The EU – Connecting Generations

Program: Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values 2021-2027 CERV Program

Project Leader: Reflections on Europe Association

Project duration: March 2024 – August 2025


Project description:

We are launching another international project!

Together with partners from Croatia and Spain, we will carry out a series of activities aimed at social inclusion of seniors in activities with young people. We want to increase the integration of these generations, and create room for mutual sharing of opinions, different views, but also to stimulate the interest of both age groups in the topic of the European Union.

Based on our observations and the opinions of our partners, we have noticed that there is currently a worldview gap between the young and senior generations, which prevents joint action for the benefit of the local community. This gap will be bridged through joint intergenerational activities that address the history of the European Union in an attractive and engaging format for the target groups. Currently, intergenerational activities are not implemented in a satisfactory form in the partner cities and organizations, so we hope to bridge this gap by focusing on European education using innovative and creative tools and activities.

Project goals:

-Increasing integration between seniors and young people

-Exchanging experiences and opinions between the generations

-Increasing interest in the subject of the European Union among both generations

Main activities:

WP1 – Three-day workshops for participants from each country, led by experts. They will cover discussion moderation, self-presentation and the art of debating. The workshop will also aim to prepare participants to lead discussion meetings for young people, residents and seniors

WP2 – A series of 5 discussion meetings/workshops in each country (Poland, Spain, Croatia) led by young people with the support of EU experts with youth, seniors and locals.

Meeting topics:

meeting one – history of the EU – the most important milestones that defined the community –

meeting two – European integration-from the ECSC through Croatia to the candidate countries-what is the future of integration

meeting three – European values – what they are and why they are so important

meeting four – the European Parliament, Council of the European Union, and European Commission-understand the EU institutions

meeting five – what’s next? how do we see the future of the European Union + EP elections

Each meeting will start with a short quiz on the topic (e.g. using Kahoot), additionally during the meetings we will use the mentimeter to ask questions to the experts.

WP3 – The EU Competition – 5 “tournaments” about the European Union in each country. A given tournament will be thematically related to the meetings

WP4 – Intergenerational study visit to Brussels.

What is behind us?

1. Meeting in Poland on EU history

From 25.04 – 29.04 the first meeting of the project took place. It focused on the history of the European Union, its values, but also on developing soft skills of the participants. The event was held on the grounds of the Karczówka Monastery in Kielce – the capital of the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship.

On the first day, all participants had a joint dinner, after which a representative of the ROE showed the guests around the site, telling them about the idea of the project and the rules in place.

The next day was the first workshop! The amazing Basia Biskup from the Regional Volunteer Center prepared many team-building activities for the young people from Poland, Spain and Croatia. The workshop began with a game, where participants divided into teams of three were to ask each other questions to get to know each other better. Then it was time for the “Mission impossible” field game. All participants had half an hour to complete a long list of tasks together, which were designed to integrate them and teach them the principles of effective teamwork. After this activity, we smoothly moved on to talking about what counts in cooperation. Based on this, the participants created a list of rules for the next days of the project.

The next highlight of the day was an extremely interesting debate. Basia introduced the participants to the story, which featured 6 characters. The youngsters’ task was to create a ranking, in which they were to decide which character contributed most to the death of the main character. This task showed that everyone has different views and principles that they follow in life, but one should respect each other’s opinions. Finally, Basia created a timeline on which all participants were to place the most important events for them.

The next day began with energizers to stimulate the participants. The workshops were then led by Piotr Kaczynski – an expert on the European Union. The first point of the workshop was a discussion on the impact the Union has on the lives of young people. Later, Piotr presented the structure of the European Union in a way that was accessible to young people, so that participants could understand how the various organs of the Union work. Then, divided into groups, the young people prepared posters on European values. Later there was a discussion about rights which every European citizen has. The expert devoted the last moment of the workshop to a short history lesson on the origins of the European Union. An Intercultural Evening was held, during which each country presented the traditions it is famous for.

The last day dedicated to workshops was led by the indispensable Kama Kępczynska together with a volunteer from France – Quentin. Kama focused on teaching the participants the principles of effective self-presentation and performing on stage. To begin, the youngsters were to present themselves in pairs so that the other person would remember as many interesting facts as possible. Later, the groups from each country were to present a senior relevant to each country, based on the tips given by the expert. The next activity was led by Quentin. He prepared a debate for the participants, the topic of which was the ban on voting in elections for people over 65. Each group had a designated speaking time to convince the rest of their point.

In the afternoon, the ROE representation told the participants about the idea of the project and the next planned activities. It was agreed that each member country will organize discussion meetings and teleseminars involving young people and senior citizens. The main topic of the meetings will be the European Union and how it works, as well as connecting generations.

In conclusion, the event in Kielce was not only a valuable lesson on the European Union, its history and values for the participants, but also a dose of information on the project. Everyone understood the issues of the project and together planned the next activities, the results of which you will be able to see soon!

2. Meetings in High Schools

  1. Workshops in Technical High School No. 2 in Starachowice

On May 27, the first of a series of 5 meetings was held in one of Starachowice’s high schools. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a dialogue on the subject of the European Union between young people and seniors. The generations were able to share their experiences, as well as gain knowledge during a workshop conducted by Europe Direct Kielce.

The event began with a Kahoot contest on EU knowledge. It consisted of 20 short questions. Of course, the winners were rewarded with interesting gadgets 🙂

Then it was time for a presentation by Ms. Karolina from Europe Direct Kielce. It was a short lecture on the history of the European Union, the most important events that influenced the image of today’s Union. The presentation was a prelude to the workshop and discussion in groups about what benefits the EU gives to both young people and seniors. Students from the Technical School, together with seniors from the University of the Third Age in groups, created posters on various issues related to the European Union. One of the important topics covered by the groups was the Europarliamentary elections – why vote?

The workshop was very interesting, mainly due to the age diversity of the participants. Young people and seniors liked this form of work very much, and both age groups were able to learn a lot from each other and jointly develop interesting conclusions.

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