Fostering Cooperation and Intergenerational (IG) Learning(FCIGL)



The situation of IG learning in OPONGA/community of Kilkis/GREECE

EU Practices

The purpose of intergenerational learning is sharing approaches between older and younger people, enriching the educational needs of each group.

triti ilikia 002.jpgAs part of the formal learning that takes place within the formal educational system, the intergenerational communication is extremely limited and almost exclusively in the two roles of trainer-teacher and learner-student. The intergenerational learning focuses on communication between generations, while at the same time requires the development of a suitable framework for adult learning. In this context, the intergenerational learning is a research and educational challenge. The specificity of IG Learning based on:

§  Requires innovative pedagogical approaches,

§  triti ilikia 005.jpgCombines the established learning practices both personally and in terms of educational institutions and foundations

The Eu encourages the IG Learning by investigating the horizontal cultural experiences, best practices and methods in Europe and the wider community of Lifelong Learning. In an era of demographic explosion of the elderly, while the prevalence of digital technology, the EU in order to encourage the IG Learning, finance and suggests actions and initiatives, due to bridge both generational and technological gap. The year 2012 has been designated as the “European Year of Ageing and Solidarity between


Generations”. The aim of this year is to raise awareness of the contribution of older people in society.

DSC 2539The purpose is the encouragement of policy makers and stakeholders at all levels to take action to create better opportunities for active aging and to strengthen solidarity between generations.

In Greece, although isn’t fully understood the concept of “intergenerational learning” has been implemented many innovative actions and initiatives through European Programs that aiming to share knowledge, skills, experiences and attitudes among elderly and young people.  In Greece, the public body which plans and takes action in the field of adult education is the General Secretariat of Lifelong Learning of the Ministry of Education.

The G.G.D.V.M. is the executive body in the field of adult education which develops, coordinates and implements at national level as for the emigrant Hellenism actions related to lifelong learning as:

·         Basic adult education, that is to say the fight against illiteracy and the completion of compulsory education.

·         General adult education and training, that is to say the provision of continuing  training, education and training of specific groups at risk of social exclusion, the programs of learning Greek as a second language and education in ICT.

·         Socio-cultural education and training related to issues like culture, health and environment, as well as information on social, cultural and European themes.

·         Open and distance education and training and the connection and cooperation with the modern open and distance education systems.

·         Adult teachers’ education.

Bodies responsible to implement the policies

1.      Institute of Continuing Adult Education (IDEKE)

2.      Centre for Distance LLL (KE.DBM.AP)

3.      Centre for LLL studies “Aristotle”

4.      Centre for LLL of Adults’ teachers KE.DBM.EK.EN.)

5.      Education Committees of Prefectures (NELE)

6.      Vocational Training Centre (KEK)


Structures for Adults’ Education

1.      second chance schools

2.      Centres for Adults’ Education

3.      Schools for Parents other Greek organizations that have an indirect or straightly role in implementing initiatives for intergenerational action are:  Ministry for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religions, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare, Institution for Youth and Lifelong Learning, Institute for Youth, General Secretariat for Youth, National Hellenic Research Foundation and many educational centers and senior educational institutions. These entities implement various measures in order to promote intergenerational learning and communication, tolerance between generations and socialization of people who feel socially excluded.


Here are some examples and good practices that have been implemented or are implementing, these period in Greece:



Action/Name of the Project

Brief Description


Local entities of Greece

“Parents Schools”

Educational and Lifelong Learning Program

Ministry for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religions

             Target group of the program:

·     parents of children of all ages/ nationality/education

·     future parents

·     parents of children with  special needs

·     teachers

·     elderly people

·     socially vulnerable groups





Action/Name of the Project

Brief Description


Laboratory for New Technologies of University of Athens

Event for the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

Event for Intergeneration Learning and Communication

The activity was attended by 14 students aged 11 years old 5 students’ grandmothers. They used video games. The purpose of the event was to exchange experiences in games from different periods.

Ministry for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religions



Educational Television

The purpose is the modern and complex forms of knowledge. Production and viewing television programs and the extensive breeding and disposal of the educational community in DVD format. The issue for “Digital Media Training for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations” is presented between others broadcasting issues.



Organization for Culture, Youth  and Sport of Municipality of Kilkis

Initiative which called “Walking…like old days”

(without cars and others modern public transport)




The purpose of the initiative is to bring beautiful and nostalgic patterns of the past. In the initiative participated young and old people who had the opportunity to discuss about the entertainment of the past and the new ways of life and exchange ideas.



50+ Hellas

(Non-governmental and non-profit organization)



Member of AGE PLATFORM Europe  which represents European citizens over 50 years of age.

Improve the quality of life of those over 50 years of age in Greece, within a more equal society and through actions and activities affecting all aspects of life.






Action/Name of the Project

Brief Description


Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus"


Research Academic Computer Technology Institute



  «TANDEM – How to establish intergenerational and -cultural communication and how to provide for transfer and transparency of competences in VET”

Primary and High Schools of Greece

Contest «generations@school»


Participation in European competition for the selection of the best initiatives of each country in relation to intergenerational solidarity.

Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
Technical University of Crete



(Adults Learning for Intergenerational Creative Experiences)




The ALICE project leverages diversity, a factor that enriches life and offers new experiences through intergenerational learning