Sponsored by the Region Grand Est

8 November 2016 - 14.00/16.00 - palais de l'europe - Room 7 - Interpretation: FR/EN/RU

The lab will look into ways of strengthening inter-generational learning on order to foster values, community cohesion and combat inequality.

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Intergenerational and intercultural education programme “Ensemble Demain”, France

In French national education, an intergenerational programme was developed and implemented in the Academy of Paris, certified by the European Commission, and has been put in place in partnership with the association "Ensemble Demain”, to enable the development of intergenerational and intercultural projects (social and civic education, history and memory, language proficiency, arts, physical education, science, new technologies, international exchange projects).The development of intergenerational ties is an opportunity to: Develop in students the culture of "living together"; create educational courses between generations; encourage the transmission of republican values, secularism, citizenship and culture of commitment to train future citizens; work on memorial and historical issues; promote the work on new technologies; and to fight against inequality.


GADET Carole

Carole GADET

Project Manager "intergenerational approaches", Education France, responsible for the association “Ensemble Demain”, France


Carole Gadet is founder of the association "Ensemble Demain” which is unique in Europe and was selected as national innovative project by the Ministry of Education in France. She presented the project at UNESCO, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the OECD. She is a member of the European network of researchers on intergenerational issues "COST INTERFASOL" and organizes trainings, conferences, national and European seminars on the intergenerational in society (education, health, risk prevention, shelter).


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



Filmmaker, writer, educator, President of the International Bateson Institute


Nora Bateson, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.



Director European Policy on Social Inclusion and Welfare, City of Ghent


Graduated as Social Pedagogue, Anja started her career as streetcornerworker with male prostitutes in Ghent. After this five-years-lasting exciting challenge, she became lector of didactical management and later Programme Coordinator at the Teachers Training Academy in Alost. In 2007, she returned to Ghent, directing the Integration Service of the City. She further specialised in Diversity Management and European Studies, whereby she is now responsible for European Policy on Social Inclusion and Welfare within the city. Through her accumulated work experience, I'm always focused on supporting the most vulnerable groups in society. Removing barriers to make policy and social participation of ALL possible is at the top of her to do list, which is demonstrated in some published articles.



Head of Democratic Initiatives Department, Council of Europe

An ecologist and environmentalist by training (9 years at Madrid University as research fellow and assistant professor in Ecology), he has worked since 1985 for the Council of Europe mainly on environment and disaster risk reduction issues, first as Secretary of a European Wildlife Convention (the Bern Convention), as Head of the Environment Division and also as Executive Secretary of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), a platform of cooperation between European and Southern Mediterranean states in major natural and technological hazards. In the framework of his responsibilities in the environment sector he was in charge from 1998 until 2012 of the Unit of Biological Diversity. Since January 2013 he is in charge of a number of other varied programmes, including Intercultural Cities, Civil Society, the World Forum of Democracy and Cultural Routes. Among the instruments he helped prepare were the European Landscape Convention, over a hundred recommendations and policy documents on risk management and environment, and was responsible for the preparation of Ministerial Conferences in Biodiversity and Major Risks. Main field of competence:, biological diversity risk management and other environment / sustainable development issues.

Lab 18 - Intergenerational learning
palais de l'europe - Room 7 8 November 2016 - 14.00/16.00
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