Intergenerational learning arises from activities which purposely involve two or more generations with the aim of generating additional or different benefits to those arising from single generation activities.
It involves different generations learning from each other and/or learning together with a tutor or facilitator.
ENIL responds to the need identified among practitioners to offer a platform and incentives for fostering new ideas and new developments in intergenerational learning across Europe, and to provide the infrastructure for on-going exchange of expertise, good practice, news, research and developments in the field.
ENIL aims to facilitate discussion and shared understanding of concepts/terminology around Intergenerational Learning Policy and Practice, while identifying new priorities and raising the profile of Intergenerational Learning across Europe by consolidating informal networks, contributing to the debate on the role of seniors in today's society, influencing policy makers, and disseminating and mainstreaming intergenerational learning developments. The Network will encourage both the horizontal transfer of innovation among practitioners and a two-way vertical dialogue between policy makers and the grass-root level.
It is expected that, as a result of network activities, practitioners throughout Europe will be able to adopt and/or improve intergenerational learning activities, and that policy makers will have sufficient information to back up further support for and mainstreaming of intergenerational learning activities into national and transnational policy and curricula.
ENIL is coordinated by EPFF (Espace Pédagogique Formation France), in Marseille, and has 25 participants from 20 European countries. Vox is the Norwegian partner in the network.
December 2010–December 2013
ENIL is funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, and is building on the foundations laid by the work in the European Family Learning Network, 2006–2009 and Falcon (the Family Learning Conference), 2003–2005.