Inter-generational Knowledge and Informal Educational Processes

The programs that make up this strategy reflect the huge diversity of cultural values, types of intelligence and wisdom that coexist among the neighborhood’s various generations. They also honor the idea that people continue to learn from the day they are born until the day they die, and that individual know-how can be collectivized by means of informal education.

The teacher-student hierarchy is constantly called into question by inviting neighbors to give workshops, courses and talks, and assume the role of professors/facilitators in work circles—roles that many of them have never played—, in an attempt to articulate and share their knowledge, and incorporate it into the daily life of their community. At the same time, these dynamics foster the re-adaptation of knowledge, making them versatile tools in the rescue of certain practices and the reappraisal of others, whose potential to bring about transformation and encourage interaction is not recognized by conventional systems that dictate what and how we should learn.

Strategy implementation programs:

Digital Migrants: Permanent computer skills and mobile devices program

Dates: January – December 2019

Facilitators: Dalila Martínez Sosa, Emiliano Mendoza, Miguel Sierra and Sebastián Navarro

Participants: 50 senior citizens

This platform maintains a constant space without fixed programming that brings older adults closer to the use of digital technologies. The lessons given are related to the specific needs of each participant and are taught by a group of young neighbors between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five who do not have specific training in teaching or the advanced systems. In this platform the neighbors find themselves in processes of dialogue with their peers from other generations and an intergenerational exchange of knowledge that builds affections and networks is made possible. The tools learned allow them to problem solve and strengthen cooperation, work and business networks.

Digital Migrants: Introductory workshops in computer skills for daily tasks

Dates: July, September and October

Facilitators: Emiliano Mendoza, Miguel Sierra and Sebastián Navarro

Participants: 40 senior citizens

The basic use of digital technology workshops support the learning of introductory knowledge for adults who have never used a computer. The workshops help to familiarize the participants with the most common and practical uses of computers. The emphasis is on involving neighbors between fifteen and twenty-five years of age as instructors; they do not have specific training as teachers but do have basic computer knowledge obtained due to the generational situation in which they were born. The dynamic focuses on the effort they make to systematize their knowledge being an integral part of in a short-term program that tests their ability to share what they know and establish empathic ties with their neighbors from other generations.