ENIL – European Network for Intergenerational Learning. LLP Grundtvig Multilateral project
The European Network in Intergenerational Learning responds to the need identified among practitioners to offer a platform and incentives for fostering new ideas and new developments in intergenerational learning across Europe, and to provide the infrastructure for on-going exchange of expertise, good practice, news, research and developments in the field. It will facilitate discussion and shared understanding of concepts/ terminology around Intergenerational Learning Policy and Practice, while identifying new priorities and raising the profile of Intergenerational Learning across Europe by consolidating informal networks, contributing to the debate on the role of seniors in today's society, influencing policy makers, disseminating and mainstreaming intergenerational learning developments. The Network will encourage through adequate measures both the horizontal transfer of innovation among practitioners (through Peer Learning Activities and providing opportunities to meet and exchange good practice) and a two-way vertical dialogue between policy makers and the grass-root level (through dissemination of policy decisions, through research into existing practice that will feed further policy recommendations, and through the singling out of impact of good practice at various levels). In concrete terms, the Network will organise two thematic conferences and an advocacy conference, will fund Peer-Learning Activities among organisations at grass-root level throughout Europe, will publish two thematic reports and an advocacy document, will issue an Intergenerational Learning Magazine in eZine format and in print.
The main aim of the Network is to promote Intergenerational Learning (IGL) by bringing together and supporting sustainable, effective practice in the field and by facilitating the exchange of ideas and expertise beyond individual projects, and by creating a mechanism for practitioners to influence policy and practice. Although some attempts to do this have existed, including a formerly funded network in IGL and several development projects, these have not led to sustainable practice. As a result, this Network will fulfil three parallel aims, and therefore three functions:
- RESEARCH FUNCTION: Provide an overview of IGL through comparative analyses and develop a shared terminology at a European level
- DISSEMINATION FUNCTION: Disseminate innovation and good practice in IGL at European level and provide a platform for information on key issues, policy and research In IGL
- ADVOCACY FUNCTION: Promote the mainstreaming of IGL at policy level and the implementation of identified innovative good practice throughout European educational systems.
It is expected that, as a result of network activities, practitioners throughout Europe will be able to adopt and/or improve intergenerational learning activities, and that policy makers will have sufficient information to back up further support for and mainstreaming of intergenerational learning activities into national and transnational policy and curricula.
The consortium of the project consists of 24 participants from 19 countries coordinated by EPFF from Marseille in France.
The Second conference of the European Network for Intergenerational Learning 'Intergenerational Learning: Towards Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity' and the third network meeting were organised in Nuremberg, Germany 24-26 October, 2012. The conference attracted over 80 participants - educators, practitioners, policy makers, organisations and individuals across Europe who have an interest or are already active in intergenerational learning.
The conference included key note speakers such as Dr Renate Heinsch, former MEP and member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Dr. Julia Franz, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Helen Keogh, Expert Consultant on Adult Education Policy to the European Commission, and a range of thematic workshops, which explored how policy and practice can support learning, active ageing and intergenerational solidarity in employment, education and social sectors. The Conference was addressed by Prof. Dr. Rita Süßmuth, President of the German Adult Education Association and Former President of the German Federal Parliament, and Mayor Dr. Klemens Gsell, City of Nuremberg.
Before and after the conference the ENIL network meeting was arranged to discuss the implementation of planned activities and to define future activities of the network.
The initial partners meeting of the project “E N I L – European Network for Intergenerational Learning” took place in Marseilles, Frances on 19-23th Jan 2011. The partners from 24 organisations representing 19 European countries attended the meeting. The project coordinator Lina Baronaite represented Soros International House.Next project partners meeting will take place in Slovenia.
On the 15th - 21st November, 2010 there was an annual (11th) Adult Learners’ Week coordinated by the Lithuanian Association of Adult Education.
Like every year, Soros International House participated in the Adult Learners’ Week and organized various events: a competition “My beloved teacher”, open lessons “Visit each other, learn from each other” for public and students, teachers of SIH, a seminar for language teachers “Educational video films in a lesson”.
During the Adult Learners’ Week we arranged an exhibition of children and teenagers artwork who participated in the EUROCHILD talent competition and Lifelong Learning and Nordplus programme projects’ exhibition “Learning myself and teaching others”.
On the 26th of November teachers of SIH Lauryna Butrimienė and Robin Alexander Muck arranged a seminar “The Unity of Teaching and Learning Methods and Tools when Organizing a Successful English Lesson” for the emplyees of Pakruojis Adults and Youth education centre and teachers from Pakruojis region. International project coordinator Nijolė Šmitaitė presented projects being implemented by SIH under Lifelong Learning and Nordplus programmes.