ICDI was invited to present TOY and TOY for Inclusion as a best practice in the field of social inclusion by the Erasmus+ Dutch National Agency this week. The Agency organised a 3-day Transnational Cooperation Activity in Wageningen (Netherlands) with more than 90 participants from 16 EU countries on this topic.
Giulia Cortellesi, coordinator of TOY for Inclusion, facilitated an interacive workshop on social cohesion and inclusion through intergenerational learning, based on the experiences of the TOY projects.
The themes of this session were:
– building bridges between families, ECEC services and communities;
– building trust between families of different backgrounds;
– supporting interaction and learning across all generations including older adults in the community;
– providing a community space for inter-agency cooperation between early years services.
During the workshop, 20 participants from 9 EU countries came up with ideas of intergenerational activities for children 0-8 years old and reflected on how these activities could involve both young and old, how they need to be designed in order to beaccessible for children and adults of different cultural background or with special needs and, finally, what the benefits are for both generations.