The Intergenerational Learning Programme (ILP) is part of the Ad Hoc Learning Opportunities offered under the National Silver Academy.
The ILP aims to encourage intergenerational bonding by matching youths and seniors in a group learning environment. Through practical lessons such as Skype, Facebook, managing health and laughter yoga, seniors acquire new knowledge while youths share theirs and learn character building.
Three primary objectives of ILP are forging intergenerational bonding between the youths and the seniors, promoting active living by enhancing mental and social wellbeing among seniors, as well as improving public perceptions and attitudes towards ageing.
C3A works with partners such as schools, grassroots organisations and VWOs to roll out this initiative and to reach out to more seniors through their networks. Studies and testimonies from the participants have proven that the ILP has effectively bridged generational gaps. C3A will also inject new elements into the programme based on feedback from seniors.
- Each senior will be paired with a student
- Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 50 and above
- Programme consists of 1 to 4 consecutive sessions
“Are you still a student? I expect I shall be a student to the end of my days.”
- Anton Chekhov, Russian Dramatist and Writer
"I have successfully learnt the Social Networking tools, and also made new friends during the programme. I enjoyed the intergenerational bonding activities between the younger and elder generations."
Shirley Teo, 55, senior participant at Temasek Polytechnic’s Social Networks ILP
"My buddy is an active learner and is very enthusiastic and passionate towards acquiring new knowledge. Through these sessions, I know more about how the ILP seniors learn and the ways they prefer to learn."
Ren Ziyu, 16, Raffles Institution's ICT ILP
"Feeling the energy from all the students has helped me learn how to think, reflect and look at life from a different perspective. Thanks to the students, I am reminded that as long as I live my life to the fullest and am happy, I would have lived a life of no regrets."
Mah Hwee Leng, 55, senior participant at Republic Polytechnic’s Health Management’s ILP
This initiative by C3A is organised by Family Central. For more information, please visit www.family-central.sg/learning_programme.html, call 6593 6474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
To watch ILP video, please click on www.c3a.org.sg/WatchVideo_details.do?id=4917