Intergenerational solidarity and active ageing - La Spezia 2-6 October
In the framework of Grundtvig Learning Partnership Connecting Generations, more than 100 people of all ages have been involved in a three days highly interactive and participatory seminar on intergenerational solidarity and active ageing in La Spezia, organized by AIDEA, a leading association on adult education in Northern Italy.
Among the participants, twenty-six came from seven European countries and the rest were public officers, teachers, students, volunteers, members of AIDEA and EDAFORUM and citizenship at large, including seniors and very young children.
It was particularly successful that the seminar took place during the “Festa della Marineria”, since participants could live the city of La Spezia at her best and most lively. The third edition of the Festa della Marineria, from the 3rd to the 6th October, hosted 36 queens of the sea for the final stage of the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta. The Festa offered more than 100 free events and a full programme of regattas, exhibitions of historical boats, tall ships visits, thematic exhibitions, performances, music and food during four days.
The seminar activities were in fact part of the general programme of the Festa and international guests could interact all the time with local people and share experiences and ideas.
The Soča Valley Development Centre (Sln. Posoški razvojni center) hosted the fourth (midterm) meeting of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership project “Connecting Generations” (abbreviated CONGENIAL). The project partners, who come from eight European countries, met on Wednesday, 22May, in the small town of Bovec in western Slovenia. The main task of the project group was to discuss various issues that they encountered during the implementation of the project and find appropriate solutions. After the official start of the meeting on Wednesday evening, the representative of the Slovenian project group, Nika Kikelj, introduced Peter Beltram from the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, who presented experiences in Slovenian adult education, with a special emphasis on the intergenerational learning experience.
The “real” meeting began on Thursday morning and ended that afternoon. After the meeting, the Congenial Group went on a site-seeing tour of Bovec and its surroundings, which was organized by a group of trainees for the local tourist guide certificate as part of their final exam. The project group visited the Trenta Valley and the Triglav National Park Museum.
Friday’s activities took place in the nearby town of Tolmin. First of all, the participants in the Project Learning for Young Adults programme presented their activities within the Connecting Generations project. The activities were based on traditional knowledge of using herbs in home cooking. Because of the bad weather, the group could not visit the herbal garden as initially planned. Nevertheless, the local herb specialist Lado Tuta gave a talk about herbs and their use in home medicine. The participants in the Project Learning for Young Adults programme made their own syrups, bread and pastries from the herbs they had learned about during the project. They collected all of the recipes in a special booklet in both Slovenian and English.
In the afternoon, the Congenial Group visited the Tolmin Museum, where it was welcomed by the mayor of the Municipality of Tolmin, Uroš Brežan, and the director of the Tolmin Museum, Damjana Fortunat Černilogar. The museum curator Karla Kofol took the group on a journey through the history of the Soča Valley, with an emphasis on the 300thanniversary of the Tolmin peasant uprising. The group had a special opportunity to see what the local style of dress was like in those days and how the clothes were made. All of this was presented by a group of women that gathered in a study circle to do research in this area.
In the evening the group took a trip to the mountains, to the small village of Koseč, where it had a traditional Slovenian dinner. This was followed by a presentation of the certificates. That was also the official ending of the meeting in Slovenia.
To conclude, the project partners agreed that Slovenia is a warm host and a beautiful country that can offer a great deal to everyone.
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Written by Nika Kikelj (Soča Valley Development Centre)
Congenial (Connecting Generations) is a project from 8 countries.
List of partners:
1. EDA FORUM (Italy)
2. Merseyside Expending Horizons Ltd (UK)
3. Living Values in Education (Greece)
4. Mercan Uluslararasi Gönüllüler Derneği (Turkey)
5. The University of the Third age in Białystok (Poland)
6. AIDEA Associazione di Educazione degli Adulti La Spezia (Italy)
7. Universitatea Crestina Dimitrie Cantemir, Facultatea de Stiinte ale Educatiei (Romania)
8. Telos Cultural Provider partnership (Hungary)
9. Posoški razvojni center (Slovenia)