The Intergenerational Coexistence Days (14–16 May 2019), organised by the Slovenian Federation of Pensioners’ Organisations and the Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ljubljana, are the first central integrated event of intergenerational collaboration, incentives, and programmes for all generations. The event delivers the vision to follow demographic changes and maintain high social norms through mutual engagement to improve the situation of all generations in Slovenia.
The programme is being drafted by Slovenia’s Intergenerational Coalition, comprised of the National Youth Council of Slovenia, Slovenian Student Union, School Student organisation of Slovenia, and Slovenian Federation of Pensioners’ Organisations. It promotes expert and thematic discussion, where young people can become relevant interlocutors in topics concerning the elderly, while the elderly can support the efforts of young people in facing life challenges with their experience, wisdom, and responsibility. The expert programme will comprehensively focus on the problems on the job market and retiring: how young people can enter the job market, facing uncertain and precarious work forms, adapting the education system to the needs of the economy, the needs of older workers, key knowledge transfer, the necessary preparations for retirement, examples of active ageing through participation in volunteer programmes, and measures for improving the economic position of the retirees.
The event will also include a rich cultural and creative programme. We would like to invite everyone to participate in intergenerational creativity contests (making cards, lace, and a photography contest) published at: www.medgeneracijsko-sozitje.si. As part of the Lifelong Learning Week 2019, participants could attend workshops for prevention and raising awareness. Join us in promoting intergenerational coexistence at the Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ljubljana from 14–16 May.
Dijana Lukić (firstname.lastname@example.org), Slovenian Federation of Pensioners’ Organisations