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

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



TOY Research


Tells the story of the 13 TOY pilot actions which took place during 2014 in five European countries

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TOY in Action


Tells the story of the 13 TOY pilot actions which took place during 2014 in five European countries

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TOY Toolkit


A Training Manual for Intergenerational Learning Initiatives

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An intergenerational summer camp in Italy

In this week’s blogpost Akiko Shimizu, who is originally from Japan, reflects on her and her young daughter’s participation in a TOY inspired intergenerational summer camp in Italy. >> Read more


Supporting intergenerational relationships in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

In rural villages in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa grandparents, especially grandmothers, often take care of young children. >> Read more

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ICDI calls on EU to put refugee and migrant children first

These children will grow up becoming future EU citizens. They should be considered as children first, regardless of their migration status! Share..

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Read this great interview (thanks Eurochild!) with our director Mathijs Euwema:

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Remi attending Eurochild's Children Participation Strategy meeting.

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Timeline Photos

ICDI's Rutger Van Oudenhoven and Eugenie Polman traveled to Bulgaria for a project to support anti-bullying programmes by strengthening a child-centered..

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Timeline Photos

Yesterday and today the TOY-PLUS project kick-off meeting took place in Leiden (NL), hosted by ICDI. Sixteen representatives from seven European..

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