The seven organisations involved in the TOY-PLUS project had an eventful meeting in Athens. This project, which began almost a year ago is being coordinated by ICDI and is being funded by the European Commission. The Athens meeting was hosted by Hellenic Open University, the Greek partner in TOY-PLUS.
First on the meeting agenda was to agree on the six dimensions of quality which will form the basis of the TOY Quality Stamp. It involves a supported self-assessment process which will allow services and organisations to assess and improve intergenerational practice involving young children and older adults.
The six dimensions are:
1) Interaction with (in) the community,
2) Social inclusion and wellbeing,
3) Learning environment,
4) Professional development and teamwork,
5) Monitoring and evaluation,
Over the coming weeks and months we will be recruiting services interesting in being involved in the process.
The other achievement of the TOY-PLUS meeting in Athens was the filming of video lectures which will be used in our MOOC or Massive Open Online Course. The MOOC is called: ‘Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach and will contain five modules:
1) Young and old learning together;
2) Intergenerational learning for social inclusion;
3) How to organize and intergenerational programme;
4) Monitoring intergenerational learning quality;
5) Making intergenerational learning last.
We are also busy recruiting practitioners from early childhood education and care and the social care sectors to participating in testing the Together Old and Young MOOC.
Location: The Netherlands