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Together Old and Young – TOY: young children and older adults learning together

The TOY project was initiated and is promoted by International Child Development Initiatives - ICDI.

The purpose of the TOY Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and create new possibilities for senior citizens and young children to learn together and benefit from each others’ company.  We believe that this is more important than ever before across the world. People are living longer but older adults and young children are having less and less contact with each other. Parents and grandchildren are migrating to cities and countries far away from grandparents.  >> read more



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Latest TOY project publications

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Together Old and Young: Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills

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TOY for Inclusion

TOY for Inclusion: Community Based Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) for Roma Children

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The Tokyo playpark: a landscape for all ages

As part of their project “Moving Together – on the inclusion of elderly in the public space”, Danish architects Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena paid a visit to the so-called Tokyo Playparks, where intergenerational encounters take place on an informal basis. Read their reflections in this blogpost.

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Reflections on ageing and what young children and older people have in common

“I’d sincerely wish I could go back to school -I think that I would fit somewhere in eighth grade”- some reflections on ageing and what young children and older people have in common by ICDI‘s Nico van Oudenhoven.

Novelist Ursula Le Guin died on 22 January this year, at the age of 89 years. A long life, but her ideas are bound to live much, much longer.

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TOY online course - registration are open!

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Very happy with the enthusiastic participation and presentations of these students and professionals discussing possible solutions to the challenges..

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TOY Newsletter #12

The latest TOY newsletter is online! Happy reading and do not forget to register for the TOY online course (more info and link in the newsletter).

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The Tokyo playpark: a landscape for all ages - ToyProject.net

"In this ’breach’ of the formal city, all people are invited to participate in a free, fun and creative intergenerational interplay. Embedded..

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ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives

Very nice blog! We are lucky to have you Lal, and thanks for all the great work you have done on the Together Old and Young - TOY projects!

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