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GENERATIONS IN INTERACTION – pilot group in Poland

What comes to your mind when you think of an intergenerational meeting?
A typical family dinner? Awkward discussions on politics, weddings, divorces, funerals…?

Or maybe other way round: a joint walk, cinema, theatre? Recollections of journeys and adventures? Never ending talks about life in the atmosphere of openness, trust and laughter?

A group of people of different age have met together to discuss those question and experience how intergenerational meetings look like in reality. This workshop is a pilot group conducted in a frame of “GE&IN – Generations in interaction” project. The aim of the project is to check if learning in intergenerational context can promote cultural and values’ exchange, and enhance social cohesion. During a 4-days workshop we are testing in action how non-formal education methods can influence relationship between generations. Pilot groups are conducted simultaneously in five countries: Finland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Poland, in cooperation with our partners:

  • Sivistysliitto Kansalaisfoorumi (SKAF) from Finland as coordinator
  • University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Finland
  • Vitale Tecnologie Telecomunicazioni – Viteco S.r.l., Italy
  • Asociatia Centrul European pentru Integrare Socioprofesionala ACTA, Romania
  • Ljudska Univerza, Zavod za Izobrazevanje in Kulturo, rogaska slatina (LURS), Slovenia
  • Universita Degli Studi di Trieste (UNITS), Italy

We invite you to take part in this journey in time and space. How we are different from each other and alike at the same time? How we can learn from each?

DAY 1: A LIFE MAP

First day was a day of meeting and getting to know each other. Participants introduced themselves, their motivation to take part, as well as potential doubts. We met in a beautiful old villa of Dom Zabawy i Kultury DZIK and thanks to kindness of everyone, we managed to create a warm ambience of open talks and shared stories.

Participants had a chance to travel in time and space and create a handmade life map.To boost imagination they were using different colours, textures and shapes. The idea was to search for the memories of important people of different age, they have met on their way. Those meetings were visualised in a pathway created with colourful ribbons and strands.

Meanwhile we’ve been sharing stories, funny anecdotes and important experiences. In conclusion, we’ve discussed what intergenerational learning is and how “integration” and “interaction” work in practice.

Essential concept is identity – who am I? How does this process of self development is influenced by interactions with people of different age? How can intergenerational learning be used as an active resource for individuals to create meanings and identity?

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission in the frame of Erasmus + Programme

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