Intergenerational Dialogues for ESD

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Intergenerational Dialogues for ESD

In this third part of the project, we broaden the perspectives beyond the preschool/school. In Part three, children and teachers are asked to engage in intergenerational dialogues around three specific goals for a sustainable lifestyle.

Such dialogues can bring mutual benefits for the young children and their teachers and caregivers, based on the local context and including indigenous and traditional knowledge. The goals for Part 3 are chosen because we know that these kinds of activities involve all three dimensions of ESD (social-cultural, environmental and economic) as well as empowerment for the participants. We ask you to choose one (or more) of the goals for Part 3 and work together with the children to reach them.

The project starts

by discussing the chosen goal with the children. Together children and teachers come up with questions to ask people of the grandparent generation. The questions mentioned below are some examples:

Goal No. 1

How do we use plastic?
Reducing the number of plastic bottles and plastic bags used in the preschool/school and at home
Examples of opening questions to the grandparent generation:

– How did you bring water and carry water before there were plastic bottles?
– What did you use instead of plastic bags?
– Do you have any suggestions on how we may reduce the use of plastic?

Goal No. 2
Where does the food come from?
Creating a new garden in the neighbourhood to produce food
Examples of opening questions to the grandparent generation:

– Did you have a garden at home? What did you grow there?
– How do you start a garden, what tools and resources are needed?
– Can you help us?

Goal No. 3
How do you play with toys and with other children?
Establishing a network of friends, starting by the exchange of games and traditional play by reaching out to children in another preschool/school in your community or somewhere in the world
Examples of opening questions to the grandparent generation:

– What types of games did you play when you were a child?
– Do you remember any specific toys?
– Are there any traditional games and play that you can tell about?

The project continues

with an action as a next step. After the dialogues, children discuss the different answers they have got and compare the new knowledge to their life. Notes are made on the ideas the children come up with. Based on the ideas from the children, activities or a local project are planned in order to reach the goal.

Guidelines for further inspiration about Part 3 will be sent out to the appointed project leaders and the OMEP national presidents on:

– Intergenerational dialogues
– Follow up discussions in the preschool/school
– How to start activities or local projects.

OMEP National Committees appoint national project leaders, who will be responsible for the ESD Part 3 project.

December 2012 Confirmation of participation, send in the attached Registration Form.Appointing project leaders, starting planning the national project.
Information to local early childhood centres and OMEP members.
January 2013
The start of local projects
January – April 2013 Intergenerational Dialogues and local projects are carried out.
2013 Local reports are sent to national project leaders.
May 2013
National reports with chosen examples are sent to World project coordinators.
July 2013 Presentations and discussions at the OMEP World Assembly and World Congress in Shanghai.
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