Supporting intergenerational learning and volunteering

SILVIA – “Supporting intergenerational learning and volunteering as a mean for inclusion through autobiographical learning” is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership involving six organisations coming from Sweden, France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Croatia, all active in the field of non-formal learning, adult education and lifelong learning.

The problem of low basic and civic competencies among adults is not just a national but certainly a European problem. The project aims at developing basic and civic competencies through an intergenerational exchange between female senior volunteers / trainers in the field of adult education and young migrant women in a NEET situation.

The objective is to exchange the best practices in non-formal education in intergenerational learning with a focus on ICT and active citizenship and, on the basis of this, organise training courses at national level in order to test and develop the shared learning tools.

The idea for the project SILVIA is based on the results of a successfully completed Grundtvig project coordinated by the French organization TERA-MDE16. Within this project “Ambassadors of active citizenship”, the so-called “Giovanna’s” have been formed on the autobiographical method. These senior women, all actively engaged in civil society and local NGO’s have discovered and learned to use the different tools of the autobiographical method in order to help other women to valorise their informal competencies. After the end of this project all participants felt a strong need to continue using this method and even use it in a larger sense by working on a follow-up project now including young female women.

Young migrant unemployed women are not fully aware of their fundamental rights and are not conscious of the non-formal competencies they possess. However these women have grown up in the information technologies world and therefore have an easy access and skills related to ICT services. On the other hand, female senior volunteers don’t have the necessary ICT competencies but they can share their life experiences as active citizens through non-formal pedagogic tools. 

This intergenerational learning setting helps young unemployed women to valorise their competences, develop basic skills and knowledge about active citizenship and their fundamental rights with the support of senior female trainers and the application of autobiographical methods, while young women help senior women to get better access to modern technologies.

Our main objectives are:

– Valorise civic competences of young migrant women in a NEET situation

– Increase awareness of fundamental rights, social prevention means and active citizenship among young women

– Exchange of best practices between trainers in non-formal education for adults (autobiographical method, valorisation of basic competencies)

– Reduce the intergenerational gap in ICT competencies

 Increase awareness of the importance of digital inclusion

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