Lynda Bellingham Launches The Generations@school Project


Lynda Bellingham reads to children at Sciennes Primary School, Edinburgh, at the launch of the European Commission's Generations@Schools Project in the UK.


The project is part of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 initiative and encourages schools to invite senior local community members like the St Catherine's Argyle Church Lunch Club in Sciennes into the classroom to build closer intergenerational relationships.



Lynda said: 'It would be lovely to see as many schools as possible getting involved in the Generations@School project in the same way Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh has today. It's a good way to help encourage more interaction between our generations.'


Schools are also invited to upload photographs from their event to to become part of this European initiative along with the chance to win a prize.


Head Teacher, Alison Noble, said: 'Our choir, orchestra and classes perform at the lunch club, which helps to build our children's confidence, so we're very keen to get involved in this project to help develop and expand our established links.'


During the weeks around April 29th and all May, all primary and secondary schools in UK and all over Europe are invited to open the doors of their classrooms to older people to create a venue for dialogue that can contribute both to better education and better mutual understanding. Schools all over Europe will host a variety of events, including discussions between the older people and the pupils, games, and artistic activities like drawing, theatre, music, handcraft activities, etc.


Schools can find further information and resources at the Generations@School website


The Generations@School launch also co-insides with the European Day of Solidarity Between Generations on Sunday (April 29th).



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