Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crossing the Divide-Intergenerational Learning


Press Release- 'Crossing the Divide'

On Tuesday May 16th, Director for the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway, Professor Tom Scharf presented participants of the Living scenes Intergenerational Programme with portfolios of their work at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, Mill Street.
As this extremely successful programme drew to a close for another year, Professor Scharf spoke of 'the lovely opportunities provided for the participants to learn from each other and to experience life through the eyes of another generation.'

Through weekly art, music, drama and creative writing workshops, NUI Galway's Living Scenes Programme provides opportunities for teenagers and older adults to learn together, share experiences and build important bonds of mutual respect and understanding.
Emphasis is on the holistic development of the participants, promoting equality, personal development and confidence buildingin an atmosphere of cross- generational awareness and respect.

NUI Galway's Dr. Mary Surlis-who originally devised and continues to develop this innovative programme, is the Living Scenes Director.
'Living Scenes is about adopting an open, inclusive and consultative approach to learning' she informs us. To date, almost 1,500 participants have been part of our programme in some form, the highest of any intergenerational learning initiative of its kind across Ireland, or even Europe.

Hedy Gibbons, the programme's creative writing facilitator spoke of "the joy of working with this group" and how wonderful it was that group incorporated their own individual into their work.
Hedy then introduced several members of the group and encouraged them to read some of their work.

Loretta Needham, manager of Croí na Gaillimhe then thanked NUI Galway for extending their programme into the community .
It was a truly lovely and inspiring afternoon where all participants where participants voiced their over-whelming positive experiences and memories of Living Scenes 2011-2012.

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