2060, inevitably shaking our already fragile social structures. It is high time we take solid measures to bridge the increasing gaps between generations and sharpen ourselves up for challenges ahead. Education is a natural setting to support intergenerational solidarity and many interesting initiatives are already taking place in our […]

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