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European Network for Intergenerational Learning
Start date: Dec 1, 2010,

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, fund Peer-Learning Activities among organisations at grass-root level throughout Europe, publish two thematic reports and an advocacy document, issue an Intergenerational Learning Magazine in eZine format and in print.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.
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