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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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TOY-PLUS

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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‘If you can talk you can sing’ – Donegal ‘Choir of Ages’ (Ireland)

‘If you can talk, you can sing!’ This is the motto of a new and innovative choir in Ireland that is doing a lot more than just creating a beautiful sound….

In a rural and sparsely populated area of north west Ireland, an intergenerational choir: ‘Choir of Ages’ or in the Irish language ‘Ceol le Cheile’ (Coming Together to Sing) has become a big success in the last year.

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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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‘If you can talk you can sing' - Donegal ‘Choir of Ages’ (Ireland) - ToyProject.net

At TOY we promote and support intergenerational activities and relationships because it is great and enriching to have friends of all ages! Have..

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Last night In Brussels we were happy to receive the Lifelong Learning Platform prize for TOY for Inclusion together with ISSA - International..

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TOY course online: intergenerational learning for practitioners

The HellenicOpenUniversity and the DAISSy research group co-organised an Info Day about Intergenerational Practice and Learning which is taking..

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Lifelong Learning Platform

We are proud to announce that our project 'TOY for Inclusion' has been awarded by the Lifelong Learning Platform as the best project in the category..

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ICDI - International Child Development Initiatives

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