In the same boat - Intergenerational training in North and South

 

 

Intergenerational learning Photo: igele/kebThere is a gap between generations in many European countries.

Older people don’t always feel comfortable nearby youngsters in several places in Europe. At the same time young people are increasingly disoriented in society and in the labour market. A possible solution is “intergenerational education”. However, vulnerable youth and seniors are, despite their differences, “in the same boat” as both groups risk marginalization in society.

In Italy and The Netherlands adult learning professionals have developed new initiatives to create cooperation and exchange between people from these two generations. This shared knowledge benefits not only individuals but also the community.