Improvement of Inter-generational Dialogue

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The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

The project “Improvement of Inter-generational Dialogue”, supported by Visegrad Fund includes strengthening intergenerational solidarity through raising awareness that solidarity among generations should not be understood only in financial terms, but mutual cooperation, understanding and coexistence of generations. The project is based on the attitude that there is no need to fear of demographic aging, but consider it as an opportunity that it represents. Solutions can be found in the change of relations between generations, in searching for new forms of exchanging knowledge, skills and experience, and sharing responsibility.

The project has comprehensive approach: It has multilateral socio political character – includes presentation of examples of good practice in intergenerational solidarity and exchange of experiences in improvement of social inclusion of the elderly between Serbia, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic; It has cultural character – includes 10 thematic theater performances “Prohibition of Discrimination of the Elderly“, and short documentary with deep social but also cultural messages; It combines promotion of human and citizen rights  – includes 10 debates for performances viewers, gives them opportunity to exchange opinions and attitudes; It has systemic and sustainable impact, reaches institutional and legal level – includes cooperation with CPE.

Project results evaluation summarized in 10 conclusions are intent to be submitted to the Commissioner for Protection of Equality and advocated to be included in general recommendations for the promotion of equality and prevention of discrimination which CPE submits to National Assembly in its annual report, as a basis for public policies development.

The project partners have been chosen on the basis of their long and valuable experience in protection of human rights, especially rights of venerable groups, promoting equality, social care and social cohesion:

The main partner Commissioner for Protection of Equality of Republic of Serbia is the Central State Institution for Protection of Discrimination and Promotion of Democracy. The task of this state authority is to prevent all forms, types and cases of discrimination, to protect the equality of natural persons and legal entities in all spheres of social relations, to oversee the enforcement of antidiscrimination regulations, and to improve realization and protection of equality. Their expertise in fight against discrimination, especially in the domain of discrimination against elderly will be valuable for project realization and advocacy of improving public policies in this sector.

Hungarian organization 90 decibel focuses in making cultural institutions, first of all theatres and museums, accessible for the hearing and visually impaired. Works with more than 10 theatres, 2 cinemas and a leading museum in Budapest and across the Hungary. Experience of 90 decibel combines cultural and social character on witch the project is based on. With their specific experience in cooperation with theaters in performances adaptation for venerable groups 90 decibel will provide us with guidelines and contribute to successful implementation of project activities with the similar goal.  

European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation TRITIA from Poland, facilitate and spread the cross  border, transnational, and interregional cooperation of its members with an objective to strengthen economic and social cohesion. It covers four regional governments of Moravian – Silesian Region (CZ), Opole Voivodeship (PL), Silesian Voivodeship (PL) and Žilina Self – governing Region (SK). It offers not only enormous potential for a continuous increase of intensity and systematization of a joint multilateral cooperation, but also its experience in working on social cohesion – basis of intergeneration solidarity. It also expands the field of project impact, with including another country – Slovakia, as Žilina Self – governing Region is their member.

Town of Valašské Meziříčí as a local self government in Czech Republic with its 41.543 inhabitants in and 18 municipalities in the administrative district can offer valuable practice and experience in regulation of social protection from another angle. We expect them to introduce us with their social policies in care for the elderly and intergeneration solidarity, and examples from practice. It would be more then useful for us to be presented the practical examples of social inclusion of the elderly or examples of how they linked old and young.

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