BRIDGE stands for Building Relations for Improving the Dialogue between Generations through Education. The BRIDGE project strives to meet the need of finding new solutions to handle the phenomenon of aging population in Europe. As the number of elderly people in Europe is increasing significantly and will keep on increasing (at least until 2030), this project aims to answer the question: what forms of solidarity can be fostered between young people and elderly people?
We developed this project in accordance to the statement that active participation of young and old people together in voluntary, community and learning activities increases wellbeing, reduces isolation and makes a significant economic contribution.
The project aim is to support Life Long Learning (LLL) process of young adults (18–30) and senior citizens (55+) by their involvement in non-formal intergenerational (IG) activities. General approach is to make them more active in social life and to support their LLL process by presenting non-formal education methods.
The idea of the project was created by employees of the organization Kobiety.lodz.pl, who were inspired with the TC about Intergenerational Work. Afterwards they invited 6 organizations from different European countries, willing to cooperate with this project.
Working in the field of adult education, partners are willing to discuss challenges, compare solutions and promote the circulation of good practice in the field of non–formal methods of education as a tool to foster the IG dialogue.
By being involved in the project activities, partners aim at providing adult learners with pathways to improve their knowledge and competences as much as raise their awareness in such issues as:
- Voluntarism and active ageing as an expression of European active citizenship
- Impact of non–formal education on the LLL process
- Non–formal education methods as the way of facing the challenges of aging
population in Europe
- Importance of IG dialogue in Europe facing the problem of aging society
Exchanges and mobilities of staff and adult learners, sharing experiences, practices and methods will raise the ability of partners in having a real impact at the issues mentioned. The cross–cultural meeting of people from different backgrounds will have a positive influence on the learning process of the partners’ representatives