Mon 26 Nov 2012 03:39:00 PM EET
The second European Network in Intergenerational Learning (ENIL) conference took place in Nuremberg from the 24th to the 26th of October. It was titled "Intergenerational Learning: Towards Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity" and it gathered educators, practitioners, policy makers, organisations and individuals across Europe who have an interest or are active in intergenerational learning. Also EAEA took part to the event.
One of the aims of the conference was to present the report on Intergenerational Learning and Active Ageing, which has been produced by four international experts as the result of a study carried out between June and September 2012 at the request of the European Network for Intergenerational Learning.
The report presents the findings and conclusions of the study followed by a set of recommendations on the ways in which the Intergenerational Learning could be used and promoted by European institutions, national authorities, the European Network for Intergenerational Learning and practitioners at large. It also attempts to show how Intergenerational Learning could contribute to the implementation of European policies, including the Renewed Agenda for Adult Learning.
The main goal of the ENIL 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.
Participants had the opportunity to listen to interesting key note presentations from Dr. Renate Heinisch, former member of the European Parliament, current member of the Europe an Economic and Social Committee, Chairperson of the Parents Association of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg; Dr. Julia Franz, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Ms Helen Keogh, Expert Consultant on Adult Education Policy to the European Commission. During these three interventions participants had a chance to learn about European developments on IGL and to receive a theoretical background on intergenerational learning.
A very much appreciated part of the conference was a range of thematic workshops, which explored how policy and practice can support learning, active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. The workshops tackled three different sectors (Employment, Education and Social) each of which was explored in the following three aspects: policy and financing, programmes, validation and quality assurance.
The conference was closed by a round table with testimonies of active ageing and a passionate speech of Rita Süssmuth, Former President of the German Bundestag and Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. This latter highlighted the importance of the intergenerational learning for the development of the European society and some key challenges of lifelong learning in relation to ageing.
"Adult education is underfunded, even if it has been more and more recognised as a fundamental need of the society," she stated.
Conference´s presentations and material are available at the ENIL website